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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Marco Rubio, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson, Cory Booker, Ted Lieu, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Timothy Theriault, Andy Anders, Melissa Melendez, Kevin McCarthy, Theodore Yoho, Eleanor Norton, Mike Moon, Fred Upton, Don Young, Joe Courtney, Maxine Waters, Eliot Engel, Darrell Issa, Elijah Cummings, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Nydia Velazquez, Mike Honda, Gerald Greene, Tulsi Gabbard, John Garamendi, Alma Allen, John Lively, Luis Gutierrez, Louie Gohmert

RESTRICT THE PRESIDENT FROM THE FIRST-USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Right now the only thing standing between the President and the first use of nuclear weapons is the Secretary of Defense - someone who he appoints and does not have the power to veto the order. Donald Trump has been quoted saying that he will not rule out the use of nuclear weapons. Please join me in support of H.R. 669 - The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 sponsored by congressman Ted Lieu.  For more info you can go to https://lieu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-lieu-senator-markey-introduce-restricting-first-use-0 You can also go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ to find the name and phone number of your district's representative. Please call and e-mail them to let them know you are in support of this bill!  Please sign and share this petition and help me give this issue the attention it deserves. e-mail me at coatypop@gmail.com with any questions

Coatie Pop
42 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State

Save my Afghan interpreter

When I served as an Embedded Combat Adviser in Afghanistan, my interpreter, Janis Shinwari, saved my life. Now I need you to help me save Janis’ life. In 2008, Janis and I were caught in the middle of a firefight. He took swift action when a combatant shot at me. But beyond that specific incident, Janis served a critical role for me and all of the other troops serving in Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals.  However, because they are so visible in their communities, many interpreters have become targets for violence. Janis knows for a fact that the Taliban has added his name to a kill list and he is in constant danger. For the moment, he is living safely on an army base, but he needs to leave the country immediately to ensure his safety and that of his family. The US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters like Janis are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are weeks away from expiring unless Congress takes action to renew them. Janis began his application for a US Visa in 2011. Today, he is still waiting for the US Embassy in Kabul to issue him the visa he has earned. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Janis leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. I know first hand how critical interpreters like Janis are to our troops serving overseas. It’s time that the US do the right thing and help Janis escape the dangerous situation he’s in because of the work that he did for our country.  Please join me in calling on the US Embassy in Kabul and the State Department to help save Janis life by issuing his visa immediately.

Matt Zeller
113,534 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State

Help save Ehsan, the interpreter in Afghanistan who helped US troops

Thanks to a previous Change.org petition, I was able to help Janis Shinwari, my interpreter while I served as a base intelligence officer in Afghanistan, secure a visa to resettle in the US after he was stuck for years in bureaucratic red tape. Now I need your help again to save my other interpreter, Ehsan.  While serving in Iraq in 2008, I learned that the help of local Afghan nationals like Janis and Ehsan was critical to our effort. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals. It wasn’t until after my service, when I learned that Janis’ life was in danger as he was placed on a Taliban kill list because of his work to help US troops, that I truly understand how much these brave individuals put on the line. Every day, many of these interpreters live in fear that they or their families will be harmed in retaliation for their efforts -- a very real and deadly threat. Like Janis, Ehsan is an amazing man. During our time together, Ehsan helped my unit and I interdict over 7 tons (millions of dollars worth) of drugs used by the Taliban to fund their attacks. The Taliban know this and as a result placed him on their kill list. Without our help, he could die.  Luckily, the US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are set to expire in the coming months unless Congress takes action to renew them. When my previous campaign took off, Janis’ application started moving faster and now Janis has his visa to safety. I don't think I've ever heard him as happy as when he finally received his visa. Ehsan, my other interpreter, heard all about our efforts to help Janis and contacted me begging that I do for him what I did for Janis. Ehsan submitted his application to the US Embassy in Kabul in June 2012 but he’s still waiting for his visa. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Ehsan leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. Together, we can help make that happen.

Matt Zeller
116,798 supporters