Thursday, March 7 - End the War in Yemen / Election Volunteers / Indivisible IL9 Salon
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell our Senators to end the unauthorized war in Yemen
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Action 2: Become an election protection volunteer for the April 2 election
Action 3: Indivisible IL9 Salon on Monday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Vincent Restaurant (1475 W Balmoral Ave.)
Action 1: Tell Senators to End Our Unauthorized War in Yemen
We called both senators in March last year to end the unauthorized war in Yemen, and then in December thanked them for voting to pass Joint Resolution 54 to end the US’s involvement. Now S.J. Resolution 7 is up for a vote. Senator Durbin is a co-sponsor, but Senator Duckworth has been silent.
This has never happened before—last year the Senate used the War Powers Resolution to vote to end an unauthorized war. Republicans blocked even holding a vote then, but that was before the Blue Wave. The new Democratic-run House already passed H.J. Res. 37 on February 13. The legislation now awaits consideration in the Senate.
This Senate vote is a big deal. The United States’ role in the Yemen war is complicated and controversial. Importantly, it also hasn’t been authorized by Congress. Since March 2015, the United States has supported the Saudi-led coalition's military intervention in Yemen. The military intervention has taken at least 10,000 lives, with the Saudi-led coalition responsible for 2/3 of civilian deaths in the conflict, including the deaths of over 600 children. The U.S. has supported the coalition with arms sales, refueling of Saudi warplanes, and targeting assistance.
The conflict has caused a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Today in Yemen, with a population of 27 million, 22 million people are dependent on humanitarian aid, 18 million are food insecure, 8 million are steps away from famine, and 1 million cases of cholera have been reported, representing the largest cholera outbreak in human history.
Recently, the CIA recently concluded that Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated at the command of Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia. This barbaric act has also forced US lawmakers to reconsider our involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Learn more about the situation in Yemen and how we got here.
Thank Senator Durbin for co-sponsoring S.J. Res. 7, and ask Senator Duckworth to do the same and publicly urge their colleagues to also do so.
Thank Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a Chicago constituent from [zip code] and member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank Senator Durbin for supporting Senate Joint Resolution 7 to end all U.S. assistance for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, this war was never authorized by Congress, and we should not be involved. Thank you for voting to pass this Resolution!
Ask Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a Chicago constituent from [zip code] and member of Indivisible.I want to urge Senator Duckworth to co-sponsor and vote in favor of S. J. Res. 7, the bipartisan resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led Yemen war. Congress never authorized this conflict, and the Constitution demands that we the people, through our elected representatives, decide when and where we go to war - not the president. Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, and we’re helping it happen. I will be closely watching for the Senator’s support of S. J. Res. 7
Action 2: Volunteer for Election Protection in the April 2 Runoffs
The Chicago area municipal elections (and runoffs) are on April 2, and field volunteers are needed to help protect the rights of citizens to vote.
Numerous organizations representing communities of color and civil rights have formed the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition. During the 2018 election season, they trained and deployed over 300 volunteer lawyers who answered over 1000 calls to the Chicago call center of the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, and monitored hundreds of polling places throughout Chicago and suburban counties.
Sign up to be a Field Volunteer: You will assist voters onsite by monitoring polling places in Chicago and surrounding suburban counties during the municipal elections on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
Action 3: Indivisible IL9 Salon on 3/11
At the next Indivisible IL9 monthly meeting, the focus will be on the April 2 runoff election in Chicago.
We will hear from the Aldermanic campaigns of:
Learn about important legislation and the work of Indivisible IL9. Get to know other progressives in the 9th District. Talk about ways you can get involved and be active! Invite your friends and neighbors. Refreshments and snacks will be provided!