United for Peace and Justice Member Groups Ask Congress:
"What Are You Doing to Stop the Bush Administration From Attacking Iran?"
WASHINGTON - July 18 - Member groups of United for Peace and Justice will hold actions across the United States July 19-21 to press Congress to take action to prevent war with Iran.
In a major policy shift, the Bush administration will send a senior official to participate in international talks with Iran this weekend. This marks a retreat from the previous White House position that it would not talk face-to-face with Iran until Tehran suspended its nuclear enrichment program. It shows that pressure to diplomatically engage Iran rather than threaten military attack is making a difference.
From July 19-21, groups around the country are participating in the Days of Action Against War on Iran. Monday, July 21, will also be a national "Call Congress Day." This will coincide with a lobby day in Washington, DC, organized by Peace Action.
"This is no time for complacency. Rather, it's time to make our call for NO WAR even louder. And it's time for members of Congress who have said they oppose a third war to tell us what they are going to do to stop it," said Leslie Cagan, National Coordinator of United for Peace and Justice.
Before the decision to participate in the international talks, we'd seen a new escalation of threats from the Bush administration and Israel to attack Iran before President Bush leaves office. The London Sunday Times reported that President Bush had told the Israeli government that he may be prepared to approve a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities if negotiations with Iran break down. Meanwhile, more than 200 members of Congress have co-sponsored a resolution (HConRes 362) calling on the Bush administration to prohibit Iran from importing gas, an action that would require a military blockade of Iran to carry out.
In Washington, DC:
Monday, July 21: Peace Action Lobby Day -- We'll be lobbying in senatorial and congressional offices for direct diplomacy with Iran. Lobby Day Headquarters Monday at UnitedMethodistCenter, 100 Maryland Ave NE. Contact: Alfred Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org; 301-565-4050 ext. 324.
Monday, July 21, 5pm: Protest the "Pastors' Dinner" at John Hagee's "Christians United for Israel" conference, with Peace Action, Code Pink, and the Washington Peace Center. CUFI, with its close allies Joe Lieberman and AIPAC (both speaking at the conference), is pushing for U.S. confrontation with Iran. 9th and Massachusetts NW, across from the Convention Center. Contact: Barbra Bearden, Peace Action, (301) 565-4050, ext. 330; Malachy Kilbride, Washington Peace Center, (202) 841-2230
National Days of Action Against
War on Iran Calendar:
United for Peace and Justice is the largest grassroots anti-war coalition in the country, consisting of more than 1,400 local and national groups throughout the United States, who have joined together to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building. UFPJ has organized the largest anti-war demonstrations in both NYC and Washington, DC, over the past five years. For more details, go to www.unitedforpeace.org.
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