On the Iran Deal
Since the beginning of the Bush Administration’s push for war and occupation in the Middle-East, many ideologues have beaten a drum for aggression toward Iran, which has posed no immediate danger to the United States. For over a decade, we have been able to avoid this bloody call, but at every opportunity, hawks have tried to make a case. Most recently, the negotiations that have led to the “Iran deal” have again gotten some politicians and interest groups saber-rattling.
UFPJ is supporting the Iran deal as a success of diplomacy and an alternative to militarism. Our campaign has included public education, advocacy, and political action. We only have a short amount of time to save this deal- if we don’t, there won’t be a second chance. That’s why we are so urgently asking for your help.
Here are a list of resources and actions you can take to help us win with diplomacy:
- Sign our multi-organizational petition to Congress to support the Iran deal.
- Listen to and share the audio from our recent National Conference Call on the Iran Deal with Phyllis Bennis, Tyler Cullis, and Lara Friedman.
- Check out our new resources page about the Iran deal. Our legislative action team has worked to provide a list of articles to help others understand the rest of the process and why urgent action is needed.
- Call or write your Congressional Representatives and Senators letting them know that you strongly support this agreement with Iran and believe that it is in the security interest of the United States and the entire Middle East. For Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121.
- Plan an event at the local office of your Congressional Representative or Senator or find an event near you. They are back home this month. Set up appointments at local offices, deliver letters or petitions, or conduct a vigil with a few friends.
- Be advised that Wednesday August 26 will be a National Day of Action at Congressional offices, sponsored by a coalition of national groups.
Below are some past links and resources that we have gathered on supporting peace with Iran.
A Collection of Articles About the Possibility of War with Iran
- Raising Their Voices: Iranian Civil Society Reflections on the Military Option: If a war were to take place right now, the atmosphere would definitely become more restricted and more limitations would be imposed upon intellectuals, human rights activists, social elites and students. If the West wishes to realize democracy, freedom, and human rights worldwide it should consider options other than war.
- Madness and Disaster: No War with Iran! By Bill Flether
- Iran Primer from U.S. Institute for “Peace” some good information, but must be read with a grain of salt as the perspective comes from a U.S. use of force perspective.
- Panetta says Iran enriching uranium but no decision yet on proceeding with a nuclear weapon – February 16,2012 Associated Press article
- Senators pledge to back Obama if he attacks Iran to halt nuclear program – February 16, 2012 article from The Hill’s Defense Blog
- 32 senators call for ‘no containment’ strategy for Iran – February 16, 2012 article from Foreign Policy Magazine
- Does AIPAC Want War? Lieberman “Capability” Red Line May Tip AIPAC’s Hand– by Robert Naiman, February 22, 2012, Huffington Post
- The US, Israel, and the War on Iran: Don’t Let Them Fool Us Again! – by Rami El-Amine, February 10, 2012, Left Turn Magazine
- We’ve seen the threats against Iran before – by Phyllis Bennis, February 19, 2012, Al Jazeera
- Will AIPAC and Bibi get their war? – by MJ Rosenberg, February 12, 2012, Al Jazeera
- Why Aren’t We Negotiating With Iran? Foreign Policy: Michael M. Walt
- Is Iran the Root of All Evil Glenn Greenwald: Salon
Other Actions From Member Groups
- Peace Action: Petition to Stop War with Iran
- Code Pink: We Need Diplomacy With Iran Not War
- FCNL: FAQ on Iran and Urge your Rep. to support HR 4173, the Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War with Iran Act”
- Fact Sheets: General Information: CIA Fact Book,
- No War With Iran Occupy Sacramento
- Statement for the Record on the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – In this January 31, 2012 testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the most recent Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said, “We continue to assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons in part by developing various nuclear capabilities that better position it to produce such weapons, should it choose to do so. We do not know, however, if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons.”
Iran in the Crosshairs: How to Prevent Washington’s Next War, a Primer by Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies – Though written in 2008, this document is still extremely relevant and provides a lot of good background information on U.S. foreign policy towards Iran, as well as providing facts about Iran’s nuclear capability and the role of Israel.
Network of Iranian Labor Units: NILU is an independent labor organization involved in several unionization drives in Iran. In addition, we are dedicated to providing assistance to Iran’s fledging trade union movement with expertise, resources, information, and international trade union support. This is done through our website
FCNL’s Iran page: To keep up to date with what initiatives in Congress on war with Iran