Dear MoveOn member,
Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed new economic sanctions on Iran.1 Every senator, except Senators Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul, voted in favor of sanctions against Iran.
These sanctions undermine the hard-won and historic Iran nuclear deal—a signature foreign policy achievement during the Obama era designed to keep us out of another catastrophic war.
The painstaking work of building an international coalition, the progress made by grassroots pressure that defended the deal against a hostile Senate, and a more stable relationship with Iran are now all at risk because of this vote.
The Iranian government is already calling the sanctions a breach of the deal, making a future war—that Trump and his administration are edging toward—much more likely.2
Will you call your senators and tell them to defend the Iran deal at every turn?
You can say,
"As your constituent, I'm disappointed that you voted in favor of sanctions against Iran. You must work to protect the Iran nuclear deal at every turn in order to thwart any attempt at war with Iran by the Trump administration."
Voting for sanctions and putting the Iran Nuclear Deal under threat is an unacceptable move, especially from Democratic senators who are supposed to be our line of defense against destabilizing actions of the Trump administration.
The fact that sanctions on Iran were placed into a bill also sanctioning Russia should have been a red flag for Democrats. Despite seemingly legitimate sanctions on Russia, this bill comes at too high of a cost in potentially harming our relationship with Iran.
This bill seems to only be the beginning of what Trump and his administration have in store. Recently, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for regime change in Iran.3
Call your senators at 1-844-334-5514 now to tell them their actions are unacceptable.
The increasingly hostile rhetoric coming out of the Trump administration seems to be pointing not only to ensuring the Iran nuclear deal fails, but also toward the next U.S. war.
During the push to pass the Iran nuclear deal, hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members fought for diplomacy over war. And thousands of us poured into the streets on a #NoWarWithIran national day of action. We can't let senators, especially Senate Democrats, set us back.
In the past fifteen years, our invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq—plus increasing drone warfare—have lead to a thriving Islamophobia industry and military industrial complex that helps urge on our wars despite the millions of deaths and casualties.
Call your senators right now and tell them to protect the Iran deal. We must work to avoid any further confrontation in the region that will cause further destabilization abroad and continued dehumanization of Muslims that could lead to catastrophic policies here in the U.S.
Call your senators at: 1-844-334-5514
Thanks for all you do.
—Iram, Jo, Brian, Josh, and the rest of the team
1. "Senate passes sweeping sanctions bill targeting Iran, Russia," ABC News, June 15, 2016
2. "U.S. Senate's Iran sanctions are breach of nuclear deal: senior Iranian official," Reuters, June 16, 2017
3. "Tillerson calls for regime change in Iran," Think Progress, June 15, 2017
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