Sanctions bill S 1881 has been stopped in the Senate as a result of grassroots pressure.
(See below for info on this bill, and on the negotiations for a nuclear deal with Iran.)
However, AIPAC will certainly continue its effort to sabotage diplomacy with Iran by turning its attention to the House.
In an effort to avert this, a letter was circulated among House members expressing support for diplomacy and opposing new legislation that would impede it.
This letter was made public on Wed Feb 12 with 104 signers.
From Brooklyn, Reps Clarke and Velazquez are signatories.
Jeffries, Maloney, Nadler, and Grimm did not sign.
Our elected officials need to know we’re watching,
and that we demand their support for peaceful solutions.
Please take a few minutes to call your Representative.
If they signed the letter, let them know you appreciate it.
If they did not sign, they need to hear of your disappointment.
Toll-free Number: 1-855-686-6927
AIso, call Sen. Gillibrand and thank her for saying that she opposes a vote on S 1881 ( Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act) at this time. She joined two other Democratic Senators in backing away from a vote on S 1881, saying she is willing to give the Administrration the time it needs to carry on negotiations.
Work with our Peace and Economic Justice Committee.
Next meeting: Thursday March 27, 7 pm.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
If you haven’t already done so, join Brooklyn For Peace in signing the Open Letter to our elected officials. We still plan to use this letter in the coming weeks, as this situation unfolds.
Click here for the text and to add your signature.
Brooklyn For Peace calls for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East.
We call for No War Against Iran!
Sanctions are not an alternative to war, they are actually an act of war!
Sanctions are collective punishment. They are an assault on the lives and aspirations of the Iranian people, including their aspirations and struggle against state repression to create a meaningfully democratic and just society.
Check out BFP’s positions on Iran, and on sanctions.
Keep yourself informed! Check out our Resource List.
Brief Background Info:
“The nuclear deal that the US just struck with Iran is nothing short of historic. This agreement is a victory for everyone who wants to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and a catastrophic war….Under the deal reached in Geneva, Iran will stop advancing its nuclear program for the first time in nearly a decade. Iran’s nuclear program will now be under an expanded inspections regime to help ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is used for purely peaceful purposes. In exchange, Iran will receive modest sanctions relief..” (Quote from The Guardian, 11/25/2013)
Why would Congress want to jeopardize a deal with Iran that addresses the most urgent concerns re proliferation of nuclear weapons?? This deal is an unprecedented step forward to peacefully resolving the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. It’s time for Congress to support our negotiators to ensure that this deal and the long-term agreement that follows it is a success.
S.1881, The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013, which was was introduced on December 19, 2013, is a hardline effort to pass stiff sanctions against Iran in open defiance of the White House and the Geneva interim agreement. This bill has been stopped in the Senate as a result of grassroots pressure!