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The harrowing violence we are seeing in and around the Gaza Strip has been devastating for Palestinians and Israelis. At the time of writing, reports indicate 3,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis are dead, in addition to people of other nationalities (including 30 U.S. citizens).

While violence in the area has been long-running, these events have still been horrifying, starting with the killings and abductions committed by Hamas in Israeli-controlled territories and followed by a devastating Israeli siege of Gaza that intensifies by the day. Gazans now find themselves cut off from food, water, medical supplies, and electricity amid a tightened blockade, while Israeli bombs continue to cause destruction across the Strip. Mass displacement is on the rise, especially following the alert by Israeli forces ordering all civilians to evacuate the northern part of the Gaza Strip with only 24 hours’ notice, yet there is nowhere to flee. This is collective punishment. In the face of such horrors, we must take a stand to stop the escalation of this war.

The US government has a role to play in stopping the violence, yet many U.S. officials have backed an unrestrained armed response by the Israeli government. Most members of Congress have offered “unwavering” support for Israel despite the blatant crimes of siege starvation and the unacceptable bombing of civilian areas with the attendant “collateral” deaths.   This is a green light for further violations of the more than two million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, not to mention elsewhere. Such violations would only lead to further escalation and run the risk of turning the already deadly conflict into a wider regional war drawing in other Middle Eastern countries.

It is urgent that all of us, including here in New Hampshire, step forward to demand that our elected officials use their power to de-escalate the hostilities and stop the United States from enabling continued war crimes and human rights abuses that only worsen the human suffering of Palestinians and in turn perpetuate a cycle of violence that harms Israelis.

Please contact our NH congressional delegation and urge them to call for de-escalation and an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, and ask Representatives Pappas and Kuster to cosponsor The Ceasefire Now Resolution. Tell them this must include an end to the blockade of Gaza and the halting of unconditional U.S. military aid to Israel in order to stop the death toll from growing and begin addressing the conditions that prompted this violence.

Sen. Maggie Hassan: (202) 224-3324
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: (202) 224-2841
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): (202) 225-5456
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): (202) 225-5206

Can you sign today to ask your members of Congress to call for de-escalation, restraint, the protection of civilians under international law, and a ceasefire?
Thank you for taking action on this urgent issue as we seek to stop further atrocities from being carried out in and around the Gaza Strip. We understand that this war touches the lives of many people here in New Hampshire, and we will keep you and yours in our thoughts as we work to end the bloodshed. Please take care.

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Here’s a tip on contacting our elected officials. Since the anthrax scare, all physical mail (letters, packages) sent to Washington are scanned by the Dept. of Homeland Security. This can mean that a letter sent to a Senator or Congresswoman will take weeks to arrive. If you’re sending a letter, send it to one of their NH offices, where it will be faxed, and sent to DC right away. Letters and calls are the most effective means of communicating with elected officials.

The Biden administration has moved quickly with new executive orders. In January, five House Democrats called on President Biden “to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism.”  While executive action to address endless wars is welcome, we also know that congressional action is needed to repeal the Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Please help build co-sponsorship of Rep. Barbara Lee’s (CA-13)

H.R. 256 to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF.  There is leadership in the relevant committees who are supportive of this bill, but that is not enough. The more co-sponsors that we get, the more likely it is that this bill actually moves.

NH Representatives Pappas & Kuster have NOT yet agreed to co-sponsor.  They’ve told us that they have not heard from their constituents on this issue so aren’t convinced people in NH care about it.  Let’s show them we do! To send a message quickly and easily, please click here!


Dear Representative [Kuster or Pappas],

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) is seeking co-sponsors for HR 256, which would repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq. I urge you to sign on to HB 256 as a co-sponsor and to persuade your House colleagues to do the same .


  • The 2002 Iraq AUMF is no longer relevant: US participation in the Iraq War ended in 2011.
  • It is not needed to continue the current level of military operations in Iraq.
  • Left in place, it creates the potential for the executive branch to justify military actions that have not been authorized by Congress.
  • For me personally, repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF is so important because [FILL IN]

Thank you for your attention and consideration, working toward a safer world free of military conflict –

Rep. Ann Kuster                                        website

137 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5206

Fax: (202) 225-2946


18 North Main Street, Fourth Floor

Concord, NH 03301

Phone: (603) 226-1002

Fax: (603) 226-1010510

Rep. Chris Pappas                    website

323 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-5456


660 Central Ave

Dover, NH 03820

Phone: 888-216-5373

Senator Maggie Hassan:       website

330 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-3324


1200 Elm St., Suite 2

Manchester, NH 03101

Phone: 603-880-3335

Senator Jeanne Shaheen:           website

506 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-2841

Fax: 202-228-3194


1589 Elm St., Suite 3

Manchester, NH 03101

Phone: 603-647-7500


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