ACTION ALERT: Stop Plans for Attack on Iran

July 11th, 2008 - by admin

Friends Committee on National Legislation & Stop War on – 2008-07-11 23:09:46

Stop the Iran War Now

We need your help to stop the next war now. The battlefield for a U.S.-Iran war is being prepared, but, with your help, we can still prevent an all-out war.

As I write this, 221 representatives in Congress are on record supporting a U.S. partial land, sea, and air blockade of Iran. A blockade, even a partial one, is an act of war. Find out if your representative is a cosponsor of H. Con. Res. 362: .

The U.S. government’s policy toward Iran is already primarily based on threats and sanctions rather than direct, unconditional diplomatic negotiations. This resolution’s inflammatory approach continues that trend and seems designed to push Iran to develop a nuclear weapon deterrent, undermining international efforts to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

*Take Action*
If your representative has cosponsored the Iran sanctions and blockade legislation, urge your representative to take her or his name off of the bill. If your representative and several others withdraw their support for this dangerous bill, Congress may be persuaded to abandon it. Ask that he or she oppose a House vote on H. Con. Res. 362: .

If your representative has not cosponsored the Iran sanctions and blockade legislation, then please thank your representative and urge her or him to resist requests to cosponsor the bill. Ask that he or she oppose a House vote on H. Con. Res. 362: .

*More Information*
War is not the answer. Threatening war with Iran has not resolved the current dispute between the United States and Iran over nuclear policy. Talking might. Five former secretaries of state have urged the United States to open a dialogue with Iran to find common ground and resolve differences: . Business groups such as USA*Engage have argued that legislation calling for sanctions on Iran, rather than talks, is counterproductive.

Your representative may try to claim that this bill is an alternative to war, designed to force Iran to the negotiating table. Nothing could be further from the truth. Insiders in Washington and astute investigative reporters talk about this bill as part of “preparing the battlefield.” If your member cosponsors this bill, then she or he has signed on to war with Iran.

Members of Congress, perhaps because they don’t have enough information, have been signing onto this legislation in large numbers. In the last several weeks, 103 House Democrats and 118 Republicans have agreed to cosponsor this resolution, which demands that President Bush “initiate an international effort” to prohibit “the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products” and impose “stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran.”

Amid current reports that Congress has approved, at the administration’s request, a major escalation in funds for secret, lethal military and political actions in Iran, approval of the resolution would make military confrontation and an escalation of the current conflict even more likely: .

FCNL sent a letter to Congress opposing the Iran sanctions and blockade legislation. Read the letter: .

Peaceful prevention of deadly conflict between the U.S. and Iran is possible, but you will have to encourage your representative to stop the next war now. Please contact your congressperson today:

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Stop War on Iran — AUGUST 2:
An Emergency Call to Action

Join us on August 2 in more than 50 local actions all across the country.

Get in touch with friends, co workers, community and religious groups and students.

Together we can say -Not ANOTHER war!
Troops Out of Iraq: No War on Iran
We need health care and education NOT Endless war!

MASS MARCH IN NYC …and 50+ Other Cities

Assemble 12 p.m.
at Times Square
43rd St. & Broadway

On June 26, the Stop War on Iran Campaign issued a call for emergency actions on August 2 to stop the Bush Administration’s drive towards an attack against Iran.

In the few days since we’ve issued the call, responses have been pouring in. Already, we have heard back from activists and organizers who are planning protests, rallies, and pickets in more than 50 cities, including a major demonstration in New York City in Times Square and a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington. Actions will also be held in Los Angeles, several cities in Texas, locations throughout New England, small towns in Utah, and more. We are working on compiling a list of the growing number of local actions now, which we will have online soon.

It is urgent that we act now, and that we make every possible effort to stop a war against Iran. We know that once Wall Street and the Pentagon, initiate a war and occupation, they are determined to continue, even in the face of determined resistance and opposition. Iraq and Afghanistan have been ripped to shreds by the invasion and occupation. Millions are without potable water, electricity, functioning schools, basic health care or security. Millions more have become refugees.

The cost of endless war means growing hunger and poverty here in the U.S. It also means deteriorating schools and infrastructure and millions of people without health care.

The U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan is hated by the people there. These wars have no support at home and are ruining the domestic economy. Instead of pulling out, the Bush administration is preparing for still another war—this time against Iran. This must be stopped!

We must take action now. Please consider how you can help – what you do in the next few weeks can make a difference:

* Endorse the Emergency Call to Action for August 2
* List your local action
* Sign the Petition
* Make an Emergency Donation
* Tell a Friend
* Sign up for updates

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Please help build a grassroots campaign to Stop War on Iran

Endorsers include (partial list):

American Iranian Friendship Committee,
Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in
Iran – CASMII,
Don’t Attack Iran Campaign,
Action Center for Justice, Charlotte, NC
After Downing Street,
Al-Awda NY – the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
All Peoples Congress,
Alameda Peace Network, CA
Asia Pacific Action,
Birmingham Peace Project, AL
Calcare, Oakland, CA
Coalition Against War, Racism & Poverty, Springfield MA
Cures-not-wars, NY, NY
Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, Richmond, VA
Environmentalists Against War
Eyes Wide Open International, Nampa, Idaho
FIST-Fight Imperialism, Stand Together,
Forever Green Fields Farm Union, Shortsville, NY
Ft Wayne Peace Action Coalition, Ft Wayne, IN
Green Party, Winston Salem, NC
Green Party of Utah – Desert Greens,
Green Party Peace Network, Maine
Harlem Tenants Council
Healthcare Not Warfare, NY
Hicksville Students Against War (hsaw), Hicksville, NY
International Action Center
Iraq Veterans Against the War, Olympia, WA
La Jews For Peace, La Habra Heights, CA
Mana Muslim Alliance In North America, Lexington, KY
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice,
Millions for Mumia,
Neturei Karto, Spring Valley – NY,
NY Committee for Human Rights in Philippines,
People For Peace And Justice Of Utah,
People Of Faith, West Hartford, CT
People To People Tv, Santa Barbara, CA
Peoples Video Network
Pray For Peace Foundation, Mesa, AZ
Queers for Peace & Justice
Radio Free Maine, Augusta, ME
Rapja, Riverside, CA
Sound Of California, Santa Ana, CA
The New Vanguard, NY, NY
The Peoples Coup, Missoula, MT
Troops Out Now Coalition,
Vote No War Funding,
Women’s Fight Back Network