To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

Congress: Stop the Saudi Arms Deal. Stop the Famine in Yemen.

Pledge to oppose the Saudi arms deal. Use your leverage to stop the Saudi-imposed famine in Yemen.

Why is this important?

On March 23, a bipartisan group of ten Senators urged Secretary of State Tillerson to launch an urgent diplomatic effort to address obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who desperately need it. [1]

About Yemen, the ten Senators wrote: "In Yemen, the World Food Program estimates that 80% of the population is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. In short, millions of innocent people will starve to death without concerted and urgent action in the coming weeks…In Yemen, we ask that the Department of State work urgently with stakeholders to persuade combatants to permit humanitarian groups increased access to Red Sea ports like Hodeida to deliver much-needed assistance to vulnerable communities."

Former U.S. officials have said that failure to open Hodeida to food imports could tip Yemen into famine. [2]

The Trump Administration is moving towards selling even more weapons to Saudi Arabia. [3] This arms deal could be blocked by Congress. [4] That gives Congress leverage over Saudi Arabia.

Urge Congress to use its leverage to force the Saudis to open Hodeida to humanitarian aid to avert famine by signing our petition.

References:
1. https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=7D1BDC36-79DE-4AB2-A9F1-1A89B8B5111D
2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-hodeidah-yemen-famine_us_58a88970e4b037d17d28610b
3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-looks-to-resume-saudi-arms-sale-criticized-as-endangering-civilians-in-yemen/2017/03/08/a259090a-040e-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html
4. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/03/congress-showdown-saudi-arms-sales-bombs-yemen.html

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Reasons for signing

  • Shame & Trump should not go ahead with this on his own, it has already been voted against several time. Ao America how many of you want Trump to dictate what America will do? Wake up this is wha the has been doing & is still doing! He believes that it does not matter what Americans think , he knows best!
  • The concept that Saudi Arabia will receive the benefit of arms sales from the US and produce some of the weapons in Saudi Arabia using US technology is treasonous is must be stopped. The president should not have the power to unilaterally make this decision.
  • Please say NO to any war.