Action Alerts

Time for Your Rep to Call for End to Gaza Blockade NOW

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.

Report your call: #StandWithKeith to end Gaza blockade

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.

Daily Twitter Storm on #EndGazaBlockadeInCairo Noon ET Until Cairo Talks Conclude

Just Foreign Policy, along with our partners at Gaza's Ark and the International Freedom Flotilla Coalition, have called for a daily 15 minute twitter storm at 12 noon eastern time until the Cairo talks end with an agreement to lift the siege of Gaza.

Here's how to participate:

  1. Be on Twitter at noon Eastern US time (11 AM Central, 9 AM Pacific) every day until the Cairo talks conclude. If you can't make it every day, don't worry. Show up when you can. Check here if you need to look up the time in your area.
  2. Use hashtag #EndGazaBlockadeInCairo in all tweets.
  3. Tweet as much as you can for 15 minutes. Sample tweets can be found below or you can watch the hashtag and copy & paste tweets you like.
  4. Come back the next day at noon ET until Cairo talks conclude.

Make sure to REFRESH THIS PAGE right before the start time to ensure you have the latest tweets!

Sample Tweets

Tweets about blockade/petition

Use the buttons below to tweet these messages for an immediate end to the blockade of Gaza.

Over 35K call on @WhiteHouse & @JohnKerry to #EndGazaBlockadeInCairo http://bit.ly/end-war-blockade

Tweet your support of John Kerry's efforts to address Gaza blockade

Secretary of State John Kerry is coming under fire in Israel for trying to broker a ceasefire in Gaza that addresses the humanitarian and economic situation created by Israel and Egypt's seven year-old blockade. Let Kerry know that you have his back against the Israeli onslaught by tweeting your support. We have set up some sample tweets for you below, but feel free to make your own!

To tweet, either copy and paste the sample tweet into your preferred Twitter app or click the button following the tweet.

If you are on Facebook, you can also like and share our graphic there.

We support @JohnKerry’s push for lasting #Gaza ceasefire, addressing blockade http://bit.ly/end-war-blockade #GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/nc0f7uwEoi

We support @JohnKerry’s push to address humanitarian & economic situation in #Gaza http://bit.ly/end-war-blockade #GazaUnderAttack

URGENT: House Vote on Iraq War Powers TODAY—Call your Rep NOW!

Sometime after noon today, the House will take an important vote that is likely to determine whether the U.S. launches airstrikes in Iraq.

If the House passes the McGovern-Jones-Lee H. Con. Res. 105, which it well might, direct U.S. military intervention in Iraq will be much less likely. The bill requires the President to seek explicit Congressional approval for involving U.S. troops in combat.

Call your Representative now and urge them to vote YES on H. Con. Res. 105. You can call the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121. Ask to be connected to your Representative’s office. When you reach a staffer, say:

My name is ____ and I’m calling from ____ to urge Representative ____ to vote YES on H. Con. Res. 105 to require the President to seek Congressional authorization before using military force in Iraq.

When you’ve made your call, you can report it using our easy response form below.

National Day of Action for Gaza Congressional Office Visit Events

Thursday, July 24 is a National Day of Action for Gaza in the US. Just Foreign Policy is calling on members to deliver this petition to local congressional offices in conjunction with protests, vigils, and other events being organized throughout the country.

Below is a list of petition delivery events currently scheduled. Email the event contact to RSVP. If there is no event in your area and you would like to start one, please fill out our form.

California

Rep. Jerry McNerny
4:45pm
Antioch Community Center
4703 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
Event Contact: Jeff Campbell, piper4peace@gmail.com

Sen. Barbara Boxer
Noon
312 N. Spring St. Suite 1748
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Event Contact: Dario Monsalve, Monsalves@yahoo.com

Sen. Barbara Boxer
Noon
70 Washington Street, Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94607
Event Contact: Priscilla Rich, pdrich350@gmail.com

Rep. Barbara Lee
3:30 pm with march to follow
1301 Clay Street Suite 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
Event Contact: Sandra, revdecker@msn.com

Rep. Susan Davis
Noon
2700 Adams Avenue Suite 102
San Diego CA 92116
Event Contact: Michael Brackney, michaelbrackney@gmail.com

Rep. Scott Peters
Noon
4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92121
Event Contact: Michael, mghardcastle@cox.net

Rep. Lois Capps
Noon
1411 Marsh Street, Suite 205
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Event Contact: Silvi Surez, lilaplay@ymail.com

Rep. Mike Honda
Noon
2001 Gateway Place
Suite 670W
San Jose, CA 95110
Event Contact: Shahid Siddiqui, sksiddiqui@yahoo.com

Rep. Sam Farr
Noon
701 Ocean Street, Room 318C
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/558359054268708/?context=create&source=49
Contact: Kathleen Eschen-Pipes, pipesession@aol.com

Five members of my family were just killed in Gaza

The following is a message from Abir Elzowidi to Just Foreign Policy supporters.

