Congress Must Oppose The Attack On Syria and Invoke The War Powers Act
After declaring on Tuesday April 3, 2018, that he would pull out of Syria, Trump has instead ordered an unauthorized and dangerous missile attack on Syria.
The “War Powers Act,” was passed in 1973 to limit the power of the president in deploying military forces without the consent of Congress. Our representatives have been shirking their power since they voted to illegally attack Iraq in 2003, and apparently remain afraid to do their job. We demand they must either vote to declare war and be accountable for the lives lost, or use diplomacy to end this suffering.
The Syrian war has been raging since 2011. Over 400,000 people have been killed or are missing, 1.5 million have suffered permanent injuries. There are 6.1 million internally displaced Syrians and 5.6 million refugees who have fled to neighboring countries and to countries throughout Europe. There have been 492 attacks on medical facilities and 847 medical personnel killed.
Bombing by Western powers will only succeed in escalating the war and result in more devastation.
Action: Call your Senators and tell them to do everything in their power to rein in Trump’s Syrian escalation. Urge the Administration to lead with diplomacy to help the people of Syria. You can view our resource, and call script, here.
Senators and Representative for Washington state:
- Sen. Cantwell 253-572-2281
- Sen. Murray 253-572-3636
Hi, I’m a constituent calling from [part of state]. I’m calling about our unauthorized war in Syria. Congress has the sole authority to declare the use of military force, and so Trump must go before Congress and a vote must be taken for any more military interventions in Syria. In the event of such a vote, we ask that you vote no to any use of force in Syria. We also ask that you support the ongoing investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the chemical weapons attack. We have the United Nations to enable country leaders to come together to resolve conflicts and end human suffering, let’s allow it to do what it was created to do.
ACTION: Send this message to your local, state or provincial, and national government officials: The world has had enough of war, and that includes me. Government officials everywhere are being asked to join with the people of the world in signing a declaration of peace at http://WorldBeyondWar.org It reads:
“I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. I commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.”
The steps that will take us from a world full of war to a world of peace are many, but I want to be represented by people who are committed to moving in that direction. Please sign the declaration of peace at http://WorldBeyondWar.org
Link: http://worldbeyondwar.org/ government/
This action is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action with formatting edits. Be sure to go to their website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report. Also find them on Facebook.