Sunday, August 30, 2015

Can you help greet Sen, Ben Cardin on September 1?/Declaring 'Power In Numbers', People Rally Nationwide for Peace with Iran

   President Ron Daniels is inviting 30 Johns Hopkins University students to a discussion with Senator Ben Cardin on the proposed Iran nuclear agreement. Sen. Cardin has requested an open conversation with Hopkins students. Cardin is the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Said Cardin, “Our young people have the most at stake when we consider questions of long-term global stability, so the opportunity to test my thinking on the proposed agreement with students will be an integral part of my decision-making process. Maryland’s universities draw some of the sharpest minds in the world, and I look forward to learning more about their views on the world.”

  Can you join the Pledge of Resistance at 9:15 AM outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles Street, on Tues., Sept. 1?  Then at 9:30 AM, we will march over to Hodson Hall on JHU’s Homewood campus.  It is hoped that we can engage in dialogue with Sen. Cardin before he enters the building for the meeting with 30 students. Should we be moved off campus, we will vigil at 33rd & N. Charles Street calling for Congressional support of the Iran deal.  RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

Also note that office visits will occur again on September 10.  Let us keep the pressure on the legislators.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Declaring 'Power In Numbers', People Rally Nationwide for Peace with Iran

200 demonstrations sweep country in national day of action to support nuclear deal and say no to war

Demonstrators call on Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) to support the Iran deal at a town hall meeting in Denver, Colorado August 4, 2015. (Photo courtesy of MoveOn)

People across the United States are taking to the streets, rallying at their local representatives' offices, and submitting open letters on Wednesday calling on Congress to choose a path to peace, not war, by saying yes to the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.

The national day of action was organized by a coalition that includes MoveOn, National Iranian American Council (NIAC), WinWithoutWar, and United for Peace and Justice, with over 200 actions from coast to coast. Brian Stewart, media relations director for MoveOn, told Common Dreams that tens of thousands of people nationwide also signed petitions, slated for delivery to lawmakers on Wednesday.

The coordinated mobilizations come as Congress nears the end of the August recess, after which lawmakers will vote on the pact—potentially as soon as September 9. As per recently-passed legislation, the U.S. House and Senate were given a total of 60 days to review the final deal.

If lawmakers were to vote against the deal, and amass the votes to override a presidential veto, Obama's hands would be tied on sanctions relief and the deal would sink. However, European Union nations are already showing more enthusiasm to engage, in what some say is a sign of the growing isolation of anti-diplomacy forces, from the United States to Israel.

Elham Khatami, national outreach director for NIAC, told Common Dreams that Wednesday's nationwide actions are the culmination of a month of mobilizing: "All of our organizations have been working through August to raise support, holding meetings and attending town halls. We've come together as a group of peace organizations today to try and make a really strong showing outside of congressional offices, because there's power in numbers."

Updates and commentary on the actions, still ongoing at the time of publication, are being posted to

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    The coordinated mobilizations are aimed at countering a well-funded campaign against the agreement. They come on the heels of numerous rallies and messages organized from within Iran, and the global diaspora, urging Congress to embrace the agreement—and cultivate peace with Iran.

  Dozens of Iranian civil society leaders and dissidents launched a social media campaign this week backing the deal, including those who have faced direct repression from the Iranian government, arguing that it will ease devastating sanctions and military escalation, and ultimately open up more space for social movements.

     "Those who have paid the highest price for the cause of democracy and human rights in Iran support the nuclear deal, not despite their pro-democracy and human rights activism, but precisely because of it," said Mohamadreza Jalaeipour, a former political prisoner, of the project.

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