Castro, Meeks, and Sherman: Support peace with Iran!

Which of these three congressmen is truly committed to peace with Iran? Ask them now! The next Committee Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee must be a champion for peace with Iran!

There is an incredible reckoning taking place in the U.S. and it isn’t just domestically. The defeat of hawkish Congressman Elliott Engel by a progressive primary challenger has created an opening for his spot as chair of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. In the running are Reps Brad Sherman, Gregory Meeks, and Joaquin Castro.

In July 2020, CODEPINK joined with 60 peace organizations in signing a letter initiated by Demand Progress and Win Without War to leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats, outlining the policy positions that the chair should hold. Following that letter and other advocacy, Castro, Meeks, and even Sherman, who is known as a hawk, raced to show their support for Palestinian rights. Now comes the next test: who will go the extra mile for peace by recognizing that the US — which broke the Iran nuclear deal — must not place preconditions on Iran reentering it. Email Sherman, Meeks, and Castro now or sign the petition below.



Overseas supporters can sign this petition:

I am calling on you to show that you can be a peacemaker if you become the next chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC). The American people are tired of endless wars and rampant militarism at the expense of people’s needs at home and abroad. A letter was recently sent from 60 progressive national organizations calling for the next committee chair to hold such positions as diplomacy over militarization and war, opposing regime change, lifting sanctions, ending weapons sales to repressive regimes, welcoming refugees, and preventing a cold war with China.

Among the most important positions for the next HFAC chair to hold is the necessity of re-entering the Iran nuclear deal.

Demanding that Iran first return to the JCPOA deal before the US will lift sanctions is really unfair. Adding any additional preconditions to a JCPOA return would risk destroying the opportunity to revive the deal and would essentially continue Trump’s warpath approach. The next chair of HFAC should advocate for the U.S. to rejoin the agreement with no preconditions. At the very least, the next HFAC chair should support the US and Iran reentering the JCPOA simultaneously.

It was heartening to see you speak out for Palestinian rights and now I want to know how you will secure peace with Iran if you become the next HFAC chair. Do you support:

  • the US lifting sanctions on Iran before Iran rejoins the JCPOA?
  • the US quickly returning to its obligations under the accord, in parallel with Iran returning to full compliance?
  • after both countries return to the JCPOA, holding more comprehensive negotiations centered on a “more-for-more” approach?
  • inviting witnesses to HFAC who support diplomacy with Iran and can offer a nuanced approach to Iran?
  • ensure that U.S. policies do not inhibit the provision of food and medicines to Iran
  • investigating potential covert military actions being waged against Iran that are taking a toll on Iranian civilians and civilian infrastructure?

I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,


Overseas supporters can sign this petition:

I am calling on you to show that you can be a peacemaker if you become the next chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC). The American people are tired of endless wars and rampant militarism at the expense of people’s needs at home and abroad. A letter was recently sent from 60 progressive national organizations calling for the next committee chair to hold such positions as diplomacy over militarization and war, opposing regime change, lifting sanctions, ending weapons sales to repressive regimes, welcoming refugees, and preventing a cold war with China.

Among the most important positions for the next HFAC chair to hold is the necessity of re-entering the Iran nuclear deal.

Demanding that Iran first return to the JCPOA deal before the US will lift sanctions is really unfair. Adding any additional preconditions to a JCPOA return would risk destroying the opportunity to revive the deal and would essentially continue Trump’s warpath approach. The next chair of HFAC should advocate for the U.S. to rejoin the agreement with no preconditions. At the very least, the next HFAC chair should support the US and Iran reentering the JCPOA simultaneously.

It was heartening to see you speak out for Palestinian rights and now I want to know how you will secure peace with Iran if you become the next HFAC chair. Do you support:

  • the US lifting sanctions on Iran before Iran rejoins the JCPOA?
  • the US quickly returning to its obligations under the accord, in parallel with Iran returning to full compliance?
  • after both countries return to the JCPOA, holding more comprehensive negotiations centered on a “more-for-more” approach?
  • inviting witnesses to HFAC who support diplomacy with Iran and can offer a nuanced approach to Iran?
  • ensure that U.S. policies do not inhibit the provision of food and medicines to Iran
  • investigating potential covert military actions being waged against Iran that are taking a toll on Iranian civilians and civilian infrastructure?

I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Will you sign?

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