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PEACE

The rejection of the Iran Nuclear Agreement by the President of the United States is a tragedy of monumental proportions, most immediately for the people of Iran, who will endure the horrendous consequences of sanctions.

Attached is a statement that we hope Catholic leaders and Catholic organizations/communities around the world will sign to express our deep concern that this action will create even more tension in the Middle East and undermine delicate negotiations with North Korea.  

Three years ago, many of us in the Catholic community actively supported the agreement as an important diplomatic accomplishment, a critical step away from nuclear proliferation and toward nuclear disarmament.

In this letter we strongly support efforts of the remaining signatories--Iran, China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the EU--to honor and implement the Iran nuclear deal. We urge U.S. Members of Congress to use their powers and influence to return the U.S. to the multilateral agreement. And we encourage the nations of the world to sign and ratify the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

Please consider joining this effort as an individual Catholic leader or as an organization. Your response here The deadline for signatures is 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday, May 31.

Here is the statement:

A TRAGEDY OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS

In direct contradiction to the repeated verifications provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the advice of his own Secretaries of Defense and State, and the positions of U.S. allies, President Trump has announced his decision to end the United States’ participation in the Iran Deal and begin re-imposing the U.S. nuclear-related sanctions that were lifted as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

When it was negotiated in 2015, Pope Francis, the Holy See and the U.S. bishops welcomed the Iran nuclear agreement as a “definitive step toward greater stability and security in the region.”  Catholics joined people of faith around the world to support the agreement as an important diplomatic accomplishment, a critical step away from nuclear proliferation and toward nuclear disarmament. Top diplomats, scientists, national security experts and military officials described the Iran deal as technically sound and critically important.

We were hopeful that its successful implementation would be a turning point for all nations away from the acquisition, possession, or modernization of nuclear weapons and toward their abolition worldwide. For so many nations with different interests and perspectives to back the JCPOA following protracted negotiations was a great sign of hope. It strengthened the commitment of the international community to dialogue and negotiation rather than military force as a means of resolving conflict and gave us a new, nonviolent stage on which to engage the great global challenges of these times.

The rejection of the JCPOA by the President of the United States is a tragedy of monumental proportions, most immediately for the people of Iran, who will endure the horrendous consequences of sanctions. We are deeply concerned that this action will create even more tension in the Middle East and undermine delicate negotiations with North Korea by sending a signal that whatever agreement you reach with the United States will not be honored. Sustainable peace and security can only be achieved through the cultivation of shared norms and institutions. This United States government’s increasingly capricious attitude to international agreements undermines the vision of a rules-based international order.

We strongly support efforts of the remaining signatories--Iran, China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the EU--to honor and implement the Iran nuclear deal. We urge U.S. members of Congress to use their powers and influence to return the U.S. to the multilateral agreement.

As a worldwide community of faith, with Pope Francis, we reject “the narrative of fear . . . and the rhetoric of hatred.” We will seek to shore up in every way possible the commitment of the international community to dialogue and negotiation and remain hopeful that a just, sustained peace on the Korean peninsula and the Middle East is possible.

Further, we urge the nations of the world to sign and ratify the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). We are convinced that the only way to prevent nuclear proliferation is to reject the illusory status and unjust power imparted by the possession of nuclear weapons, building an even stronger norm against them by bringing the new nuclear ban treaty into force expeditiously.                                                                                                                                                  
May 2018

 

CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION OF MILITARY FORCE

President Trump launched missile strikes against Syria, but he did so without authorization from Congress. There is a strong effort now to change this before it's too late.

Our U.S. Constitution gives Congress--not the President--the authority to declare war. That means the President must come to Congress when deploying U.S. troops to new countries across the globe or making a decision on whether to strike another nation. We must act now so that President Trump does not act again without proper authority from Congress.

Please contact your elected officials in Congress and urge them to tell President Trump that he needs to come to them before committing American soldiers to fight more wars or to strike another nation.

Thank you for your action.

 

MOON JAE-IN--AMERICANS WANT PEACE TOO

The idea of a nuclear war with North Korea seems to have calmed down now, at least for a while. Perhaps, Charlottesville had something to do with that!

In any case, now is our chance to tell the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, that Americans want peace with North Korea. Trump has pressured Moon to allow more missile and radar weaponry into the country and more war games in the skies near the border of North Korea. Moon, however, has said he does not want war.

SISTERS ONLINE agrees with Moon and we must tell him so. Will you tell him you agree with his NO war policy. Tell him that people in the U.S. and the rest of the world agree. War must be avoided, diplomacy pursued, and peace allowed to prevail.

Stand in solidarity with President Moon of South Korea and sign on to the following. Go to:

https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13026

Please pass this action on to friends, family, etc. Now is our chance to take action for peace in the Koreas.



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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).