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One of the indispensable contributors to the Senate passage SJRes54, the war powers resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi war on Yemen was the national grassroots lobbying effort coordinated by Hassan El-Tayyab.
Over the past two years, he has been working to end the war in Yemen through direct lobbying, publishing his writings, grassroots organizing, speaking at rallies, living rooms, board rooms, college campuses, the radio, TV, and his working to create a larger platform to Yemeni voices working for peace.
El-Tayyab relocated to D.C. in September 2018 to lobby Congress in support of HConRes138 and SJRes54, the war powers resolutions to end US involvement in the Saudi war on Yemen. In that time, he has met with close to 180 House offices and coordinated with dozens of Senate offices in support of both HConRes138 and SJRes54, working alongside staff from advocacy organizations including Freedom Works, Defense Priorities, In Defense of Christians, the Koch Institute, FCNL, Win Without War, Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy, Demand Progress, Yemen Peace Project, and Peace Action. Hassan has also taken dozens of meetings with Congressional offices alongside national security expert Col Larry Wilkerson, who served as Colin Powell’s chief of Staff during the Bush Administration.
After the vote in the House on HConRes138 in November, he worked to organize rallies in San Francisco and Los Angeles to pressure ranking Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff to cosponsor HConRes138. Within 24 hours, both Reps agreed to cosponsor the bill solidifying Democratic support to end the war in Yemen. This success led him to call for a national day of action on Monday 11/26 in advance of the Senate vote on SJRes54. In a matter of days, Hassan along with organizers from the Yemeni Alliance Committee, Yemeni Freedom Council, and Action Corps pulled together rallies at Senate offices in Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maine, and Washington D.C resulting in grassroots and media pressure on every Democrat that voted against SJRes54 in March 2018.
You can reach Hassan at email@example.com
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From 1995–2000, she was a lobbyist for the United Nations Development Program, in Washington, DC, mobilizing resources from the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Her professional experience also includes serving as a Legislative Assistant and Foreign Policy Advisor in the U.S. Congress, and as a consultant to the State Department. She has covered international issues leading up to major UN conferences, and attended the major UN conferences on Environment, Development and Population.
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