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PEACE

STOP ARMS SALES TO HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS

$110 billion in arms sales have been approved for Saudi Arabia. This is illegal because Saudi Arabia is known to target civilians and the United States has laws against such things. But President Trump and Rex Tillerson have OK'd the deal.

We need our elected officials in Congress to stop this. Section 36(b) of the Arms Export Control Act gives Congress the authority to do so. Congress can stop the sale of arms to human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia.

The message to Congress: Pass laws that prohibit arms sales to countries with records of human rights abuses like Saudi Arabia.

Please take a few minutes to contact your elected officials in Congress and deliver this message. Human rights victims and civilians are counting on us.

Thanks for taking action.

 

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE--RESTRICT FIRST USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Like it or not, President Trump now has our nuclear codes.

U.S. policy confers upon the president the sole authority to use nuclear weapons--even for a "first strike." California Representative Ted Lieu believes it is now time to change this policy for Trump and all future presidents. On January 24, Rep. Lieu introduced the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act," (HR 669) which would prohibit a president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. Right now, President Trump can order a nuclear strike and have it happen in under 10 minutes. This scares a lot of people to death.

We MUST support Rep. Lieu and his bill!

Will you contact your federal representative and urge him/her to cosponsor this important bill and encourage others to do so as well?

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--AMERICA'S BIGGEST TARGETS--The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016, 3,027 more than in 2015, according to an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations. Here are the most targeted countries:

**Syria (12,192 bombs)
**Iraq (12,095)
**Afghanistan (1,337)
**Libya (496)
**Yemen (34)
**Pakistan (3)

--Most Americans (56%) support the nuclear deal with Iran, including 69% of Democrats and 41% of Republicans. 37% oppose the deal. But most people remain skeptical: 64% say they aren't confident that it will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. (ABC News/Washington Post)

--The Afghanistan War, the longest foreign conflict in U.S. history, has cost American taxpayers nearly $1 trillion and will probably cost several hundred billion dollars more after it officially ends. The U.S. borrowed the money to pay for the conflict and has already racked up $125 billion in owed interest on the debt. (Financial Times)

--83% of Americans favor providing humanitarian aid to people fleeing ISIS. (CNN report)

--World's worst peacemakers--An annual WIN/Gallup International survey asked more than 66,000 people worldwide which country they considered the "greatest threat to peace." The top four: 24% (United States), 8% (Pakistan), 6% (China), 5% (Afghanistan).