Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Four votes short (Iran)

It's Ben and Jerry, the co-founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Will you sign this petition?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

It's Ben and Jerry, the co-founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. We're writing today about keeping America out of another war in the Middle East. 

Lobbyists and billionaires plan to spend over $40 million to stop the diplomatic deal with Iran—the one the Obama Administration negotiated to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.1 That's dangerous, because if too many Democrats listen to the flood of hawkish, misinformation-ridden TV ads—and if they vote with Republicans—they could override the president's agreement in just about a month. 

This agreement is the only peaceful way to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. And it's a critical test for what sort of nation we're going to be. As Senator Bernie Sanders says, "the test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, it is how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner."2 

It may seem hard to fight back against $40 million in spending and win. But MoveOn has found a way. It's called a "donor strike"—a pledge to not give money to Democrats who risk taking us to war, and to the party committees (like the DSCC) that support them.

We just joined MoveOn's "donor strike", and we hope you will too. Signing the petition takes just 30 seconds, and it sends an incredibly powerful message. 

Click here to sign the petition. Join us in pledging to withhold contributions from Democrats who sabotage diplomacy with Iran.

MoveOn members collectively contribute boatloads of money to Democrats each year—mostly in modest chunks like $5, $25, or $50. But it adds up to millions.

That's why a petition pledging not to contribute a dime to any Democrats who put us on a path to war—or party committees that support them (like the DSCC)—will send a powerful message.

Click here to add your name. Pledge to withhold contributions from Democrats if they undermine diplomacy with Iran and put us on a path to war.

More than 25,000 of us have signed this pledge already, pledging to withhold $11 million in contributions. Now, just imagine if 100,000 or 200,000 of us sign ... Together, we could pledge to withhold $40 million—the amount that's being spent on negative TV ads!

Collectively, we're just as powerful as the billionaires running these ads, if we flex our muscles and make our voices heard. 

Signing the petition will take you about 30 seconds. Are you in?

This deal is a victory for our national security, the American people, and folks around the world. It resolves a big-time global security concern without resorting to dropping bombs for ten years. (Think Iraq.) 

If the Senate overrides President's Obama's Iran deal, it risks putting us on a path toward war. But despite that—and despite thousands of phone calls, petitions, and meetings—we're still FOUR VOTES SHORT of what we need to stop the Senate from doing just that, according to media reports.3

Click here to sign the petition. Join us in pledging to withhold contributions from Democrats who sabotage diplomacy with Iran.

The bottom line is this: This agreement is the only way to keep us off a path to war.Major national security experts, our nation's top military brass, President Obama, John Kerry, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and a whole host of others all agree: the alternative to this diplomatic agreement with Iran would be war.

War means American women and men in uniform will die. It means tens of thousands of civilians will perish. And it means billions—maybe trillions—of taxpayer dollars (which should go to things like green energy development, health care, or schools) will be drained from the federal budget.

You know who would love that? Big military contractors and their armies of lobbyists. But the rest of us would be in deep, deep trouble. 

Hell no. Will you join us in sending a not-to-be-missed message to Democrats in Congress by committing to withhold contributions from any Democrat who succeeds in sabotaging President Obama's diplomatic agreement with Iran?

Click here to sign the petition. Tell Democrats you won't give them your money if they vote to put us on a path to war.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben & Jerry


1. "Big money and ads clash over Iran nuclear deal," USA Today, July 22, 2015

2. "Bernie Sanders, After Call From Obama, Announces Support for Iran Deal," The New York Times, August 7, 2015 

3. "Whip count: Where the Senate stands on the Iran deal," The Washington Post, August 13, 2015

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