Ask your Congressional representative to sign on to a letter to Biden from Representatives Khanna and Pocan asking him to call for an end to the blockade on Yemen!
The blockade on Yemen is the “silent killer” of Yemenis. Since 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has imposed a land, air, and sea blockade on Yemen which has prevented food, commercial goods, and fuel from entering the country. Fuel and food shortages are strangling civilians. Representatives Khanna and Pocan wrote a letter to Biden asking him to tell Saudi Arabia to lift the blockade. Tell your representative to sign-on!
This blockade is a war crime, and the U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s blockade is shameful. If the United States is really committed to a “lasting political solution” in Yemen, President Biden needs to take immediate action to end this blockade. Fuel ships have not been able to dock at Hodeidah port in Yemen since January 3rd, and the current fuel shortage is impacting every aspect of life. Hospitals that require fuel for their generators risk losing power, which would be a death sentence for the hospitals in Hodeidah full of malnourished children.
In the letter to President Biden, Representatives Khanna and Pocan outline the concerns that the blockade has caused. They cited the fact that 400,000 children in Yemen face imminent death because of lack of access to food. They call on Biden to pressure Saudi Arabia to lift the naval blockade, open Sana’a International Airport, and open land crossings. Ask your House member to sign on to the Khanna-Pocan letter and help lift the blockade!
March 26th marks six years since Saudi Arabia first dropped bombs on Yemen with US support. CODEPINK is co-sponsoring a remembrance webinar to mark six years of war, and our very own Medea Benjamin will be speaking! Please RSVP to this webinar to talk about where we are at, and how we move forward to end the war and end the blockade.
Danaka, Ariel, Carley, Ann, Angela, Ciara, Cody, Emily, Farida, Grace, Jodie, Kelsey, Leila, Leonardo, Maxine, Mary, Medea, Moses, Nancy, Paki, Sana, and Teri