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