American-Arab

Anti-Discrimination Committee Action Alert

SAY NO! TO U.S. THREATS AGAINST IRAQ
SAY NO! TO SANCTIONS ON THE IRAQI PEOPLE

Background/Talking Points

The U.S. government is intensifying its threats to bomb Iraq. An attack may be imminent. Peace and civil rights groups are joining hands in expressing opposition to a U.S. attack. As time is running out, your support is crucial!

Make your voice heard!

1. Call/Write:

Encourage members of Congress who are urging a diplomatic settlement. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D- GA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) have been particularly vocal against bombing Iraq. Representatives Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), John Conyers (D-MI), Lee Hamilton (D-IN), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), Lynn Rivers (D-MI); Senators Paul Wellstone (D-MN), J. Robert Kerrey (D-NE) are among the lawmakers who have indicated in various ways that they are opposed to bombing.

Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Max Cleland (D-GA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are undecided. Calls urging them to promote a peaceful solution to the crisis could help sway them in favor of diplomacy.

2. Contact your local media with your concerns. Respond promptly to articles with your perspective and the relevant facts. Also call into radio and TV talk shows. C-Span; CNN's Larry King; CNN Late Edition; CBS' Tom Snyder take calls from viewers. You should be brief, polite and concise.

ABC News
212-456-7777
CBS News
212-975-4321
NBC News
212-664-4444
CNN
404-827-1500
Associated Press
212-621-1600
PBS
703-739-5000
NPR
202-414-2000
LA Times
213-237-5000
New York Times
212-556-1234
Washington Post
202-334-6000
USA Today
703-276-3400
Wall Street Journal
212-416-2000
Newsweek
212-445-4000
Time
212-522-1212
U.S. News & World Report
202-955-2000

3. Document any biased coverage in local and national media and forward copies to ADC. Try to have audio and video tapes ready. If you can't, then write things down word for word.

4. Join the ADC Task Force on Iraq. Demonstrations, petition drives and teach-ins are being organized around the country. To participate in this effort, contact ADC Organizing Director Omar Kamhieh at (202) 244-2990; e-mail: okamhieh@adc.org

5. Report hate crimes, harassment or discrimination to ADC immediately. Forward any hate mail or e-mail. Previous experience has shown that anti-Arab sentiment tends to rise in times of crisis.

6. Distribute to lo cal teachers and school district officials a 2-page overview of Iraqi history and culture prepared by ADC. It is designed as a guide to classroom discussion about the current crisis and to diffuse anti-Arab sentiments or stereotypes. To request a copy, contact Director of Education & Outreach Marvin Wingfield at (202) 244-2990; e-mail: marvinw@adc.org

7. Forward copies of your correspondence to ADC and call ADC for updates or further information.

For further information, please contact ADC at gkhouri@adc.org

American-Arab

Anti-Discrimination Committee

 

4201 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 300

Washington, D.C. 20008, U.S.A.

Tel: (202) 244-2990, Fax: (202) 244-3196

Email adc@adc.org

Web : http://www.adc.org