global day of action against cluster bombs today!

Call your Senators on November 5, the Global Day of Action on Cluster Bombs

Ad running in the Washington Post, 5 Nov (PDF)

When countries gather in early December to continue negotiating a global cluster bomb ban treaty, the U.S. will be conspicuously absent. The U.S. should not isolate itself on yet another issue of global concern. Congress needs to pass the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act (S. 594) next year to bring the U.S. into line with the emerging global consensus against the use of a weapon which overwhelmingly kills civilians. Call your senators on November 5 and ask them to support this bill.

Who Should You Call?

* Do you live in California or Vermont? Both your senators are already supporting this bill, so you don’t need to call them today. But you can write to your representative and urge her or him to cosponsor the companion bill in the House.
* Do you live in Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Washington, or Wisconsin? One of your senators has already cosponsored, so please call your other senator!. Senators that need calls arel Charles Grassley (IA), Ben Cardin (MD), John Kerry (MA), Pete Domenici (NM), George Voinovich (OH), Jack Reed (RI), Patty Murray (WA), or Herb Kohl (WI).
* Do you live in any other state? You should call both of your senators and ask them to cosponsor the bill!

How to Make Your Calls

* Call your senators using FCNL’s special toll free number: (800) 352-1897
* This number connects you to the Capitol Switchboardand. You will need to ask for your senator by name. Find out who your senators are.
* Once you are directed to the office, ask to speak to the legislative assistant who deals with military and national security issues.
* After you call one senator’s office, call back and ask for your other senator.

Script for your Call

Please feel free to improvise and add additional information.

* My name is [NAME], and I live in [CITY, STATE].Thanks for taking my call.
* I’m calling to encourage Senator [SENATOR’S NAME] to cosponsor S. 594, the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act. Will that be possible?
* Thank you.

The administration’s position is that the military benefits outweigh the civilian costs. We disagree.

Day of Action Cosponsors

Adopt A Minefield, American Friends Service Committee, UNA-USA, American Task Force for Lebanon, Amnesty International USA, Just Foreign Policy, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Maine Campaign to Ban Cluster Bombs, Massachusetts Peace Action, Mennonite Central Committee (Washington Office), Oregon Peace Works, Peace Action New York, Peace Action West, United for Peace and Justice, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Veterans for Peace, WAND

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One thought on “global day of action against cluster bombs today!

  1. Cluster bombs are great in theaters of war. I see that you are concerned about civilian harm and that is noble.

    They are dangerous, yes, but so are all bombs. There is nothing novel about cluster bombs. They do what all bombs do: explode.

    Here is what Maj. Don Shepperd had to say about cluster bombs: “And these are area weapons that you drop in an area where you don’t know the exact coordinates or exact location, such as troops spread over a large area or vehicles strung out along roads, and this type of thing. If you don’t know exactly where they are, you can drop these cluster bombs. Some of them and the sub-munitions are actually smart. In the weapons such as JSOW, they can go against signatures and IR, infrared, signatures of vehicles.”

    I don’t think you are aware of the dynamics of war.

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