Special Stand for Peace Lift the Blockade. Stop U.S. Complicity in War on Yemen
- 14,630 children have died so far in 2022, according to the worst-case estimates. In 2022, worst-case estimates are that 400,000 Yemeni children may die — one every 75 seconds or more than 1,100 per day (World Food Program and United Nations
- Since the beginning of the Yemeni Civil War, at least 230,000 civilians have died — some 131,000 from indirect causes such as lack of food (UN), 85,000 children may have died between April 2015 and October 2018.
- As the situation deteriorates, 16 million Yemenis are on the brink of starvation with 2.3 million children under 5 suffering acute malnutrition; a spike in food prices and a further collapse of Yemen's currency in summer 2021 is driving even more children to hunger (UN, World Food Program, and Save the Children).
→ Call on Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Lift the Blockade, Opening Airports and Seaports. Speak to President Biden by March 1st to insist he use his leverage with Saudi Arabia to press for the unconditional and immediate lifting of the devastating blockade.
→ Pass a War Powers Resolution. Co-sponsor - or introduce if it has not yet happened - a Yemen War Powers Resolution before International Women’s Day on March 8th, if the blockade of the country has not yet been lifted, to stop war support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
→ Stop Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Oppose further arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE while the blockade starves the people of Yemen.
→ Support the People of Yemen. Call for the restoration and expansion of humanitarian aid for the people of Yemen.
Peace in the Ukraine
War is not a solution, inclusive and good-faith peace talks are.
There must be an international peace conference for a treaty that will establish the permanent neutrality of Ukraine which will be guaranteed by the United Nations Security Council under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter. It is clear that only the non-military options in the UN Charter (Articles 33 – 41) and not a military response (Article 42) by either side are legal under international law.
Russia must cease it's military aggression and negotiate for peace in the Ukraine, with an immediate ceasefire, withdraw its troops and weapons from Ukraine.
The US has just announced $350 million in weapons transfers to Ukraine and the US plans to send $6 billion more in military aid. The US must send humanitarian aid, not escalate war by sending more weapons to the region. Sanctions aren't a solution, they will harm civilians, and will not force Russia to capitulate and will not help with diplomacy.
Peace Action WI believes that non-violence and peace talks are the only path forward to peace.