Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Two Actions You Can Take Right Now

Tell Congress to Support Obama's Promise to Iraqis
Last month, President Obama promised to help vulnerable Iraqis. Now, some in Congress want to break that promise by cutting President Obama's requested budget for foreign assistance.

To ensure that President Obama keeps his humanitarian promise to the people of Iraq, we must also ensure that he has the resources to do so.

Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) have offered an amendment to fully fund the president's foreign affairs budget request. It is critically important that you contact your Senators today and urge them to co-sponsor the Kerry-Lugar Amendment (Senate Amendment 732) to help strengthen life-saving programs in Iraq. Millions of innocent civilians have been displaced or otherwise made vulnerable by violence in Iraq.

Call your Senators right now and urge them to fully fund President Obama's foreign assistance budget request.

Protect Civilians from Deadly Cluster Bombs
The Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), which aids small, community-based projects assisting families directly affected by U.S. and coalition actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, is building support for the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2009 (S. 416/H.R. 981).

If passed, the legislation would limit the use, sale, and transfer of these deadly weapons. Though not an outright ban, if passed, this Act would be a major step in the right direction.

Visit CIVIC's action page to send a letter to your Senators!

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