During the fall of 2013, the peace movement mobilized, we called, wrote, and reached across the isle and we stopped a war, that didn’t stop our government from funding and arming the rebel group we now call ISIL- but we did stop a war. Today, we must do it again.
For the first time in decades, diplomacy in Iran is finally panning out. The State Department is putting the finishing touches on an agreement, that while it is currently not public, likely includes a relaxation of the crippling sanctions that have decimated the Iranian economy and full inspections of the Iranian nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Association. While Obama has had his share of murderous foreign policies, it looks like his state department is very close to avoiding both Iran going down the path toward nuclear weapons, and the path of war.
But there is a problem, Senators Kirk and Menedez have introduced a sanctions bill, that in the words of one of its biggest supporters, Republican Senator Tom Cotton is designed “to put an end to these negotiations.” A sanctions bill at this juncture is the only sure way to ensure a path to war.
Senator Ayotte has pledged to support the new sanctions bill, and I hope that has a significant political cost to her when she comes up for re-election next year. Senator Shaheen, has not come down on either side.
I have made two trips down to DC to lobby and strategize about this, and as we expect the bill to be introduced any moment, we need to make sure both Senators know where the American people stand on unnecessary war.
Please Call or write both of our Senators and ask them to oppose the Kirk/Menendez sanctions bill and give diplomacy a chance to work!
Contact Senator Shaheen:
520 Hart SOB
Washington, DC 20510
Ph: (202) 224-2841
Contact Senator Ayotte:
144 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510