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Congress: Stop UAE Siege of Hodeida, Save 250,000 Yemeni Lives

The government of the United Arab Emirates has threatened to siege the crucial Yemeni port of Hodeida in the coming weeks. The UN and aid groups have warned that this could kill 250,000 Yemenis. The UAE’s response was: “The price is right.”

Even top House Democrats who have expressed support for Saudi-UAE war aims in Yemen have publicly stated that attacking Hodeida would not achieve stated Saudi-UAE goals. It would not weaken the position of the Houthis at the bargaining table. It would not strengthen the position of Saudi-UAE at the bargaining table. It would just increase the death and suffering of thousands of innocent Yemeni civilians for no reason at all, except to appease the dictatorial regimes ruling Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The UN and aid groups have also warned that ten million more Yemenis will be pushed to the edge of starvation if the war is not ended this year.

There is no good reason for this war to continue. Congress has never authorized U.S. participation, without which the war would end. The UN envoy has stated repeatedly that he is close to a deal to stop the Saudi-UAE assault on Hodeida and resume peace talks. Sources close to the UN say the key missing ingredient for the deal is sufficient U.S. pressure on Saudi-UAE. They also say that Congress has the leverage to stop the UAE from following through on its threat to siege Hodeida.

But top Democrats in Congress continue to poor-mouth the leverage of Congress to stop the UAE from carrying out its threat, even though Congress just passed legislation conditioning U.S. participation in the war on Saudi-UAE efforts to end it through diplomacy.

Urge Congress to stop the UAE siege of Hodeida and save 250,000 Yemeni lives by signing our petition:

https://www.change.org/p/congress-stop-uae-siege-of-hodeida-save-250-000...

MSNBC: Stop censoring U.S.-assisted carnage in Yemen

 An analysis by Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) has found that the purportedly liberal cable network MSNBC did not run a single segment devoted specifically to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen in the second half of 2017, even though – or perhaps because – the U.S. government has played a key role in creating the catastrophe. During this period MSNBC ran nearly 5,000 percent more segments that mentioned Russia than segments that mentioned Yemen.

In all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the U.S.-assisted Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians. And it never mentioned Yemen’s cholera epidemic, which infected more than 1 million Yemenis in the largest outbreak in recorded history, a direct result of the U.S.-assisted Saudi/UAE war and blockade.[1]

Senate: Wield the Constitution to Stop Saudi Starvation of Yemeni Children

A bipartisan resolution will soon be introduced in the Senate invoking the War Powers Resolution to force a debate and vote on ending unauthorized U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen.

Urge your Rep. to co-sponsor Khanna-Massie to stop the Saudi famine in Yemen

Reps. Ro Khanna, Thomas Massie, Mark Pocan, and Walter Jones have introduced a privileged bipartisan bill invoking the War Powers Resolution to force a floor vote on ending U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's famine-producing war in Yemen. The current cosponsors are: Conyers, Lieu, Capuano, Ellison, McGovern, Lee, Raskin, Jayapal, Gabbard, Bass, Pallone, DeFazio, Nolan, Lofgren, Cohen, Slaughter, Blumenauer, Norton, Dingell, Walz, Doggett, Welch, Grijalva, Rush, McCollum, Clark, Schakowsky, Danny Davis, Hanabusa, Cooper, Jackson Lee, Labrador, Watson Coleman, and Waters.

If your Rep. is not yet a co-sponsor, call them now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to co-sponsor the privileged bipartisan Khanna-Massie resolution to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen."

If your Rep. is already a co-sponsor, please thank them for co-sponsoring the bill.

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And you can sign and share our petition to the House here.

Press for Real Diplomacy to End the Unwinnable Afghan War

Capitulating to his generals, President Trump has agreed to send thousands of more American soldiers to Afghanistan, even though experts agree that the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable.

The only realistic alternative to endless war in Afghanistan is a negotiated peace that includes all the major Afghan factions and all the neighboring countries that are supporting major Afghan factions in the Afghan civil war, including Pakistan, India, Iran, and Russia. The Obama and Bush Administrations never seriously pursued a negotiated peace. So far, the Trump Administration is simply continuing the Bush-Obama policy of adding just enough American soldiers to prevent the Taliban from completely taking over Afghanistan, without doing anything diplomatically and politically to end the war.

Urge your Rep. & Senators to press the Trump Administration to commit to real diplomacy to end the war in Afghanistan by signing our petition at MoveOn.

