President Obama: Put Iraq Back on the Agenda
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President Obama: Put Iraq Back on the Agenda

    1. Petition by

      Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC)

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April 2014

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Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC): When we launched our campaign last year, Iraq was largely off the agenda. Despite escalating violence, President Barack Obama spent nearly two years conspicuously avoiding all mention of Iraq.

After thousands of concerned folks like you signed our petition, saying "enough is ENOUGH", our campaign gained momentum.

Late last year we began seeing an impact.

On November 30, President Obama finally ended his silence and met with Iraq's Prime Minister at the White House. Since then, the President has mentioned Iraq on multiple occasions, most recently in Brussels.

On behalf of everyone who worked on this campaign, EPIC would like to thank all of you who signed this petition and helped spreading the word among your families and friends.

With your support, we can proudly say that Iraq is back on the agenda. However, our work is not over yet. Now it is time to make this a priority for the White House and US Congress to support a long-term strategy that promotes peace and humanitarian development in all of Iraq.

We ask you to keep Iraq in your thoughts and continue supporting EPIC mission and future work.

Iraqis are facing the worst violence since 2008. Over the past year, waves of car bombs and other sectarian attacks have killed thousands of innocent civilians. 

Millions of war-affected Iraqis remain displaced, adding to a regional crisis that includes more than 7 million fleeing Syrians. As the lead country that started the war in Iraq, the U.S. must do more to support peace and humanitarian relief. 

Join us in urging President Barack Obama and Congress to do more to support strong humanitarian action and diplomacy for a more peaceful Iraq.
 

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    1. Signed, Sealed and Delivered

      Thanks to you and 11,627 other concerned citizens worldwide, our advocacy is gaining ground. As President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea, you are helping to remind the Obama administration that Iraq and the Middle East deserve as much attention as Asia.

      With our petition delivered, we are now planning targeted follow up with key Congressional offices and with top officials in the Obama administration. Our message remains the same: the time to articulate and support a clear, long-term strategy for peace in Iraq is RIGHT NOW!

      Learn more about our mission, our advocacy, and our ongoing field work: http://twitter.com/enablingpeace
      http://facebook.com/epicusa
      http://epic-usa.org/join

      We look forward to staying connected with you, and keeping you posted about our NEXT STEPS in the fight for peace in Iraq.

    2. Our story so far...

      When our campaign began last year, Iraq was largely off the agenda. Despite escalating violence, President Barack Obama spent nearly two years conspicuously avoiding all mention of Iraq.

      Then thousands of concerned folks like you signed our petition, saying "enough is ENOUGH" as our campaign gained momentum.

      Late last year we began seeing an impact.

      On November 1st, President Obama finally ended his silence and met with Iraq's Prime Minister at the White House. Since then, the President has mentioned Iraq on multiple occasions, most recently in Brussels.

      NOW MORE THAN EVER, it's time for the US to get behind a clear, long-term strategy for peace in Iraq and the region.

      SIGN and SHARE this campaign with your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors. Let's stand together to remind Obama and Congress that we have a moral obligation to remain responsibly engaged in Iraq and to promote peace and healing after a decade of war.

      The deadline to sign is April 15th.

    3. Does the U.S. Still have a Responsibility Towards Iraq?

      Absolutely yes. We, at EPIC, strongly believe that the United States still has a moral obligation to help end the violence in Iraq and the region that began 11 years ago this month. This can be made possible by supporting efforts to protect and assist millions of Iraqis and other refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. It can also be done by providing educational opportunities for the youth of Iraq, strengthening civil society, and defending and protecting human rights.

      We believe that the best way to accomplish this goal is by supporting a long-term strategy of U.S. diplomacy and humanitarian aid to Iraq and the region.

      Finally, EPIC would love to hear your answers to this question, so please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

    4. Together We Can Put Iraq Back on The Agenda

      EPIC is very grateful for all of you who are supporting our cause. Our victory is near!

      The U.S. needs to strengthen its strategy to support diplomacy and assistance in Iraq and the region. This includes efforts to increase support for humanitarian relief for refugees, empower civil society, and improve opportunities for children and youth of Iraq.

      Again, thank you so much for your support and for keeping Iraq in your mind.

    5. Florida State University Students Urge Obama to Put Iraq on The Agenda

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152048029800345&set=a.10150113033810345.281560.82997495344&type=1&theater

      Thanks to the hard work of our current Spring intern, Ruwani Dharmakirthi, EPIC had a very successful campaign run at Florida State University (FSU) campus. During an event highlighting international human trafficking, Ruwani seized the opportunity to spread the word about EPIC’s petition urging President Obama to support a long term strategy to promote peace and humanitarian aid in Iraq. Ruwani spoke to over 100 students who were very shocked to hear about the increased violence and internal displacement of thousands of Iraqis.

      EPIC encourages activists on college and university campuses around the country to take similar actions to spread the word and help us urge the White House and Congress to put Iraq back on the agenda.

    6. U.S. Needs to Support Strong Humanitarian action and diplomacy in Iraq

      Here at EPIC, we are working hard to urge President Obama and Congress to take action on Iraq. But that doesn’t mean we’re just waiting around.

      At the end of last month, EPIC’s founder and executive director, Erik Gustafson, touched down in Iraq to implement the second round of our PHOTOVOICE IRAQ: Picturing Change project. Currently in its second round, Photovoice aims to empower young Iraqis to use photography, as well as their own voices, to raise awareness about the issues they care most about. This time around, 15 AUIS students will participate in the Photovoice program and use their photos as means to make their voices heard.

