It is not a lack of sympathy with the historic and current circumstance of Iraq’s religious minorities—or of other persecuted peoples in that traumatized country—that leads some of the most humane and responsible members of Congress to say that President Obama must seek approval from the House and Senate before committing the United States military to a new Iraq mission.
The stunning military advance into cities in northern and central Iraq by an Al Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—backed by some of Iraq's Sunni tribal paramilitary forces and a militia tied to remnants of the deposed Baath party—compounds Iraq's long-running tragedy.
Please act now! We need your Congress member's signature on the Lee-Rigell Letter opposing a military attack on Iraq. Consult the list (see below). If your member of Congress is not there, call the Congressional switchboard ASAP (before Close of Business July, 2nd) and ask them to sign on to the Lee-Rigell Letter. Republicans may be willing to sign on, so it's worth trying them as well. The Switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Tell them to contact Rep. Barbara Lee's staffer Monica Pham at
Rep. John Conyers (MI-13) Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-20) Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13)Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-02)Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10)Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-05)Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)Rep. Janice Hahn (CA-44)Rep. William Macy Clay (MO-05)Rep. Jose Serrano (NY-15)Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18)Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09)Rep. Maxine Waters CA-43)Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05)Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)Rep. John Lewis (GA-05)Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)Rep. Janice Schakowsky (IL-09)Rep. James McGovern (MA-02)Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-05)Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17)Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
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If your Representative is not currently a cosponsor of HR 1000 they may not completely understand how important full employment is to your community; click on your state at the bottom of this page to see all the cosponsors in your state. Nothing sends a stronger message to a Congressional member than a personal visit to a district office by a voter with a written request. Phone calls and emails are incredibly important but nothing gets attention like a personal visit. Our Educate Congress page has information and a sample letter. Print the letter, sign it, deliver it.