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Tell Your Senators: End Our Unauthorized War in Yemen

From Indivisible, 3/8/18

In a matter of days, the Senate will do something they should have done a long time ago: try to stop Trump from waging illegal war.

Here’s what you should know about the war abuses of our current administration:

No president should be able to take us to war outside our democratic norms of checks and balances.

Trump inherited, and is doubling down on, a war that is both disastrous and illegal. The United States military is participating in the Yemen civil war by helping Saudi Arabia carry out airstrikes. These strikes amount to war crimes, and have killed tens of thousands of people. The US-backed coalition decision to block food and medicine from getting into the country has pushed more than 8 million Yemenis to the brink of starvation. And it’s created the largest cholera outbreak in modern history.

This war doesn’t help US national security. In fact, it places us on the same side of the conflict as terror groups like al-Qaeda and helps them grow stronger. This is outrageous. And it must end.

The Constitution says that Congress — NOT the president — decides when the US goes to war, but Congress has never even voted on this.

Now, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), are using a rare procedure to force the Senate to finally take a vote. This bill, S. J. Res. 54, would declare the war unauthorized, and end it (unless Congress chooses to authorize it). It only needs a simple majority in the Senate — we can win this .
Here’s what you can do:

Review our resource for more information about the situation in Yemen, the United States’ role, and just how important this is.

Use our call script to call both your senators. Don’t assume that a senator will vote the right way or the wrong way on this — the issue divides Republicans and Democrats in surprising ways.

Once you’re on the phone, tell your senator that Congress has never authorized this war, and evidence shows that the US-supported airstrikes are causing a humanitarian crisis and may amount to war crimes. Let them know that you’ll watch how the senator votes.

The Senate needs to vote on this immediately, even though the House may not act. The fact that Congress has never authorized this war is reason enough for senators to support the resolution. But beyond that, this is one of the very few tools that Congress has in its toolbox to stop a president from using unauthorized military force. If we win on this, and pass this resolution, it shows that Congress can do it again if and when they have to in the future — perhaps to stop Trump from starting a new war with North Korea.

This vote will likely happen next week. The Trump administration is lobbying HARD against this bill by pressuring senators on both sides of the aisle. That means your senators need your support to stand firm and vote the right way on this bill.

In solidarity,

Indivisible Team

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Sold Into “a Piece of Hell:” A Death of Innocence at Gitmo

By Jason Leopold, Truthout, 10/18/12

Sold for a $5,000 bounty, Adnan Latif was among the first prisoners detained at Guantanamo. A federal judge and two presidential administrations said he didn’t belong there. A decade later he left in a box – and no one will say why.

“Ya Baba! Ya Baba!” Ezzi Deen shouted in Arabic.

The 14-year-old boy was crying out for his father. He last uttered those words as a toddler. Ezzi Deen never received a response then, either.

He remained connected to his father through pictures and letters that trickled into his home from the International Committee of the Red Cross. But it did little to ease his pain. He woke up every morning and imagined, “Today is the day my father will come home.”

He had it all planned out: His father would walk through the door and he would leap out of his bed and embrace him. Then he would go outside to play with the other boys in his village, the anguish of the past 11 years gone – just like that.

Ezzi Deen believed in his heart this is exactly how it would play out. He believed this even though his grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins had given up hope that their son and brother would ever return to Yemen.

So, Ezzi Deen wept, dropped to his knees and screamed when his uncle, Muhammed, broke the news on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that the tragedy had claimed his father as its latest victim.

No, Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif wasn’t a passenger on the airplanes that plowed into the twin towers or the Pentagon. Nor was he among the thousands of people on the ground who perished that day.

He was just a man, one of hundreds – thousands perhaps – who was in the wrong place at the wrong time after the tragic events unfolded….

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