- Contact Your Representative
- Join our Conference Call at 8pm Tuesday, February 5, at 8PM
Diane Randall, Friends Committee on National Legislation
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February 4, 2014 | The House of Representatives has come within 33 votes of passing a repeal of the "blank check" that has kept our country in a state of endless war since 2001. This year, repeal of that law is within reach.
This blank check, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, has been used as the sole legal justification for the war in Afghanistan, deadly drone attacks, detention at Guantanamo Bay, warrantless wiretapping and military interventions around the world. Please contact your representative today to ask her or him to support repealing this law.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is a Quaker lobby in the public interest. Diane Randall is the Executive Secretary.
Contact your representative…
You can help end the endless war. Please join my colleagues Elizabeth Beavers and Jim Cason for a lively conference call Tuesday, January 5, at 8 p.m. to learn more about FCNL’s work and what you can do in your community.
The American people and our Congress are asking hard questions about the idea and practice of “permanent war” that has shaped U.S. policy since 9/11. In the past months, the Senate has rejected new sanctions that would undermine Iran diplomacy, Congress has refused to endorse military action in Syria, and the Pentagon budget has been cut.
But the law that provides the legal underpinnings for drone strikes, detentions at Guantanamo Bay, government surveillance, and the war Afghanistan remains on the books. Unless Congress acts, this sweeping law – the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) – will continue to be used to justify a U.S. policy based on permanent war.
FCNL is working diligently alongside others here in Washington to convince Congress to repeal this law and bring this dark chapter of our country’s history to a close. But to achieve the ambitious goal of repealing this law, we need your help.
Here’s what you can do now:
1. Join FCNL’s call tonight (Tuesday, January 5, 2014)
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to join the call. Then on February 5 at 8 p.m., call 1-213-342-3000 and enter access code 86511.
2. Write your representative now
Ask her or him to cosponsor legislation that would repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force. Rep Adam Schiff’s bill, H.R. 2324, has bipartisan support and would end the Authorization on December 31, 2014.
We see an excellent opportunity to repeal the AUMF and end the authority Congress created for endless war. Last year, 185 representatives—just 33 shy of the number needed for a bill to pass—voted to repeal the AUMF. With your help, this year we can and will persuade 33 additional members of the House to support this legislation when it comes to a vote again this summer.