[pjw] UPDATE: "Reply" from Blumenauer on Yemen letter...
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Tue Jan 30 17:13:29 EST 2018
Hey IAG supporters
FYI two people affiliated with national peace organizing efforts have
passed the Iraq Affinity Group's email about Yemen to their
colleagues, so that's encouraging. The day we sent out the letter to all
seven Oregon federal representatives, we received automated replies from
Senators Wyden and Merkley, and Reps. Bonamici and Schrader. Today we
received what I would say is a generic response from Rep. Blumenauer. I
say this because the issue is framed as being about Saudi Arabia's
blockade and says he supports ending the US' involvement in the war-- but
not suspending drone strikes and other US warfare. I guess that's
better than him ignoring the US' complicity. I've pasted the reply
If you send in your own letters let us know if you have any more luck
getting the US' now 16-year-long war in Yemen addressed.
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
Third District, Oregon
Committee on Ways and Means
House of Representatives Seal
Congress of the United States // House of Representatives // Washington,
1111 Longworth Building
Washington, DC 20515
911 NE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
January 30, 2018
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242-0456
Thank you for contacting me about Saudi Arabia's blocking of humanitarian
aid to Yemen. I share in your deep concerns on this issue - Yemeni
civilians are facing the largest famine the world has seen in decades.
Meanwhile, the blockade has sparked a huge cholera outbreak with over
900,000 cases detected in less than a year. This must end now.
I've added my voice to the growing number of Members of Congress and
administration officials who are calling on Saudi Arabia to end this
blockade once and for all and allow unimpeded access of water, food, fuel,
and other supplies into Yemen. I am also particularly concerned with the
U.S. support of the Saudi-armed intervention in Yemen. I am a cosponsor of
H.Con.Res.81, a resolution directing the President to remove U.S. Armed
Forces from hostilities in Yemen, except those engaged in operations
directed at Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
It's past time for the U.S. to recalibrate the way we allocate taxpayer
dollars abroad. What I do not support, and have long fought to change, is
our practice of prioritizing weapons sales to autocratic regimes over
programs that empower and strengthen the poor or marginalized within these
I sincerely appreciate your advocacy and hope you will stay in touch.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2018
From: Peace and Justice Works <pjw at pjw.info>
To Oregon's Congressional delegation: Representatives Earl Blumenauer,
Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden and
Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden:
We are writing to urge you to put an end to the US war in Yemen and
support for the Saudi-led war there.
In December, all five members of Oregon's House delegation voted to
support H. Res. 599, calling for a political solution and pointing out
that there is no Authorization for Use of Military Force in Yemen. That
Resolution passed 366-30.
In June, both Senators voted on S. Res. 42, which called to stop the sale
of arms to Saudi Arabia which allow it to continue conducting the war.
Unfortunately, that Resolution failed 47-53.
You are all aware that the war in Yemen has brought about one of the
worst humanitarian crises on the planet. Our group watched for many years
as Iraq suffered a similar fate under sanctions and bombs-- in that case,
launched by a coalition led by our own country.
Jennifer Newstead, a nominee for legal advisor to the State Department,
admitted that US law prohibits American assistance to countries which
block the flow of humanitarian aid (Foreign Policy, December 19). Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State Tim Lenderking said there is no military
solution to the war in Yemen, calling instead for "aggressive diplomacy"
(Al Jazeera, December 22).
Since our entire delegation has already shown its support for the people
of Yemen, Peace and Justice Works calls upon all seven of you to take the
1) Make this matter a focus of any public appearances, especially media
2) Take steps to strengthen the resolutions by creating or supporting
legislation (such as H. Res. 81) that would stop:
a) the flow of arms to Saudi Arabia,
b) the use of American aircraft to help refuel Saudi planes,
c) the use of US drones and ground troops (confirmed by NBC on December
20), which only add more fuel to the flames of conflict in Yemen.
3) Ensure humanitarian aid is supported financially and can find its way
to the Yemeni people.
We look forward to your prompt responses.
Dan Handelman, Wayne Haythorn and other members of
Peace and Justice Works
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