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Submitted by Megan Iorio on 9 December 2014 - 12:51pm
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) is expected to vote soon on an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. It is virtually certain that some authorization of force will pass. But the committee will consider limits on the authorization of force, and meaningful limitations could pass.
If you have a Senator on the committee, you are in a unique position to influence the vote.
Sen. Tim Kaine has a proposal that would prohibit the use of ground troops except for rescue missions and "limited operations against high-value targets" – that is, against terrorist leaders who directly threaten the United States. It would expire in one year unless renewed by Congress. It would also require the White House to give legislators a list of groups that might be covered by the authorization because they are associated with the Islamic State.
Call your Senator at (202) 224-3121. You can say something like,
I urge Senator X to support Sen. Kaine’s proposals to limit the authorization of the use of force against ISIS, including by prohibiting the use of U.S. ground forces in combat in Iraq and Syria except for rescue missions and against groups that directly threaten the U.S.
When you’ve made your call, please report it below.
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 3 December 2014 - 8:36pm
It’s been little over a week since the US and its European partners agreed to extend talks with Iran and anti-diplomacy forces are already pushing Congress to pass new sanctions, which would violate the interim deal and kill the talks.
Your Senators are being pressured to support efforts to kill the Iran talks and need to hear from you!
Call your Senators NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say
I support diplomacy with Iran. Passing new sanctions now would violate the interim deal and kill the talks. [NAME] should oppose such measures. [NAME] should speak up in support of letting diplomacy work.
When you’re done, report your call using our easy response form below.
For those calling Sen-elect Gary Peters: If you can't get through to his House line or if his voicemail is full, call his Detroit office at (313) 964-9960.
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 21 November 2014 - 1:00pm
If Chris Murphy, Tim Kaine, or Rand Paul is one of your Senators, you have a great opportunity to help block funding for US military action in Iraq and Syria until Congress has considered an AUMF.
Your Senator is one of a handful of Senators who have been protesting the fact that Congress has not yet debated and voted on an authorization of force for the new war in Iraq and Syria.
But your Senator hasn’t yet spoken out about the Pentagon’s request for $5 billion more in new money for the war. If Congress approves the money without debating and voting on an AUMF, it would be endorsing the claim that a debate and vote is not necessary.
Since your Senator has already gone public with his support for a debate and vote on an AUMF, we think it’s likely that he would also speak out against the funding request if given a little push.
Call your Senator now at (202) 224-3121. Say:
I’m calling to thank Senator X for speaking out about the fact that Congress has not yet voted on an AUMF, and to urge Senator X to publicly oppose any new funding for the war until Congress has debated and voted on an AUMF.
When you’ve made your call, please report it using our easy response form below.
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 12 November 2014 - 11:54am
The US military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria is entering its fourth month. Congress has been reluctant to act on their obligation to debate and vote on the new war—but that’s about to change.
Last week, President Obama announced that he would seek a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) in Iraq and Syria. But the AUMF the Administration is proposing may go even further than targeting ISIS to embroil us in another endless and borderless war.
Congress will begin considering a new AUMF very soon, with hearings in the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee expected this week. That means we need to speak up NOW in order to influence the debate.
Call your reps in Congress NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say:
I urge you to support the principles of H. Con. Res 114 which calls for Congress to oppose the use of ground troops and says any AUMF on Iraq and Syria should be narrow and limited. 
In particular, any AUMF should:
- prohibit ground troops, as the President has said;
- be narrowly focused on ISIS and Al Qaeda, as the President has said.
- have a time limit or sunset provision so that it has to be renewed in the future for war to continue rather than lasting indefinitely by default; and
- include a provision for regular public reporting on civilian deaths and injuries from U.S. airstrikes, so that the public, Members of Congress, and journalists can better understand reports in the media about civilian casualties.
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Submitted by Megan Iorio on 23 October 2014 - 11:12am
While Members of Congress are preoccupied with the upcoming midterm election, it’s our job to remind them of the obligations they face when they return to Washington in November—namely, to debate and vote on the Obama administration’s war in Iraq and Syria.
It is not too late to rein in the war and ensure it doesn’t become another endless quagmire.
Just before the recess, Rep. Raul Grijalva introduced a resolution on behalf of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, H. Con. Res. 114, which states that Congress
- should debate and vote on a statutory authorization for any sustained U.S. combat role in Iraq or Syria,
- does not support the deployment of ground combat troops in Iraq or Syria,
- should ensure that any such statutory authorization is limited, and
- should ensure that any statutory authorization includes robust reporting requirements.
Call your Rep TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and say
Congress has an obligation to debate and vote on the war in Iraq and Syria when it returns to Washington in November. Rep. ______ should co-sponsor H. Con. Res. 114, which states that Congress should debate and vote on an authorization for the US use of military force in Iraq and Syria which is limited and prohibits the use of US ground troops.
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Submitted by Megan Iorio on 26 September 2014 - 5:50pm
On September 8, Rep. Danny Davis from Chicago became the third Member of Congress to issue a public statement calling for an end to the blockade of Gaza, joining Reps. Keith Ellison and Barbara Lee.
