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Current Legislation, Lobbying and Actions

This is our Peace and Diplomacy Lobbying Toolbox. This resource is updated weekly with: current legislation and co-sponsors, scheduled lobbying meetings, Town Halls in New York state – and most importantly – lobby packets and one pagers that you can take to your Senators or House Representative to demand peace, diplomacy and sane foreign and domestic policy.

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Current: Yemen

H.Con.Res. 81 is in the House of Representatives. Using the War Powers Act, HCR 81 would stop the U.S. from continuing to support the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, including preventing refueling of Saudi aircraft and tactical assistance. It would also prohibit boots on the ground without explicit new Congressional authorization.

  • Urge your House Representative to SUPPORT H.C.R. 81
  • Urge your Senators to introduce companion legislation to H.C.R. 81 in the Senate.
Current: North Korea

H.R. 4140 is in the House of Representatives. It prohibits any nuclear first strike against North Korea. S. 2016 and S.2047 are in the Senate, and also prohibit any nuclear first strike against North Korea.

  • Tell your House Rep to CO-SPONSOR H.R. 4140
  • Tell your Senators to CO-SPONSOR S.2016 and S.2047
Current: Nuclear Weapons

H.R. 669 is in the House of Representatives. It would prevent the President from launching a nuclear first strike against any nation without Congressional approval. S.200 is in the Senate and is the companion bill of H.R.669. It would also prevent the President from launching a nuclear first strike against any nation without Congressional approval.

  • Tell your House Representative to CO-SPONSOR H.R. 669
  • Tell your Senators to CO-SPONSOR S.200.
Other Asks (Not Current)

The 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) must be repealed and all current actions up for debate by Congress. U.S. wars have not been authorized by Congress since September 14, 2001.

  • Tell your House Representative to support the repeal of the 2001 AUMF.
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The only way to influence our Elected Representatives is to get their attention – through calls, letters, in-district meetings and public events. We have resources to help.

Click here for an excel list of all New York State Elected Officials in the Senate and House of Representatives. This list includes: address information for letters to your Representatives, office phone numbers for calls, and the names and emails of their schedulers, so you can set up an in-district meeting with the Representative and/or their staff.

Below, you’ll find up to date lobby packets on current legislation. You can download and print out these documents, read up on our current asks, bring these materials with you to a lobby meeting with your Elected Official, and leave the materials behind.


Yemen is the world’s worst man made humanitarian disaster. In the midst of armed conflict, famine, and the world’s worst cholera outbreak, the United States is sending bombs, while any aid sent to Yemen is not getting to the people most in need due to the ongoing armed conflict and war crimes committed in particular by the Saudi-led regime, which has recently blocked all of Yemen’s ports from receiving commercial goods. Humanitarian actors are underfunded, and do not have the supplies to address the war-caused famine without commercial imports. Actors from the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization are clear: the only way to sustainably address the famine and the cholera outbreak, and save millions of lives, is to end the conflict. The U.S. must stop supporting the war on Yemen. H. Con. Res. 81 would, using the War Powers Act, stop all U.S. support to the Saudi-led alliance and ensure any U.S. presence in Yemen would require the authorization of Congress.

Sign this petition from MPower: https://act.mpowerchange.org/sign/congress-stop-fueling-war-yemen/
Sign this petition from Yemen Peace Project: https://www.yemenpeaceproject.org/take-action/hcr81

Meeting with Elected Officials?
Download this information sheet to give to your Senators: Click Here
Download this information sheet to give to your House Representative: Click Here
Download these background materials on the Conflict to give to both House and Senate Reps: Click Here
Download these background materials on the Saudi-led blockade of Yemen’s ports to give to both House and Senate Reps: Click Here

Need help scheduling an in-district meeting with your Elected Officials? Check out our Activist Toolbox page for more information.

 

 

The United States and North Korea are playing with “fire and fury” rhetoric until one actor ends the cycle of threat and violence, or until nuclear weapons are launched. Congress has the obligation – for the survival of tens of thousands, for the protection of the planet, and the preservation of critical security alliances with Japan and South Korea – to stand opposed to reckless rhetoric and nuclear strikes.

Nuclear strikes are not bound by the terms of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. The Atomic Energy Act of 1946 granted the President of the United States exclusive authority to launch nuclear weapons, without Congressional debate or authorization, in any area of the world. New legislation is needed to ensure that the most dangerous weapons ever developed are not launched impulsively.

Recent calls by South Korea for a peace process should be supported by diplomatic measures applied by the United States, including legislation to prohibit unconstitutional military first strikes against North Korea, and Congressional statements in support of South Korea calls for a peace process. Current political divisions between U.S. and South Korea leaders and their long-term impacts on the strategic alliance can be mollified in part through statements from various representatives in the U.S. government in support of South Korea calls for a peace process with North Korea. These calls have already resulted in new communications between North and South Korea, a pivotal and potentially life-saving shift in an unravelling nuclear crisis.

Sign this petition from Ploughshares Fund on Change.org: Click Here
Sign this petition from Peace Action’s national office: Click Here

Meeting with Elected Officials?
Download this information sheet to give to your Senators: Click Here
Download this information sheet to give to your House Representative: Click Here
Download these background materials to give to both House and Senate Reps: Click Here

Need help scheduling an in-district meeting with your Elected Officials? Check out our Activist Toolbox page for more information.

More than 25 years after the Cold War and the Non-Proliferation treaty, the world’s nuclear stockpiles remain at dangerously high levels. Of the 15,375 estimated nuclear weapons in the world, the United States and Russia have 93% of the world’s nuclear arsenal. An estimated 1,800 of these nuclear weapons are on hair-trigger alert. Current U.S. plans to modernize our nuclear weapons are unaffordable at a cost of $1.2T over 30 years, would further destabilize the nuclear crisis with North korea, and would lead towards a new nuclear arms race.

The United States should not bankrupt essential programs of social uplift to pay for a weapons system too dangerous to be used. An estimated 120,000 – 200,000 people, mostly civilians and no soldiers, died instantly from the detonation of U.S. nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands more died in the following years from radiation-related illnesses. To spend money on this program, while neglecting funding for Veteran’s Affairs, education and infrastructure, is demonstrative of the priorities of the United States, and the priorities of each individual Elected Official. Similarly, research and development funding for new weapons systems could instead be directed to renewable energy, including technical training for persons currently employed in extractive industries, in support of a sustainable and livable world for future generations.

The majority of the world is pointing us towards a nuclear-free world, with the recent adoption of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The treaty language was approved by 122 nations, and emphasizes that the existence of nuclear arms is de-stabilizing. This has been emphasized in particular by recent escalation of tensions with North Korea, which show that the MAD theory of nuclear deterrence is waning, and that the only nuclear-safe world is a world without nuclear weapons.

Meeting with Elected Officials?
Download this information sheet to give to your Senators: Click Here
Download this information sheet to give to your House Representative: Click Here
Download these background materials to give to both House and Senate Reps: Click Here

Need help scheduling an in-district meeting with your Elected Officials? Check out our Activist Toolbox page for more information.

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