[pjw] INFO/ACTION: US considering retaliation for Iran shooting down drone

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Thu Jun 20 20:16:23 EDT 2019

PJW supporters
The one good thing I can say about this latest escalation with Iran: Trump 
noted that there are not people in drones and no human being was hurt, and 
said he thinks the Iranians didn't shoot down a US spy drone on purpose... 
but he also used the phrase "big mistake" which sounds as if he wants to 
let the dogs of war loose.

The below email from the National Iranian American Council was forwarded 
via the American Iranian Friendship Council this morning, they have a good 
take on the urgency of demanding that Congress prevent war on Iran.

Here's a reminder of the standing call for an emergency action:

  The standing call to action for if the US launches an attack on another
  country is to meet at 4 PM at Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Jefferson,
  on the day of the attack, or 4 PM the day after if the attack happens
  after 4.

(I recently posted this to our "ongoing actions" page at
  http://pjw.info/ongoingvigils.html#Emergency )

Let's hope we don't need it.
--dan handelman
peace and justice works iraq affinity group

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Jamal Abdi, NIAC Action <
Date: Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 10:06 AM
Subject: This isn't a drill -- White House considering military strikes on

As I write this, the Trump Administration is *actively considering
retaliatory military strikes against Iran.* *This may be as close as we
have been to war with Iran, and elected officials need to hear our voices
against war NOW. *

*>> Call and write your Member of Congress NOW to stop potential military

Early this morning, Iran downed a U.S. military drone after it had
allegedly entered into Iranian territory. Now, national security officials
are gathering to discuss potential retaliatory measures. With Bolton at the
head of the table, we can be sure that war will be presented as the only
path forward, which would be a disaster for ordinary Iranians and embolden
hardline forces.

*Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are already at unprecedented levels,
and could boil over in hours.*

*It is time for Congress to step up or be complicit.* We urgently need
every member of our community to call or write their Members of Congress
*now* and insist that diplomacy replace further escalation with Iran. Iran
and the US have kept the door open to negotiations, but that door could
soon slam shut.

Take Action

*Make no mistake: this is a crisis manufactured by the Trump
administration. *Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal,
impose crushing sanctions on the country, and ramp up escalatory rhetoric
has pushed us to the precipice. John Bolton, who has shaped Trump?s Iran
strategy, has always had a singular aim: to goad Iran into a reaction that
gives the administration a pretext to launch the war Bolton has always

But there's still time to reverse course. Bolton and his hawks have paved
the road to war, but we can prevent the U.S. from barreling down this
one-way road by reaching out to our elected officials today.* But if they
don?t hear from us now, it may be too late.*

In pursuit of peace,

*Jamal Abdi*
*Executive Director, NIAC Action*

1629 K St NW, Ste 503 | Washington, DC 20006

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