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What can YOU do to help END U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen?
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Yemeni-Americans have been at the forefront trying to push policies to end the brutal war on their family’s homeland-#Yemen. We urge lawmakers to take back their power and put an end to U.S. support of the Saudi-led coalition and an end to arms sales to the Kingdom #YemenCantWait
It’s a war that has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world — and one that the United States has backed from the beginning. Take action now to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in #Yemen. Urge your Reps to support laws that would withdraw US support. #YemenCantWait:
Feb 2020: 19 children among dead after Saudi-led airstrikes attacked al-Jowf in Northern Yemen. Civilians continue to be the highest number of casualties in this unconstitutional war. Bombs that hit Yemeni people are made in the U.S.A. We Must #StopArmingSaudi #YemenCantWait
Over 100K #Yemenis have been killed since the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the U.S. intervened in 2015.Bombs that kill Yemeni people are made in the USA.We are actively involved in this war, & have been since Obama.W/Trump, our alliances w/KSA have only deepened #StopArmingSaudi
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A couple things to keep in mind:
PHONE SCRIPT: (202-224-3121)
“My name is ____, and I am one of your constituents. I am calling to express my discontent with the situation in Yemen. I am calling on Congressman/Senator ______ to support legislative action that will direct Trump to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led hostilities in Yemen and to ban arm sales to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.”
Pick from talking points below:
“Yemen is the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis”,
The Saudi-Led, U.S.-backed War on #Yemen
Context: War in Yemen
The Yemen Crisis, considered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, is seeded in the Arab Spring of 2011, during which a popular uprising forced long-time incumbent president Ali Abdullah Saleh out of office. Though an internal transfer of power was arranged to his Vice-President, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, the political transition caused mass unrest. During this period, the Houthi movement strengthened, seizing control of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. As Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and their coalition members began striking Houthi forces to restore Hadi’s government, the conflict drastically escalated.
Since 2015, the U.S. has provided significant support to this campaign through intelligence-sharing, logistical support, and selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. The coalition has dropped tens of thousands of U.S. made bombs on Yemen. It is estimated that over 1/3 of airstrikes have hit civilian targets, including markets, schools, weddings, hospitals, and economic/agricultural infrastructure, and that the Saudi/UAE-led coalition is responsible for 2/3 of all civilian deaths. The UN estimates that 80% of the population is in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, and that the conflict has directly and indirectly caused the deaths of 233,000 Yemenis at the end of 2020.
The U.S. must cut off military support and arm sales to the coalition ASAP! It is not only a moral imperative, but it is also a legal obligation to end the support of war crimes-the coalition has been condemned by international agencies for violating international human rights laws. Lawmakers never authorized this war, yet the US continues to be involved and has been for over five years. This must STOP!
YAC and Yemeni-Americans have been at the forefront trying to push policies to end the brutal war on our family’s homeland, the poorest nation in the Arab world. Standing up for the voiceless in Yemen inspires everyday Americans to follow our lead. Now its time for our lawmakers to be the voice of the American public - we urge our Representatives and Senators to take back their power and withdraw U.S. support to the Saudi-led coalition aerial bombing campaign on Yemen. Without the support and backing of the United States military and continued arm sales to the coalition and its aggression towards Yemen - they could not continue attacking Yemen without us. We have been complicit for over FIVE years, we must end endless wars. Yemen Cant Wait.
Other Tools and Resources:
Statista: Data on air raids in Yemen
Yemen Data Project: Data on the conduct of the war in Yemen
ACLED: Armed Conflict Location & Event Data
ReliefWeb: Powered by OCHA
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