National Days of Action Against War in Iraq & Syria

Cross-posted from www.PANYS.org

Nov 11, 2014 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

National Days of Action Against War in Iraq & Syria
Virtual, Web,

Join Peace Action and over 20 peace groups on NOVEMBER 11-16 for a Nation Wide Action to End Wars in Iraq and Syria

Let your voice be heard! Do one or more of the following:

  1. CALL: National Call Congress day (11/13):  877-429-0678 (toll free#) and tell them “not another endless war.”
  2. TWEET: your members of congress with these messages #EndEndlessWar and adding in #Iraq, #ISIS and #Syria on (11/13)
  3. EMAIL: your member of Congress using the form here
  4. THUNDER CLAP: Thunder Clap with us on (11/13) @12-1pm -[details to follow]
  5. FACEBOOK:  Download and post on social media the graphics found here

Information:

Alternatives to Endless War: A Sustainable, Effective Response to ISIS

It’s not too late to stop an endless war in Iraq and Syria. We’ve spent over $1.1 billion bombing Iraq and Syria since August 2014, yet Congress has not debated or authorized our latest war.

It will take grassroots pressure to move Congress. We can start by popularizing the possible steps towards a political solution. Instead of another endless war, Members of Congress should stand up in support of effective alternatives. Below are possible ways for the U.S. government to take action.

The United States Congress should:

  1. Insist that President Obama seek congressional authorization for continued military intervention, and then vote to oppose our latest war in Iraq and Syria
  2. Cosponsor measures like H. Con. Res. 114, offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, to require Congress to debate, vote, and constrain U.S. military intervention
  3. Support measures to prohibit U.S. ground troops, sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (the bills that authorized U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan), and bolster the alternatives listed below

The United States can take immediate unilateral action to:

  1. Tighten loopholes in existing sanctions to help cut off ISIS’s funding streams
  2. Condition U.S. support for the Iraqi government on success in stopping sectarian violence
  3. Cut off U.S. government contracts with anyone doing business with ISIS
  4. Stop channeling weapons into the war. U.S. weapons have ended up in the hands of ISIS
  5. Support civil society efforts to build peace and reconciliation at the community level

The United States can support multilateral efforts to:

  1. Build regional stability and security through aid for refugee host nation communities to reinforce stressed health, education, and housing infrastructure and to encourage job creation
  2. Keep the conflict from spreading to Jordan, Turkey or Lebanon etc. by encouraging a global effort to share responsibility for resettling refugees from Iraq and Syria
  3. Restrict ISIS’s access to the international financial system
  4. Support a political solution to Syria’s civil war

The United States should work with regional states and organizations to:

  1. Engage in strategic outreach to Sunni communities to address political grievances
  2. Work to impose an arms embargo against all armed actors in Iraq and Syria
  3. Institute a “no-go zone” between ISIS territory and that of friendly nations
  4. Conduct a social media campaign that exposes the grotesque nature of ISIS ideology