If we don’t mobilize quickly, in the next few days, Congress may shut the door on long-suffering Syrian refugee families.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told House Republicans yesterday that he wants a vote this week to block Syrian refugee resettlement.
Can you call Congress today and ask them to vote against slamming the door on Syrian refugees? The bill we are opposing is officially titled HR 4038 – The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act. It was introduced last night.
Call the Capitol Switchboard: 844-735-1362
Ask to speak with your Representative and tell them the following:
“I strongly support the U.S welcoming Syrian refugees. Please vote against of HR 4038 – The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act designed to turn away the refugees.”
The level of misinformation broadcast by governors and presidential candidates about refugee resettlement has been staggering. Many critics claimed that there’s “no real vetting” of Syrian refugees. In fact, refugees receive greater scrutiny than any other group coming into the country. They are vetted by the UN and then by multiple US agencies long before they get here. This rigorous process often takes years.
The moral stakes are simple — the golden rule on a global scale. What would we want for our families if our communities were torn apart by unthinkable violence? The United States has a proud tradition of welcoming the persecuted. Now is no time to turn back on that tradition.
The fear-mongering is as strategically short-sighted as it is morally repugnant. Most analysts believe that the Paris attacks were designed to invite a backlash against refugees and Muslims. Such a backlash is powerful fuel for the sense of grievance that is the lifeblood of ISIS recruitment.
Please call the Capitol Switchboard now: 844-735-1362. Urge your representative to vote no on bills that would stop the US from welcoming these refugees.
Thank you in advance for your compassionate action.
Humbly for Peace,
Years of negotiations with Iran paid off. Now we need to see the same commitment and determination from our government to stop the Syrian civil war.
We need a political solution, not more bombing. Weapons transfers and the imposition of a no-fly zone will only add fuel to the fire.
Peace Action has joined with many of the same allies that worked with us to secure the Iran peace accord pressure to our government to begin comprehensive negotiations with all the key stakeholders, including Russia and Iran.
The longer we wait to have comprehensive peace talks to work out a peace plan, the longer the war and refugee crisis will continue. The petition is the next step,, it sets the stage for follow-up actions and builds support for specific legislation we expect to see shortly to deal with the refugee crisis.
Please take action now and forward this petition to your family and friends and ask them to take action as well.
Humbly for Peace,
Paul Kawika Martin
Last week, with the help of our affiliates and allies, Connecticut Representative Jim Himes quickly organized a letter signed by 55 Members of Congress to President Obama calling for international talks to end the Syrian civil war, talks that include Russia and Iran.
It’s time for the other Congressional chamber, the Senate, to speak up. President Obama, other leaders and experts agree that the main solution to the crisis in Syria is a political one. Yet, comprehensive negotiations between all the key stakeholders have yet to occur.
As you know, with Syria’s invite, Russia started conducting airstrikes in Syria. Now military hawks are suggesting the U.S. enforce a no-fly zone. The Obama administration and others rightfully point out that such actions would like only escalate the situation. Again, international talks- not jet fighters- are more apt to stop the civil war.
The longer we wait to have comprehensive peace talks to work out a peace plan, the longer the war and refugee crisis will continue. Take action now and forward this message to your family and friends and ask them to take action as well.
If by the end of tomorrow no legislation is passed to oppose the Iran agreement, it will move forward. Republicans have tried to ditch the accord but Democrats in the Senate have blocked them twice now. Even if such a bill passed, President Obama would veto and it is very clear that there is enough support for the Iran accord to sustain the veto.
Nevertheless, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continues to play games by forcing useless votes.
Last night, after the Democrats blocked an opposition vote, McConnell introduced an amendment prohibiting the Iran accord from proceeding until Iran recognizes Israel’s right to exist and frees the American prisoners in Iran. These are important issues but completely separate from the nuclear agreement.
Clearly, this is a last minute attempt by Republicans to embarrass Democrats and kill diplomacy with Iran that six countries negotiated over several years to limit Iran’s nuclear program and keep it peaceful.
We expect votes to occur tomorrow night, so please dial (855) 68 NO WAR (66 927 toll free) to reach both your Senators now and say:
I am a constituent and I support the Iran agreement as is. I want my Senator to oppose any attempts to delay, change or kill the important Iran accord.
While we are pretty sure we have the votes to move the Iran deal forward, we will not declare victory until tomorrow’s votes are finished. Even then, we expect hawks in Congress to continue to make implementing the Iran agreement difficult. With your calls, we will prevail.
P.S. – Efforts by Senate Republicans to kill the Iran accord must be stopped. Though they have been defeated twice, several votes will occur tomorrow to thwart the Iran agreement. Please call both your Senators now and say:
“I am a constituent and I support the Iran agreement as is. I want my Senator to oppose any attempts to delay, change or kill the important Iran accord.”
After calling, please forward this important email.
*Thanks to Friends Committee on National Legislation for the toll-free number.
Who knows why, but the Senate is again “debating” (I’d say speechifying) the Iran nuclear accord. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) scheduled another cloture vote for 6:00 today (with the vote being held open for several hours because of Rosh Hashanah) less than a week after the last vote failed 58-42 (60 votes are needed to invoke cloture, end debate and move to a vote on a piece of legislation). Even worse, they may do it again on Thursday.
UPDATE, 6:45 Eastern time — Majority “Leader” McConnell a short while ago said if cloture failed again as expected, he will file an amendment (to what is TBD) stopping the president from lifting sanctions on Iran until it formally recognizes “Israel’s right to exist” (his words) and releases all US prisoners. Grandstanding? I guess we’ll see.
This is a waste of time, as the House action was last Friday. The Iran nuclear agreement will go into effect once the Congressional review period expires in two days. Republicans want to:
a. embarrass the president and force him to veto their disapproval of the accord (not happening);
b. stage a show vote for the benefit of AIPAC, Netanyahu and the “pro-Israel lobby”;
c. avoid doing the peoples’ business (like, say, passing funding bills to keep the government functioning);
d. all of the above?
To me this isn’t even the real question. It’s what are the opponents of diplomacy afraid of? To hear their speeches, Iran is the worst threat to life on Earth ever, and even more, the most fiendishly clever country ever to engage in diplomatic negotiations. Somehow Iran was able to hornswoggle the US, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China and Russia at the bargaining table to get an agreement that will let Iran run amok over the security concerns of everyone else in the region, more or less.
Time to reject fear, which is the only tool the opponents of the Iran peace accord have.
Diplomacy, and Peace, are greater than Fear.
September 10, 2015
NATION’S LARGEST PEACE AND DISARMAMENT ORGANIZATION
HAILS SENATE VOTE TO UPHOLD IRAN PEACE ACCORD
Washington, DC—Peace Action, the country’s largest peace and disarmament organization, founded in 1957, hailed today’s Senate vote to uphold the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by the U.S. and its allies with Iran.
“What a great day for those who support diplomacy as the best way to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons,” exclaimed Kevin Martin, Executive Director. “Peace Action chapters, affiliates, associates, members and supporters have worked for diplomacy and against war with Iran since 2004, and are very gratified to see our hard work pay off. May this be the start of a new era for U.S. policy in the Middle East.”
Martin noted there may well be further twists and turns as Senate and House opponents of the nuclear agreement resort to parliamentary and legal gymnastics to try to kill the accord.
“Diplomacy rejectionists are on the wrong side of not just of this issue, but of history. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPOA, as the Iran accord is formally known) will go forward and provide a strong foundation for enhanced security in the region, and hopefully a new relationship between the peoples of Iran and the United States.”