      Together, we can encourage the White House and Congress to implement similar programs promoting peace and development in Iraq. Please share this petition with your family and friends to help us reach our goal of 10,000 signatures. With your help, we’ll put Iraq back on the agenda!

    7. What Inspires Us

      Today we join the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela. Through wisdom, a generosity of spirit, and unshakable determination, Mandela forever changed South Africa and inspired the world. We hope that his life and legacy will continue to challenge all of us and future generations to remember his wisdom to choose national reconciliation over vengeance, equality over oppression, and peace over war.

      Nelson Mandela once said: “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

      Let’s work together to bring that message to Washington DC. It’s time for President Obama to show fundamental concern for the people of Iraq. Please share our petition with your family and friends, and let’s reach our goal of 10,000 signatures together!

      Interested in learning more about our mission of education and youth empowerment for a more peaceful Iraq? Join us at: http://epic-usa.org/join

    8. Reached 8,000 signatures
    9. Right here, right now

      Wow! 2,000 new signers in one week!

      Thanks in part to supporters like you, Iraq is on the White House agenda. Today, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Barack Obama met for the first time in nearly two years.

      As we welcome this important step forward, this petition has new urgency.

      For background about the significance of today's meeting, listen to our new IRAQ MATTERS podcast at http://www.epic-usa.org/episode-6-malikis-meeting-with-obama

      Now more than ever before, we need your help to ratchet up the pressure on the Obama administration to do the right thing on Iraq. Please take a minute to use the sharing tools on this page to invite your friends and family to join our call for peace in Iraq.

    10. Reached 7,000 signatures
    11. Breaking news: President Obama to Meet with Iraqi PM Maliki Nov. 1!

      Our campaign is starting to have a real impact, thanks to supporters like you.

      But our work here is not done. We need another 4,720 signatures by November 1st to help ensure that the President's meeting translates into tangible steps toward peace.

      Sign into Change.org to SHARE this petition with your friends or to CHIP IN to promote this petition to a wider audience of likely supporters!

      www.epic-usa.org/donate2campaign/

    12. Reached 5,000 signatures
    13. Why does Iraq Matter? Listen to our latest podcast!

      Want to learn more about the situation in Iraq and why it matters? In the third episode of our series IRAQ MATTERS: An EPIC podcast, Professor Bilal Wahab of the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS) tackles the crucial question: Does Iraq’s oil wealth help or harm the country’s (and Kurdistan Region’s) prospects for economic development and democracy? Episode three also features a compelling exchange between Phebe Marr and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) about Iraq’s progress in passing a hydrocarbon law. Additionally Musings on Iraq blogger Joel Wing gives us an Iraq Update, and for our Culture Corner, Ahmed Ali speaks on popular trends among the youth of Iraq.

      Listen and subscribe at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/iraq-matters/id685394388

      Thanks for your support!

      Iraq Matters

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    14. Find out why Iraq still matters!

      Thank you to everyone who has supported our petition! Please don't forget to spread the word to friends and family, so we can show President Obama and Congress that the American people demand greater assistance to Iraqis and those in the region. Unfortunately, violence still continues to to escalate in Iraq, and little attention is being paid. Check out this article for more:

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/09/10/221067167/next-door-to-syria-iraq-slowly-boils?sc=tw&cc=share

    15. Reached 4,000 signatures
    16. Why does Iraq matter? Listen to our new podcast!

      Want to learn more about the situation in Iraq and why it matters? In our first installment of IRAQ MATTERS: an EPIC podcast, we speak with Ahmed Ali of the Institute for the Study of War about Iraqi politics and what’s up with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, receive an Iraq Update from Joel Wing of Musings on Iraq, and learn about Ramadan from Basra native and American Islamic Congress co-founder Zainab al-Suwaij.

      Listen and subscribe at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/iraq-matters/id685394388

      Thanks for your support!

      Iraq Matters

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    17. Reached 2,500 signatures
    18. Tell Your Friends!

      Thank you to everyone who has supported our petition! Please don't forget to spread the word to friends and family, so we can show President Obama and Congress that the American people demand greater assistance to Iraqis and those in the region. Unfortunately, Iraqis continue to suffer as violence mounts inside and out of its borders with Syria. Check out this article for more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/un-envoy-iraq-and-syrian-conflicts-are-merging

    19. Reached 1,500 signatures
    20. Summer of Peace

      Thank you to everyone who made us thunder! Our Summer of Peace message reached 55,000 people.

      Next week we're hitting the streets. Here's a link to our leaflet and other resources for raising public awareness about the urgency of peace and humanitarian relief in Iraq.

      http://www.epic-usa.org/campaign-headquarters/

    21. Reached 1,000 signatures
    22. EPIC Teams with Thunderclap

      EPIC has teamed up with Thunderclap to spread the word about our petition to Get Iraq Back on the Agenda. Join our Thunderclap before July 10th to donate a Facebook status or tweet for our cause! http://bit.ly/12nKU4K

    23. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • DUNIA DHAHER BAGHDAD, IRAQ
      • 3 months ago

      I want to live a peaceful life among a peaceful people in a peaceful county that's it .If you want to do something then do it without hesitation

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    • Ibrahem Yasir BAGHDAD, IRAQ
      • 3 months ago

      Because of its about my life and my family life for next gen i cant live in place my life is in danger every day Death wil be better .

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    • Lina Eid HALIFAX, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Because I am Iraqi

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    • Dhaher Habeeb BAGHDAD, IRAQ
      • 3 months ago

      I strongly support the steps to change the Iraqi political life .

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    • Amelia Kanan DETROIT, MI
      • 3 months ago

      Humanity

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