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Bernie Sanders

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Started 7 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Join Bernie, CPC Chairs, MoveOn: Demand End to Shooting of Unarmed Palestinian Protesters

On May 14, Israeli troops killed 60 Palestinians and wounded over 2,700 at a mass protest at the Gaza border. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the most popular politician in the United States, said: “Over 50 killed in Gaza today and 2,000 wounded, on top of the 41 killed and more than 9,000 wounded over the past weeks. This is a staggering toll. Hamas violence does not justify Israel firing on unarmed protesters.” Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Mark Pocan and Raúl Grijalva, together with Caucus members Pramila Jayapal, Keith Ellison, and Hank Johnson, issued a statement denouncing “the lethal force used by Israeli troops against mostly unarmed protesters demonstrating at Gaza’s border.” MoveOn said: “We call on every single Democratic elected official to use their platform and power to demand an immediate end to Israel’s attacks on peaceful protesters in Gaza.” Rep. John Yarmuth denounced the "horrific slaughter" of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.   Senator Dianne Feinstein and Reps. Ro Khanna, Betty McCollum, Jim McGovern, Barbara Lee, Katherine Clark, and Danny Davis also denounced the Israeli army violence against Palestinians protesters.   Urge your Senators and Representative to join these Members of Congress and MoveOn in speaking up for the right of unarmed Palestinians to protest without being shot with live ammunition by signing our petition.

Robert Naiman
8,611 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives

@NancyPelosi: Remove @StenyHoyer from the House Leadership

Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer is the number two Democrat in the House leadership. What Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is to the Senate, Steny Hoyer is to the House. But there’s something really weird about Steny Hoyer’s “leadership.” He doesn’t represent the people he is purportedly “leading.” He represents other interests. Under the War Powers Resolution, a single Member of Congress can force a debate and vote to end U.S. participation in an unconstitutional war that was never authorized by Congress. That’s what California Democrat Ro Khanna tried to do when together with Reps. Tom Massie, Mark Pocan, and Walter Jones, he introduced H Con Res 81 to force a debate and vote on ending unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen. But, as the Intercept reported, Rep. Khanna’s resolution was blocked from getting a vote by Steny Hoyer, contrary to the intent of the War Powers Resolution. As a member of the leadership, it was Steny Hoyer’s job to help Rep. Khanna get his vote, not to block Rep. Khanna from getting his vote. As a Member of Congress, it was Steny Hoyer’s job to help defend the Constitution, not to thwart efforts by other Members of Congress to defend the Constitution.   In contrast, when Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy introduced a similar Yemen war powers resolution in the Senate, Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, became an early co-sponsor. Thanks in part to Senator Durbin’s leadership, the Senate got to vote, unlike the House, where Steny Hoyer blocked the vote.   Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee are calling for Steny Hoyer to be removed from the House leadership. Urge Leader Pelosi and other Representatives to remove Steny Hoyer from the House leadership by signing our petition.

Robert Naiman
4,332 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Stand with Natalie Portman & @SenSanders: Speak Up for Human Rights in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza have the right to nonviolently protest without being shot with live ammunition. They have the right to travel to work, to seek medical care, to study, and to visit family. They have the right to drink clean water. They have the right to import and export.  For too long, too many have been too shy to speak up against the unjust and unnecessary suffering of Palestinian civilians in Gaza caused by unflinching U.S. support of the Israeli-Egyptian blockade. In particular, too many Members of Congress have been too shy to speak up for too long – partly out of fear that they would be attacked by organizations and individuals whose definition of “supporting Israel” equals “the U.S. must support the war and occupation policies of the Israeli government no matter what, and any opposition to these policies by mainstream political actors in the United States must be crushed.” But there’s a new moment now, because people with unprecedented mainstream platforms in the United States are speaking up. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the most popular politician in the United States, is leading a letter of Senators to the State Department, urging U.S. action to help relieve Gaza’s humanitarian crisis. The letter presses for full U.S. funding for United Nations assistance to Palestinians in Gaza, U.S. pressure to end restrictions on the movement and economic activity of Palestinians in Gaza, and U.S. assistance to rebuild Gaza’s infrastructure and economy to reduce reliance on outside aid. [You can watch a video clip about the letter here.]  Academy Award winning Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend an award ceremony in Israel because, she said, she “did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu,” because “the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities” is not in line with her Jewish values, and because she “must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.”   Urge your Senators and Representative to join and echo the Sanders letter by signing our petition. You can call your Senators here. 

Robert Naiman
5,978 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States

Join Bernie, Mike, Chris, Rand, Tim, 88 Reps: Trump Has No Legal Authority to Hit Syria

On March 20, 44 Senators took a stand against unconstitutional war when they voted in favor of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen. Now, President Trump is threatening to attack the Syrian government without Congressional authorization, in flagrant violation of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Some of those 44 Senators who took a stand against unconstitutional war on March 20 have taken a stand now. 88 Democratic and Republican members of the House have also taken a stand. Senator Sanders said: “President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility.” He also said: "If President Trump believes that expanding the war in Syria will bring stability to the region and protect American interests, he should come to Congress with his ideas."  Senator Lee said: “As news reports continue to indicate impending U.S. military action against the Assad regime in Syria, I again implore President Trump to consult with Congress before engaging our armed forces. The Russian government has stated that it will not only seek to strike down our missiles, but also fire upon the source that sends them. Using the 48-hour notification window in the War Powers Act is not enough when the U.S. or our service members are not in immediate danger of imminent attack.” He also said: “The use of chemical weapons absolutely requires a response from the United States. But if that response is going to include military force, the president of the United States should come to Congress and ask for authorization before military force is used." Senator Murphy said: "We're a nation of laws, and we have a Constitution that says very clearly that it's Congress who gets to decide who the United States can fight wars against. The president can take military action without congressional permission if the U.S. is attacked or is at risk of imminent attack — but that's not what happened here. If the president thinks he found a loophole that lets him attack other countries without authorization, he needs to show that justification and make that case to the people." Senator Paul said: “Promising war by tweet, insults not only the Constitution but every soldier who puts their life on the line.” Senator Kaine said: "Without congressional authorization, any military action President Trump takes in Syria that isn't in self-defense is illegal." He also said: “He’s a president, not a king, and Congress needs to quit giving him a blank check to wage war against anyone, anywhere. If he strikes Syria without our approval, what will stop him from bombing North Korea or Iran?” In the House, 88 Democrats and Republicans wrote to President Trump, pressing him to seek Congressional authorization before using military force, as required by the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Stand with these patriotic Members of Congress who meant what they said when they swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Urge your elected officials in Washington to protect and defend the Constitution by signing our petition.

Robert Naiman
4,720 supporters