Action Alerts

Call-in: Your Republican Rep. Might Support the Iran Deal

Republican Party leaders are trying to make opposition to President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal a Republican loyalty test. Every Republican presidential candidate has attacked it, including Rand Paul.

But Reps. Walter Jones (NC-03), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Rich Nugent (FL-11), Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01), Richard Hanna (NY-22), Pat Tiberi (OH-12), Tom Cole (OK-04), Glenn Thompson (PA-05), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Charlie Dent (PA-15), Jimmy Duncan (TN-02), and Sean Duffy (WI-07) might defy Republican leaders and support the deal. In July 2013, these representatives signed a bipartisan letter urging the Administration to engage with Iran following the election of President Rouhani. That was also against the Republican line at the time.

There’s tremendous pressure on Republicans in Congress now from AIPAC and the right-wing to oppose the deal. These Representatives needs to hear from you now. Call your Representative now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

“In July 2013, Representative _____ encouraged the Administration to pursue diplomacy with Iran. I urge Representative _____ to oppose efforts now in Congress to scuttle the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.”

When you’ve made your call, you can report it below.

And if you haven’t signed our joint petition with Win Without War and CREDO in support of the deal, you can do that here:

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

Iran Deal Under Attack: Call Dem Supporters NOW

Republicans are savagely attacking the deal that President Obama and world leaders negotiated with Iran over its nuclear program.

Just two months ago, 151 Representatives signed the Schakowsky letter in support of the Iran negotiations and the framework agreement. [1] Their voices are needed NOW in support of diplomacy.

Call your Representative now at (202) 224-3121 and say

“I urge Rep. ______ to speak up forcefully now in defense of the Iran nuclear agreement reached by President Obama and world leaders, and to vigorously oppose Republican efforts to attack the deal.”

When you’ve made your call, please report it using the form below.

Call-in: Tell Your Rep. to Stand with Other Dems on Iran Deal

Supporting President Obama’s successful effort to win a diplomatic agreement with Iran and prevent another war in the Middle East should be a no-brainer for Democrats – especially Democrats who have supported diplomacy with Iran in the past.

But it’s not, unfortunately, because AIPAC is on the warpath against the Iran nuclear deal.

In July 2013, Scott Peters (CA-52), Jim Himes (CT-04), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), and Alcee Hastings (FL-20) all signed the Dent-Price letter urging renewed efforts to engage with Iran following the election of President Rouhani on a promise of renewed engagement with the West. But two months ago, when 150 House Democrats signed a letter expressing strong support for President Obama’s ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, they did not join. That’s why these Representatives needs to hear from you now.

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

“I urge Rep. ______ to stand with other Democrats in support of President Obama’s agreement with Iran, and to pledge to vote against any Republican attempt to scuttle the deal.”

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

And if you haven’t signed our joint petition with Win Without War and CREDO to Congress yet, you can sign it here:

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

Call-in: Tell Your Rep. to Stand with Progressives on Iran Deal

Supporting President Obama’s successful effort to win a diplomatic agreement with Iran and prevent another war in the Middle East should be a no-brainer for Democrats – especially progressive Democrats.

But it’s not, unfortunately, because AIPAC is on the warpath against the Iran nuclear deal. [1]

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has officially backed President Obama's Iran deal. But Reps. Lois Frankel (FL-22), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Frank Pallone (NJ-06), who are all members of the CPC, have been quiet in the past when others were speaking up for diplomacy – that’s why they need to hear from you now.

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

“I urge Rep. ______ to stand with other Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in support of President Obama’s agreement with Iran, and to pledge to vote against any Republican attempt to scuttle the deal.”

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

And if you haven’t signed our joint petition with Win Without War and CREDO to Congress yet, you can sign it here:

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

Call-in: Tell Grayson to support Iran deal

Representative Alan Grayson has been unusual among Florida Democrats in attacking the nuclear deal that President Obama and world leaders negotiated with Iran. [1] Even New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who is under tremendous pressure from groups opposed to the deal, has only said that he will thoroughly review the deal, rather than attacking it the way Grayson has. [2]

If you live in Florida, Alan Grayson wants to represent you, because he’s running for Florida’s open Senate seat. So Alan Grayson has good reason to care what you think.

Call Alan Grayson now at 202-225-9889. When you reach a staffer, say something like:

“As a Florida voter, I urge you to publicly support the diplomatic deal with Iran and vote against any Republican attempt to scuttle it.”

When you’ve made your call, you can report it below.

If you haven’t signed our joint petition with Win Without War, CREDO, and other groups, you can do that here: http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/stopwarwithiran

Will Congressional Progressives Speak Up on IMF vs. Greece?

UPDATE July 2 2015: The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is circulating a letter to the IMF, pressing the IMF to back off on its austerity demands in the debt negotiations with Greece. Senator Sanders has signed the letter. The letter has been endorsed by AFL-CIO, Just Foreign Policy, Public Citizen, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Campaign for America's Future.

We want to get as many members of the CPC as possible to sign the letter before it closes at the end of the day TODAY.

If your Rep is a member of the CPC, call them NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say

I urge you to sign the CPC letter urging the IMF to show greater flexibility in the debt negotiations with Greece. The letter closes today.

When you're done, report your call using the form below.

Original Action

Progressives around the world are speaking up against what the International Monetary Fund is doing to Greece. Tens of thousands protested in Athens last night. [1] Their protests have been echoed by Nobel-prize winning US economists Paul Krugman [2] Joseph Stiglitz [3], and by former Archibishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, rejecting the IMF's austerity demands. [4] Yesterday, Working Families [5] and Just Foreign Policy [6] sent alerts calling on President Obama and Congress to stand with Greece against the IMF.

One group of people who haven’t spoken up yet: progressives in Congress. Today, we want to change that. If your Representative is a member of the Congressional Progressive Congress[7], call them now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

“As a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, I urge you to make a public statement against what the IMF is doing to Greece.”

When you're done, report your call below.

References

Your Rep can do something for Palestinian children's rights

Last week, the American Friends Services Committee, in conjunction with a coalition of other groups, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill on the situation for Palestinian children under the Israeli military occupation — particularly those detained by the military As UNICEF has reported, “the ill-treatment of Palestinian children who come in contact with the military detention system is widespread, systematic, and institutionalized from the moment of arrest until the child's prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing.”

As a follow-up to this briefing, Rep. Betty McCollum has initiated a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry summarizing the issue and urging the State Department to take specific action:

Secretary Kerry, we urge the Department of State to elevate the human rights of Palestinian children to a priority status in our bilateral relationship with the Government of Israel. Furthermore, we fully expect the State Department to address the status of Israel’s military detention system’s treatment of Palestinian children in its annual human rights report.

Call your Representative NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say

I urge Rep. _____ to sign Rep. McCollum's letter to Secretary John Kerry urging the State Department to make the human rights of Palestinian children a priority in our relationship with Israel.

Here are a few talking points should you need them:

Senate action TODAY on Fast Track, pro-settlements provision

Sometime this afternoon, the Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on whether to move the Fast Track trade package a step closer to becoming law.

Among the many reasons to oppose Fast Track is a measure that aims to discourage foreign governments from boycotting, divesting from, or sanctioning companies that do business in "Israeli-controlled territories." This provision is aimed at pressuring the European Union to reverse course on the steps it's taken in recent years to oppose Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The provision also erodes the distinction between Israel and Israeli settlements, seemingly endorsing the Israeli annexation of the West Bank. For these reasons, groups such as J Street, Americans for Peace Now, and Jewish Voice for Peace oppose the measure.

Interestingly, Republicans are working closely with the White House to try to pass Fast Track — but they are having trouble gathering enough Democratic support. Just last night, Senator Dick Durbin said "it's very questionable" whether Republicans have the 60 votes necessary to pass the procedural hurdle to bring the bill to a vote on the floor.

Call your Senators NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say:

I urge Sen. __________ to oppose S. 995, the Trade Promotion Authority Bill, and to vote NO on today's procedural vote to move the bill forward. I particularly oppose the provision in the bill that endorses the Israeli annexation of the West Bank and seeks to block Europe from limiting commercial relations with Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

When you're done, report your call below.

Testify Online Against IL Anti-Boycott Bill!

On Wednesday morning, the Executive Committee of the Illinois House is scheduled to consider SB 1761, a bill that would force state pension fund administrators to blacklist companies that boycott businesses that operate in “territories under the control of Israel” — i.e., in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. This legislation not only infringes on the rights of those making an ethical decision to boycott human rights abuses, it also legitimizes the Israeli annexation of the West Bank, which official US policy opposes.

There is a lot of misinformation circulating about this bill in the State Capitol, which makes it even more important that your reps hear from you!

Here are two things you can do right now to stop this bill:

  1. Submit a witness slip in opposition to the bill. It’s easy and only takes a minute! When filling out the witness slip, indicate “opponent”, “record of appearance only”, and enter the organization you represent under “representation” or just enter “self”. Make sure to spell out your organization (don’t use abbreviations).
  2. Call Executive Committee Chair Dan Burke at (217) 782-1117 and say

    I am an Illinois resident and I oppose SB 1761, which would force state pension fund administrators to blacklist companies that boycott businesses that operate in "territories under the control of Israel." This bill infringes on the rights of those who choose to boycott human rights abuses and also legitimizes the Israeli annexation of the West Bank. I urge Rep. Burke to oppose this bill and stop it in committee.

Help me lobby Rep. Blumenauer tomorrow to oppose pro-settlement legislation

I’m on Capitol Hill this week, with two tasks: urging Democrats to sign the Schakowsky letter supporting diplomacy with Iran, and urging Democrats to oppose the language attacking European sanctions on Israeli settlements in the West Bank that’s been attached to the trade bills.

Your Representative, Earl Blumenauer, is key right now to getting the pro-settlement language out of the trade bills. He’s one of only two House Democrats who supported the trade bills in committee. He has been a champion of diplomacy, endorsed by J Street. If he says that the pro-settlement language has to removed from the trade bills, it’s much more likely to be removed.

I’m going to be visiting Blumenauer’s office tomorrow. Can you help me move Rep. Blumenauer to engage?

Please call Rep. Blumenauer’s office now at 202-225-4811. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

I urge Rep. Blumenauer to use his unique position of influence to push for removal of pro-settlement language from the trade bill.

When you’ve made your call, you can report it using the form below.