Friday, November 28, 2014

We're going into overtime!

Iran Talks Extended!

Tell Congress to let diplomacy work!
Dear John-Michael,

Breaking news: Negotiations with Iran have been extended!

The U.S., our allies, and Iran have been hard at work over the past year negotiating a deal that would verifiably cut off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon without resorting to war. In many ways, we have already succeeded: Iran's nuclear program is under a lock and key, ensuring they cannot get a nuclear bomb. That's diplomacy at work.

Today, our negotiators announced that they are close to reaching a final agreement, but need a bit more time to work out the details. Please write to your Members of Congress and ask them to support continued negotiations.

Diplomacy has a real chance of achieving a historic deal that would prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and avert a disastrous war of choice in the Middle East. But the reality is that any deal was always going to be hard work. Diplomacy takes time, and we need to give our negotiators they space they need to reach a comprehensive agreement.

Can you email Congress right now? Explain: "As your constituent, I urge you to support continued diplomacy with Iran. Let diplomacy work with Iran and keep America off the path to war."

Lawmakers like Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—notorious for beating the drums of war—are already declaring the diplomatic talks a failure and working to make that a self-fulfilling prophecy.

That's where you come in. Last winter, you helped generate over one million actions in support of diplomacy with Iran - and won a huge victory when Congress backed off new sanctions that threatened to kill the talks before they even started. It's time to do it again. During the next few days, it's important for Congress to hear strong support from the people they represent for continued diplomacy with Iran in order to stand up to war hawks like McCain and Graham who are trying to micromanage U.S. diplomats' sensitive negotiations from afar with unrealistic demands that nuclear nonproliferation experts call "deal-killers."

We've come too far to let Congress throw the diplomatic talks off course. There's too much at stake. Tell Congress to let diplomacy work in Iran and keep America off the path to war.

Thanks for working for peace,

Stephen, Angela, Tom, and the Win Without War team

P.S. Learn more about how you can support this historic opportunity on Tuesday, November 25 from 9pm-10pm EST during our grassroots activist call on Iran. Click here to register.

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The good news is the deal that has successfully frozen Iran’s nuclear program is still in place and another seven months will be invested in patient diplomacy.

The bad news is that Congress may now attempt to pass a new round of sanctions on Iran to force it to ‘knuckle under’.

If Congress kills a good deal by imposing new sanctions, Iran will unfreeze its nuclear program, and we could be on the path to another war in the Middle East.

Your generous contribution to Peace Action or Peace Action Education Fund will make a big difference as we marshall the resources to meet this, and other, challenges to peace that confront us in the weeks and months ahead.

Through our Diplomacy, Not War campaign we are educating Congress, the media and the general public on how the deal with Iran is the best path to a safer world.  Our success here can light the path to peace, resolving the world’s conflicts without resorting to a doctrine of endless warfare.

This is a good deal that protects US security by preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb.
•    The agreement negotiated by the U.S. and allies rolls back Iran’s nuclear program and cuts off its path to a bomb.  The interim deal worked. Nuclear inspectors on the ground have confirmed that Iran upheld its end of the bargain and froze or rolled back its nuclear activities.
•    As long as the interim deal remains in place, we will continue to benefit from having inspectors at Iran’s nuclear facilities, ensuring their compliance. 
•    The interim nuclear deal gave us unprecedented insight into Iran’s nuclear program by establishing a strong monitoring regime. The final deal locks in that verification regime and dials up the intrusive inspections.
We need to act now to prevent the unraveling of the progress that has been made thus far.  If the US walks away from a deal, we would lose these inspections and be blind to an unconstrained Iranian nuclear program.
We are close to a final deal.  That’s why both sides saw the wisdom in an extension.  Now, Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund will be pressing Congress to hold up its end and not gum up the works. I need your help to make that happen.
The choice is clear: Diplomacy, Not War.
•    Rather than undercutting our diplomats at the negotiating table, Congress should prepare to play a constructive role: gradually lifting sanctions as UN inspectors verify that Iran is continuing to roll back its program in compliance with the deal.
•    Diplomacy is the only way to achieve a lasting solution to the Iran nuclear situation. This deal advances U.S. security by verifiably preventing a nuclear Iran and preventing another war.
•    With bad news coming out of the Middle East nearly every day, continued negotiations with Iran is something to lift up not bring down.  This is a key time to lessen tensions in the Middle East. 
Humbly for Peace,
Kevin Martin
Executive Director
Peace Action
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