Press your "Saudi Dem" Senator to stop arming Saudi war crimes

On June 13, only five Democratic Senators voted to keep arming Saudi Arabia's famine-inducing war in Yemen: Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Mark Warner of Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The vote was 47-53. If these five Democrats had voted with the Senate Democratic leadership and the majority of Senate Democrats - that is, if they had voted like Democrats, like they did on Trumpcare - the Senate would have voted to block the Saudi arms deal.

Senator Todd Young [R-IN] and Senator Jeff Merkley [D-OR] have introduced amendments on the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] which would block the arming of Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen. Senator Young's amendment would prohibit any arms transfers to Saudi Arabia until the Saudis stop bombing hospitals and stop blocking humanitarian aid. Senator Merkley's amendment would prohibit the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Call your Senator now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"Stop arming Saudi war crimes in Yemen. Co-sponsor the Young and Merkley amendments."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And if you haven't signed our petition to the "five Saudi Dems" yet, please do that here.

One Million Malnourished Kids At Risk Of Cholera In Yemen

More than a million malnourished children are living in areas of Yemen hit hardest by a cholera outbreak, NPR reports. Malnourished children have substantially reduced immune systems and are at least three times more likely to die if they contract cholera. Yemen's cholera outbreak is already the world's worst in a single year since records have been kept. Treatment for cholera in Yemen would be straightforward, if it weren't for the U.S.-enabled Saudi-UAE war in Yemen.

UNICEF director Anthony Lake was clear when asked by The Associated Press about how to end the disaster: "Stop the war."

So far, the House Republican leadership has blocked a floor vote on ending U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's Yemen war. But House Members could force a floor vote by invoking their Congressional war powers, since, as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker has acknowledged, Congress never authorized this war.

Urge House Members to force a floor vote on the war to help save a million kids by signing our petition at MoveOn.

Unacceptable: Congress blocked vote on the Saudi famine-war in Yemen.

Last week, efforts to get a floor vote in the House on U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE famine-war in Yemen on the Defense Appropriation were blocked by the House Republican leadership.

There's only one path left to force a floor vote in the House on U.S. participation in the Saudi famine-war: press House Members to use their Congressional war powers to force a debate and vote on withdrawing unauthorized U.S. participation from Saudi Arabia's war - just as Dennis Kucinich forced a House vote on U.S. participation in the unauthorized war in Libya in 2011.

Help us force a House vote on Saudi Arabia's famine-war by signing our petition at MoveOn.

U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's war is politically vulnerable in the House, if we can force a vote:

- Congress has never authorized U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen has nothing to do with the U.S. wars on Al Qaeda or ISIS.
- U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's war is a pure "war of choice." It has nothing to do with protecting the U.S. homeland. The Obama Administration began U.S. participation in the war as a "favor" to Saudi Arabia, to "compensate" them for accepting the Iran nuclear deal.
- Saudi Arabia's war is helping Al Qaeda, by creating a security vacuum in Yemen, and because Saudi Arabia is allied with Al Qaeda against the Houthi-Saleh alliance in Yemen.
- Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine, creating the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and the worst cholera outbreak in the world. UNICEF says a child is dying in Yemen of preventable causes like malnutrition and diarrhea every ten minutes.

Allow the House to vote on U.S. role in the Saudi war in Yemen

The House is now considering amendments to the Department of Defense Appropriation. The House Rules Committee will decide which amendments will get House floor votes.

Five amendments have been submitted to the Rules Committee that would prohibit or limit U.S. military participation in the Saudi war in Yemen or would limit the transfer of weapons to the Saudi war in Yemen, including explicit prohibition of the refueling of Saudi and UAE planes bombing Yemen and prohibition of the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Urge Republicans on the House Rules Committee to allow House votes on ending and limiting U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen by signing our petition at MoveOn.

With ACLU, MoveOn: Oppose Bills Criminalizing Free Speech Against Settlements

The ACLU has written to Congress urging opposition to pending bills that seek to criminalize advocacy of boycotts against Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The ACLU warned that proponents of the bills are "seeking additional co-sponsors," and explained that the bills would "punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs."

MoveOn has joined the ACLU's opposition to the bills. "Regardless how you feel about BDS, Congress must reject action to criminalize free speech and peaceful protest. The Democrats in House and Senate must say no to H.R. 1697/S. 720," MoveOn said. “Free speech and peaceful protest are integral to democracy."

S.720 & H.R.1697 would erase the distinction in U.S. law between Israel and Israeli settlements in the West Bank and make it illegal for U.S. companies to boycott or otherwise discriminate against Israeli settlements in the West Bank based on calls by the United Nations or the European Union.

Urge your Senators & Representative to join the ACLU & MoveOn in opposing these unconstitutional bills by signing our petition.