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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.
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 1 August 2014 - 5:23pm
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:
- 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.
- Use hashtag #EndGazaBlockadeInCairo in all tweets.
- 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.
- 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!
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
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 29 July 2014 - 2:05pm
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
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 25 July 2014 - 8:54am
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.
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 23 July 2014 - 10:36am
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.
Rep. Jerry McNerny
Antioch Community Center
4703 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
Event Contact: Jeff Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Barbara Boxer
312 N. Spring St. Suite 1748
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Event Contact: Dario Monsalve, Monsalves@yahoo.com
Sen. Barbara Boxer
70 Washington Street, Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94607
Event Contact: Priscilla Rich, email@example.com
Rep. Barbara Lee
3:30 pm with march to follow
1301 Clay Street Suite 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
Event Contact: Sandra, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Susan Davis
2700 Adams Avenue Suite 102
San Diego CA 92116
Event Contact: Michael Brackney, email@example.com
Rep. Scott Peters
4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92121
Event Contact: Michael, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Lois Capps
1411 Marsh Street, Suite 205
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Event Contact: Silvi Surez, email@example.com
Rep. Mike Honda
2001 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
Event Contact: Shahid Siddiqui, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Sam Farr
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, email@example.com
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 21 July 2014 - 9:32pm
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:
- Sign my petition calling on the Obama Administration and Congress to use all the tools at their disposal to end the violence and lift the blockade of Gaza.
- Sign up to deliver petition signatures to your Representative or Senator’s local office. We’ll help you every step of the way. Just fill out our quick form to let us know you’re interested.
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 16 July 2014 - 12:59pm
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:
As of Wednesday morning, 213 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, including at least 34 children.   About 80% of the casualties have been civilians, according to the UN. 
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. 
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. 
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: