CREDO Action released the statement below in response to Sen. Mikulski becoming the 34th Senator to announce her support for the Iran nuclear deal, ensuring that the deal will not be blocked by Congress:
“This is a huge deal. President Obama confronted a similar challenge over Iran to the one that George W. Bush faced over Iraq – but won peace through diplomacy rather than dragging us into another disastrous war of choice in the Middle East,” said CREDO Action Political Director Becky Bond. “A Democratic Party that wrongly voted in support of the invasion of Iraq over a decade ago, despite massive protests, this time listened to the grassroots who wrote, called, and rallied in huge numbers and stood with their president to stop a war with Iran.”
Bond continued, “Now that it’s virtually certain the Iran nuclear deal won’t be sabotaged by Congress, the president, the Democratic Party and the grassroots need to confront party stalwarts like Sen. Chuck Schumer who were wrong on Iraq and then tried to lead the nation once again into war with Iran.”
“Those who would push the United States into yet another disastrous war in the Middle East won’t give up easily. Those who want peace must remain vigilant in the weeks to come to ensure that the United States chooses the path of diplomacy,” Bond added.
CREDO and its 3.8 million members have fought for years to stop Republicans from sabotaging diplomacy and starting a war with Iran. Here’s what we’re doing right now:
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 450,000 petition signatures and 52,000 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=bIyPXpAHZH8
Here’s what CREDO activists did earlier this year in support of diplomacy:
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.