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Daily Action: Senators -- End U.S. Role in Yemen War Crimes


CONTACT:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the senator to vote with the bipartisan effort to end America's role in the Saudi-led coalition fighting a proxy war in Yemen. Congress never approved the use of American weapons, military support, and personnel in this fight -- but you have a constitutional and moral duty to put a stop to it. The War Powers Act places the burden on Congress to authorize or refuse American military action -- and our participation in Yemen's civil war violates domestic and international law. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Since 2015, the United States has been participating in a civil war in Yemen that is really a proxy war between forces backed by Saudi Arabia and Iran. We are providing weaponry and targeting advice that has helped Saudi Arabia carry out airstrikes killing tens of thousands of people -- in attacks that numerous rights groups have identified as war crimes. Meanwhile, the coalition we're backing has blocked food and medicine from getting into the country, pushing more than 8 million Yemenis to the brink of starvation and resulting in the largest cholera outbreak in modern history.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Sens. Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), is forcing a vote this week on a bill that references the War Powers Act -- which lays out Congress' role in reviewing executive-branch military decisions -- while demanding that the Trump administration end its activities in Yemen. Last Friday, Indivisible joined a bipartisan coalition of activist groups in sending a letter urging senators to pass the bill; those groups include the progressive Win Without War and the conservative FreedomWorks, as well as Our Revolution, CODEPINK, MoveOn.Org and CREDO. The Trump administration is lobbying hard against the bill, and will provide senators with a classified briefing on Wednesday in advance of a likely vote later this week.