[haw-info] On Iran Deal: Historians Voices Are Needed Now !
On Iran Deal: Historians' Voices Are Needed
Since 2003, Historians Against the War has spoken out strongly on behalf of peaceful solutions to international problems. This past month, we have received some truly positive news with the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by the United States, its international partners and the government of Iran.
We believe this is an important achievement, which not only reduces the possibility of Iran achieving a nuclear weapon but is a valuable first step in creating a nuclear-free Middle East. It also relieves the economic suffering of the Iranian people, while opening up a door for diplomatic solutions to other longstanding problems.
However, it is no secret that Congressional Republicans are out to kill this deal. And they are receiving a tremendous boost from AIPAC and other well-funded lobbying groups, which have aligned themselves with the Netanyahu government. To be clear: in the absence of a strong grass-roots mobilization, Congress will vote against the deal and could have the votes to override a Presidential veto.
We realize that August is vacation month. However, historians' voices are urgently needed now in this national debate. Members of Congress will be back in their district, sounding out their constituents.
How you can help:
Sign this petition in support of the nuclear agreement, which now has more than 400,000 signatures and the support of scores of national organizations
Call or write your Congressional Representatives and Senators, letting them know you strongly support this agreement with Iran, and believe that it is in the security interest of the United States and of the Middle East. Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121.
Consider writing a letter to the editor or submitting an article to your local paper, urging your member of Congress to vote in favor of the agreement.
Participate in National Day of Action now scheduled for Wednesday August 26, which is being endorsed by numerous organizations ( Move-On, CREDO, CODEPINK, United for Peace and Justice, Win Without War and many others) As these are arranged, we can post details. But you don't need to wait. Set up an appointment at local offices, deliver a letter or petition there or conduct a small vigil with a few friends. (We will forward you the relevant links as they become available).
It will help our work, if you can send us a quick email letting us know the name and state of your Congressional Representative:
Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Power for the HAW Steering Committee