40 Grassroots Organizations Tell Congress: Back the Deal
Today, the deadline for a final nuclear agreement with Iran was extended one week to July 7. Recent indications from the negotiating team suggest that the P5+1 nations and Iran will be able to seal the deal by that date. The greater question at this point is whether the agreement will survive Congress.
As most have come to understand, this deal is about more than preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons. It is about charting a course for peace. A vote in Congress against this nuclear deal would be a vote to bring us closer to war with Iran.
Today, 40 organizations representing millions of Americans sent a letter to Congress urging a vote for peace. Your voice will be amplified if you call Congress today and ask that they support the deal. The Capitol switchboard is 1-202-224-3121. The switchboard operator will connect you with the office you request.
Text of the letter is below:
June 30, 2015
To: Members of the U.S. Congress:
The following organizations, representing millions of Americans, urge you to support the strong nuclear deal being negotiated currently between world powers and Iran, to vote in favor of an agreement when it comes before Congress and to commit to vote to uphold a Presidential veto should Congress vote against the agreement.
The United States and its partners in the P5+1 expect to secure a final deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program in the coming weeks. Congress may vote on a deal as soon as next month. Your vote will determine whether the U.S. secures peace and cuts off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, or rejects diplomacy in favor of an unconstrained Iranian nuclear program and a new push for war.
This will be among the most consequential national security votes taken by Congress since the decision to authorize the invasion of Iraq.
The American public overwhelmingly supports a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff with Iran and does not want another war. We do not want to see the critical progress that American diplomacy has achieved over the past two years be derailed by some in Congress who prefer military adventurism over diplomatic solutions.
Our organizations will be working in states and Congressional districts across the country to ensure that you and your colleagues hear from your constituents on this critical issue and will hold you accountable for your vote. We hope you will consider this matter carefully and vote for peace.
American Family Voices
American Friends Service Committee
American Values Network
Americans for Democratic Action
Americans for Peace Now
Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
Citizens for Global Solutions
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Council for a Livable World
Democracy for America
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ
Historians Against the War
Institute for Policy Studies
Jewish Voice for Peace
Just Foreign Policy
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
National Iranian American Council
National Priorities Project
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Pax Christi International
Peace Action West
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Progressive Democrats of America
U.S. Labor Against the War
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
United for Peace and Justice
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
Win Without War