This is the first time since the 2002 lead up to the Iraq war that things have been this terrifying and dangerous—maybe even worse given that President Trump is a sociopath with the emotional maturity of a toddler. Since assassinating General Qasem Soleimani, Trump has been threatening the use of disproportionate force and taunting Congress with such tweets as: “these Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress.”
Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced War Powers resolutions to put a stop to Trump’s violent madness—the votes will start this week. If passed, Rep. Slotkin and Senator Kaine’s resolutions will mandate that without congressional authorization, the Trump Administration must cease its military actions in Iran within 30 days. Send a message now to your representatives in Congress telling them to stop a war with Iran. We need a veto-proof majority to get this done.
Of course, a lot can happen in 30 days and Trump has already proven his disregard for the checks and balances the American system was set up to have, so our work can’t end at the steps of Congress. We need the public to take to the streets. WE NEED PEOPLE POWER! Join the January 25 International NO WAR WITH IRAN Day of Action. Sign up here to organize or attend an event in your city. We will supply you will materials, help you get the word out, support you to outreach to local media, and more. Last Saturday, over 80 cities across the U.S. took to the streets in protests. For January 25, we need even more.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted out threats to bomb Iranian cultural sites—a clear war crime. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper responded by saying that no, the U.S. would not do this and would abide by the international rules of armed conflict. But then Trump doubled down, tweeting: “We're not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn't work that way."
Iranians in Iran, the U.S., and across the world responded to Trump’s vile hatred in the most beautiful way possible. They took to Twitter to post pictures of their favorite cultural sites, from the ancient ruins of Persepolis to the striking beauty of the Jāmeh Mosque of Isfahān.
We must help Iranians save their beautiful culture—and their lives. Now is the moment for us to come together in a newly revived peace movement. While B-52 bombers are being deployed—they are—we must make sure that Congress passes war powers resolutions and that our numbers in the streets are overwhelming. Sign up now to be part of the January 25 International No War With Iran day of action.
Towards peace with Iran,
Medea, Leila, and the entire CODEPINK team: Ann, Ariel, Asia, Carley, Caty, Cody, Emily, Enas, Jodie, Leonardo, Michelle, Nancy, Paki, Teri, and Tighe
February 2019 CODEPINK Peace Delegation to Iran at the Peace Museum in Tehran, Iran
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