My name is Abir Elzowidi. I work in Los Angeles for a small NGO called “Oasis of Peace” promoting peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians, Christians, Muslims and Jews.

A few days ago, five members of my family—including two small children—were killed in my village of Beit Hanoun in Gaza. A few days before, several other family members were told to leave their homes and made to stand by and watch as members of the Israeli Defense Force bombed their homes. They are now homeless, including my 93 year-old grandmother. Now I am afraid for the safety of my mother, my sister, my brother and their children in Gaza City as they are bombing randomly all around them. They, like others in Gaza, have nowhere safe to go.

I am grieving but I need your support. Together, we are not powerless. We can use our voices in this country to say enough is enough: stop the bombing, stop killing innocent children!

Thursday, July 24, will be a national day of action on Gaza. Here are two things you can do to help stop the violence:

Obama: Don't Let Israel Bomb Gaza Hospital

International solidarity activists, including American journalist Joe Catron, are acting as “human shields” to prevent the Israeli military from bombing Wafa Hospital in Gaza.

Urge President Obama and your representatives in Congress to demand that Israel refrain from bombing Wafa Hospital and other medical facilities in Gaza protected by international humanitarian law by signing our petition at MoveOn:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/dont-bomb-Gaza-hospital

As of Wednesday morning, 213 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, including at least 34 children. [1] [2] About 80% of the casualties have been civilians, according to the UN. [3]

Wafa Hospital in Gaza’s Shujaiyya district has already been hit twice by Israeli airstrikes. The Israeli military has told the hospital to evacuate, but the hospital’s staff say that 16 elderly and terminally ill patients are too frail to move. [4]

When an Israeli military officer called the hospital late on Tuesday warning that it must be evacuated by 8AM Wednesday morning, Dr. Basman Alashi, the hospital’s executive director, called the World Health Organization, saying that such a move would risk the lives of patients.

On Wednesday, while many inhabitants of the surrounding area were fleeing in response to Israeli bombardment warnings, Dr. Alashi, 16 medical staff members and the same number of patients stayed behind.

They have been joined by eight international solidarity activists, including American journalist Joe Catron, who have volunteered to act as human shields at the hospital. [5]

Press President Obama and Members of Congress to demand that Israel not bomb Wafa Hospital or other medical facilities in Gaza protected by international humanitarian law by signing and sharing our petition:

Don't let Congress kill Iran talks!

The deadline on the latest round of Iran talks is just around the corner and, as expected, the Iran hawks in Congress are getting ready to swoop in for the kill.

Senators Robert Menendez and Lindsey Graham are circulating a letter that sets unreasonable demands on an agreement which have no productive use other than creating ill-will. [1]

AIPAC and friends are out on the Hill lobbying aggressively to get your Senators to sign this letter. That’s why they need to hear from you!

Tell your Senators not to sign the Menendez-Graham letter by sending an email today.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/letdiplomacywork

Negotiators are hard at work trying to reach a final deal with Iran, which will require compromise on both sides. But the conditions set in the Menendez-Graham letter throw compromise out the window by insisting on such non-starters as the dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

Iran has held to its side of the interim deal. It has shown good faith so far. We need to give the negotiators the chance to do their work without interference from those who don’t seem to want to see a deal—no matter the form. Since war is the only alternative to diplomacy, we need to fight against any attempt to sabotage talks.

The deadline for Senators to sign is Wednesday. Tell your Senators not to sign the Menendez-Graham letter now.

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/letdiplomacywork

Thanks for all you do to help avoid war,

Megan Iorio and Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy

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Congress: Use War Powers to Pull U.S. Troops From Iraq

Without Congressional authorization, President Obama has sent hundreds of U.S. soldiers to Iraq who could be used to call in airstrikes – airstrikes that would be certain to kill Iraqi children against whom we have no grievance.

Congress has never voted on this. When Congress passed the War Powers Resolution in 1973, it included a provision for just this situation: a provision to allow Members of Congress to force a vote on the deployment of U.S. troops to a combat situation.

Representatives Jim McGovern, Walter Jones, and Barbara Lee are now using this provision of the 1973 War Powers Resolution to force a vote on the deployment of U.S. soldiers for offensive military action in Iraq.

Urge your Representative to co-sponsor and vote for H Con Res 105 by signing our petition at MoveOn:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/iraq-withdrawal-war-powers

On June 19, President Obama notified Congress that he was sending U.S. troops to Iraq to serve as advisers to the Iraqi military. Press reports have indicated that these troops could be used for offensive military action, including calling in airstrikes. These are different troops than the troops President Obama sent earlier to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Congress has not authorized the U.S. use of military force in Iraq now. Nearly 200 Members of the House are on record saying that the authorization for the use of force in Iraq passed by Congress in 2002 should not be used to justify the use of force in Iraq today.

Under the War Powers Resolution passed by Congress in 1973, Members of Congress have 30 days from the President’s June 19 notification to introduce a “privileged” resolution – a resolution that can’t be buried in committee, but must go to the floor to be voted on – which would require the troops to be withdrawn.