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CREDO STATEMENT: “The peace movement won today”

By September 10, 2015 No Comments

FYI – CREDO Action released the statement below on Senate Republicans’ failure to block President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran:

The peace movement won, and the fear mongering politicians who were wrong on Iraq and once again wrong on Iran lost,” said CREDO Political Director Becky Bond. “Our president pursued diplomacy, and backed up by millions of grassroots activists, the U.S. was brought back from the brink of starting another disastrous war of choice in the Middle East.

In 2003, diplomacy and our demand to let the inspections work in Iraq did not win the day. There was bipartisan support for bombing, and with Democratic support George W. Bush and Dick Cheney led our nation into more than a decade of bloody, costly war and occupation,” Bond said.

Bond continued, “This time it was different. Years of grassroots organizing – much of it aimed at holding Democrats accountable for supporting another war of choice in the Middle East – culminated in the Senate falling short of the votes necessary to advance a resolution blocking the president’s historic nuclear deal with Iran.

The opposition spent tens of millions of dollars to sabotage the agreement. And they would have been successful if it wasn’t for grassroots progressive activists around the country who signed petitions, called their elected officials, attended rallies and packed town halls,” Bond concluded.

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PLEASE NOTE: CREDO has been funding the peace movement for years. Since 2000, CREDO has donated more than $5 million to anti-war groups like J Street and Ploughshares Fund. In July, CREDO donated to nearly two dozen local peace groups nationwide.

CREDO has also played a key role in building support for the deal and holding accountable the anti-diplomacy politicians who would rather push us into another disastrous war in the Middle East. In total, more than half a million CREDO activists have taken action to stop war with Iran and support diplomacy.

Highlights of CREDO’s recent activism include:

CREDO ACTIVISTS SPEAK OUT IN AUGUST: CREDO activists across the country spoke out for peace at hundreds of rallies, town halls and meetings with their members of Congress throughout the August recess.

STOPWARWITHIRAN.COM DRIVES SURGE OF GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM: Within hours of the deal being announced on July 14, CREDO and allies launched StopWarWithIran.com to serve as a hub for progressive activism in support of the deal. The site has generated more than 453,000 petition signatures and 56,000 phone calls to Democrats in Congress in support of the deal.

EXPLAINER VIDEO: PREVENTING A WAR WITH IRAN: On July 17, CREDO released a short video explaining how grassroots activism can stop Republicans from sabotaging the nuclear deal and pushing us into a war with Iran. The video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIyPXpAHZH

OVER 100,000 CREDO ACTIVISTS TOLD SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER NOT TO LEAD US TO WAR WITH IRAN: Shortly after Senator Reid announced his retirement and it became clear that Senator Schumer is almost certain to become the next Democratic leader in the Senate, Senator Schumer loudly endorsed the Corker anti-diplomacy bill. 106,327 CREDO activists signed a petition saying that Senator Schumer was wrong on Iraq, wrong on Iran and wrong for Senate Democratic leadership.

NEARLY 150,000 CREDO ACTIVISTS URGED SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADERS TO INTRODUCE A RESOLUTION DENOUNCING TOM COTTON’S DANGEROUS LETTER AND THE SENATORS WHO SIGNED IT: After Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican senators sent a letter to Iran’s government threatening to sabotage any deal, 146,762 spoke out and urged Senate Democratic leaders to put forward a resolution condemning the letter and its signatories. The petition can be found here: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/gang_of_47

NEARLY 80,000 CREDO ACTIVISTS TOLD DEMOCRATS TO SKIP ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU’S ANTI-DIPLOMACY SPEECH: 77,507 activists signed a petition to Democrats in Congress denouncing John Boehner for secretly arranging for Prime Minister Netanyahu to attack President Obama’s diplomacy with Iran in front of a joint session of Congress, and urging Democrats to skip the speech. The petition can be found here: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/boehner_iran_speech

ALMOST 100,000 CREDO ACTIVISTS TOLD SENATOR MENENDEZ TO STOP WARMONGERING ON IRAN: 98,854 CREDO members signed a petition calling out Senator Menendez for trying to start a war with Iran by colluding with Republicans to pass new sanctions. After hundreds of tweets and local press coverage, Menendez backed down and agreed to delay a vote on his dangerous bill.

CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 3.8 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and more than 50,000 phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct actions for progressive change.