Just Foreign Policy's Robert Naiman is in Providence with Rhode Islanders delivering a petition to Senator Jack Reed urging him to renounce his support for cluster bomb sales to Saudi Arabia. Here are 3 quick reasons Sen. Reed should do this:
- Cluster bombs often kill civilians, sometimes years after a conflict ends.
- Although the company that makes US cluster bombs, Textron, is based in Rhode Island, both of Rhode Island's House Representatives voted to ban cluster bomb sales to Saudi Arabia.
- Human Rights Watch reported that Saudi Arabia has used U.S. cluster bombs in civilian areas in Yemen, in defiance of US law.
Join today's action by calling Sen. Reed and urging him to renounce his support for cluster bombs sales to Saudi Arabia!
Call his Providence office NOW at (401) 528-5200. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:
“I urge Sen. Jack Reed to join Rhode Island Reps. David Cicilline and Jim Langevin in opposing sales of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. We should not be selling this weapon to a country that targets civilians.”
When you have made your call, please report it below.
On June 16, the House of Representatives narrowly failed to approve an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Conyers [D-MI] that would have blocked the transfer of U.S. cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, which has used U.S. cluster bombs in civilian areas in Yemen, in defiance of U.S. law.
Textron, based in Providence, Rhode Island, is the last North American producer of cluster bombs, and has the contract to supply cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. Some opponents of the amendment cited this as a reason for their opposition - banning the transfer of U.S. cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia might hurt the profits of a U.S. company. Rhode Island's Representatives in the House, David Cicilline and Jim Langevin, rejected this argument - they did the right thing and voted yes on the Conyers amendment.
Urge Jack Reed to do the right thing and renounce his support of cluster bombs by signing our petition at MoveOn.