The Davis statement came as a result of grassroots engagement led by the Chicago-based Committee for Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP). Their story is an inspiration to us all, showing us that, with perseverance and persuasion, it is possible to turn Members of Congress out in favor of justice in Israel/Palestine.
The Israelis and Palestinians are scheduled to begin their next round of talks in late October. With Hamas and the Palestinian Authority’s announcement of a unity agreement and the transfer of control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, the ground is set for an agreement to end the blockade. All that’s left is to build political will.
Help us build off the momentum of the Ellison, Lee, and Davis statements by sharing these graphics on Facebook and Twitter. You can share them elsewhere by right clicking and saving them to your computer.
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 16 September 2014 - 9:03am
Congress is expected to vote soon on a controversial proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have expressed opposition. With recent reports that some so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels this proposal seeks to arm have signed non-aggression pacts with ISIS, as in the past, now is not the time to rush into a policy whose consequences remain so unknown.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has introduced H. Con. Res. 114, demanding a robust debate and an authorization vote on any use of force. Sponsors so far include Reps. Grijalva, Ellison, Lee, McGovern, Defazio, Grayson, and Welch.
MoveOn, Win Without War, Peace Action and many other groups have called for a National Day of Action TODAY to say: stop the rush to war in Iraq & Syria!
Call your Representative NOW at (202) 224-3121. When you speak to a staffer (or leave a message), you can use the talking points below:
Hi, my name is ______, and I'm a constituent from _______.
I urge you to vote "NO" on expanding military aid to rebel groups in Syria. More weapons to groups we don’t know, who may use them against us or our allies in the future, will only make the situation worse.
I also urge you to co-sponsor H. Con. Res. 114, demanding a debate and an authorization vote on any use of force and the prohibition of the use of ground troops.
When you’ve made your call, you can report it here:
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 3 September 2014 - 7:19pm
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has announced that the Israeli government is seizing nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land for another massive settlement project. The Israeli group Peace Now has called it the largest land grab in 30 years.
Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to heed J Street's call to say that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal and to make it clear that U.S. opposition is not just symbolic, by signing our petition at MoveOn.
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said  that the U.S. is “deeply concerned” about the announcement and called on Israel to reverse the decision. But when asked what consequences Israel would face if it didn’t reverse the decision, Psaki had no answer.
We’ve been here before. Whenever Israel announces new settlement expansion, the U.S. issues a statement of mild condemnation backed by little substantive action. And while it is the consensus of the international community that Israeli settlements are illegal, the U.S. continues to refer to them instead as “illegitimate” and “unhelpful”.
The “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby J Street issued a statement  saying that it’s time for the U.S. government to “stop issuing toothless statements of regret and do something real” and to “make it clear that the U.S. opposition to settlements is not just symbolic.” We agree.
Thank you for all you do to help push U.S. foreign policy to be more just,
Robert Naiman and Megan Iorio
Just Foreign Policy
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Submitted by Megan Iorio on 19 August 2014 - 11:41pm
The Gaza ceasefire has collapsed. Hostilities have resumed; three Palestinians in Gaza have been killed, including a woman and a young girl.
The key sticking point in the ceasefire talks has been the Israeli government’s unwillingness to agree to end the blockade on Gaza’s civilian population, even if the Palestinian Authority and European monitors are controlling what enters Gaza.
Two Members of Congress who belong to the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus – Keith Ellison and Barbara Lee – have called for the blockade to end now. Yesterday, actor and director Danny Glover called for others to join them.
The best chance we have of building more political support for an end to the blockade is to appeal to other members of the Progressive and Black Caucus to stand with Reps. Ellison and Lee. That’s why we’re turning to you.
Please call your Rep NOW at 202-225-3121 and say
Like Danny Glover, I urge you to stand with Keith Ellison and Barbara Lee in calling for the blockade of Gaza to end now. Please make a public statement supporting the idea of ending the blockade as part of a long-term Gaza ceasefire.
Then report your call using our easy response form below.
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 5 August 2014 - 4:40pm
On July 29, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Keith Ellison did something unique for a Member of Congress: he wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for an end to the economic blockade on the 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza.
As of this writing, only Representative Barbara Lee has joined Representative Ellison among Members of Congress in calling for the economic blockade on civilians in Gaza to end.
We want to change that. And we have a plan to do it.
We have identified 27 Members of the House we think are most likely to join Keith in calling for an end to the economic blockade of Gaza, listed in the drop-down menu below.
If your Representative is listed, volunteer to delivery our petition to your Rep's local office and/or call him or her TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and say
As Rep. ____'s constituent, I’m urging him/her to stand with Rep. Keith Ellison in favor of ending the blockade on 1.8 million human beings in Gaza, mostly women and children.
Like Keith, Rep. ____ signed the July 2013 Dent-Price letter backing the Obama Administration’s diplomatic engagement with Iran. Like Keith, Rep. _____ is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. That’s why I’m hopeful that he/she will stand with Keith now in favor of using diplomacy to end the blockade of Gaza.
More than 34,000 Americans have signed a petition at MoveOn calling for Secretary of State Kerry to use all diplomatic means to end the blockade.
Please join Rep. Ellison in calling for an end to the blockade.
When you're done, report your call using our easy response form below.