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this is more for those from the US, so sorry for those whom this is not relevant. ***Please Distribute Freely*** MASSIVE NATIONAL EMERGENCY CALL-IN DAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ TUESDAY, April 3, 2001 As a debate ensues between moderates calling for "easing sanctions" and hardliner demanding "regime change" and tighter sanctions, DON'T REMAIN SILENT. If the hardliners win, another U.S. Administration will be locked into maintaining a siege that has already claimed over one million lives. Please join us and other concerned folks around the country. On April 3rd, plan to make at least two phone calls to Washington, DC. Calls should target: (1) U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell at 202-647-5291 AND (2) your Representative via the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121. See details below. WHY APRIL 3rd? On April 3rd, 1991, the UN Security Council (UNSC) passed Resolution 687, which reinstated sanctions against Iraq following the Gulf War. As stated by the scholar, Sarah Graham Brown: "This was the first time such a draconian UN embargo had been imposed on a state which had just suffered severe infrastructural damage in the course of a war (p. 57)" In other words, when the Iraqi people needed international support to rebuild their country, they were hit with international isolation. Resolution 687 also established the infamous 661 Sanctions Committee, which decides what goods are allowed or not allowed into Iraq. Composed of representatives of the UN Security Council in New York City, this committee is currently holding up over 1,600 contracts, including $2.9 billion of humanitarian supplies. Mark the 10-year anniversary of Resolution 687 by demanding an end to the 661 Committee. An economy of over 23 million people should not be controlled by bureaucrats in New York City. (1) CALL SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL at 202-647-5291 or fax 202-647-6434. Thank the Secretary of State for publicly acknowledging the need to alleviate the suffering of ordinary Iraqis. Remind him that the UN Oil-for-Food program cannot address the dire poverty (over 50% of the population lives below the poverty line) and unemployment underlying Iraq's humanitarian crisis. Urge Powell to eliminate the 661 Sanctions Committee and other obstacles that prevent the restoration of civilian economic life to Iraq. (2) CALL YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE Support recently introduced legislation to lift sanctions. Representative Conyers (D-MI) and 9 other Members of Congress have introduced H.R 742, the Humanitarian Exports Leading to Peace (H.E.L.P.) Act of 2001. If passed, H.R. 742 would change U.S. law to allow farmers, relief organizations and companies to export food, medicine and agricultural goods directly to Iraq. Circumventing the 661 Committee, U.S. trade with Iraq would hasten the end of the trade embargo. H.R. 742 also calls on the U.S. Government to take all necessary steps to end the suffering of innocent populations in Iraq. For details and the full text of the bill visit http://saveageneration.org/wawatch (EPIC's new home page for grassroots advocates). Call your Representatives via the Congressional switchboard at 202/225-3121 or 202/224-3121! Urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 742, the Humanitarian Exports Leading to Peace Act of 2001. When you call, ask for the foreign policy staffer. Be prepared to leave a brief voice message and your phone number if necessary. If your Representative has already co-sponsored this important legislation, thank them for their support. Don't know who your congressperson is? Want their direct phone number and contact information? Visit http://congress.gov and scroll down to "Elected Officials". Punch in your zip code and follow the links to get the phone number for your Representative in Washington. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Sponsors: Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC), Free Iraq Foundation (FIF), Muslim Student Association of USA & Canada (MSA), Student Peace Action Network (SPAN), Union of Arab Student Associations (UASA) and the National Network to End the War Against Iraq (NNEWAI). Info: For more info and to get in touch with other students/groups planning this action on campuses nationwide, email firstname.lastname@example.org. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= EDUCATION for PEACE in IRAQ CENTER (EPIC) 1101 Penn. Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 202-543-6176; 202-546-5103 (fax) http://saveageneration.org Visit us on the web at http://saveageneration.org for more information and NEW updates. ___________________________ William J. (Bill) Thomson, Ph.D. (email@example.com) ___________________________ -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk