Ask your mayor to cosponsor a resolution opposing military intervention in Iran!
While George Bush has been touring through Europe, beating the drums for war with Iran, CODEPINK has been creating -- city by city -- a groundswell of support for peace. Thanks to our initiative, dozens of mayors across the country have signed on to a critical and timely resolution urging the Bush Administration to pursue diplomatic engagement with Iran. The resolution (see below) also asks Congress to prohibit the use of funds to carry out military action against Iran without explicit Congressional authorization. We are delighted to report that 40 mayors have cosponsored the resolution so far.
Is your mayor on the list?
Names of Mayors who have cosponsored the resolution:
- Bob Kiss, Burlington, VT
- Ron Dellums, Oakland, CA
- Bill Baarsma, Tacoma, WA
- Mary Clare Higgins, Northhampton, MA
- Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach, FL
- Marty Blum, Santa Barbara, CA
- Dan Coody, Fayetteville, AR
- Kevin Foy, Chapel Hill, NC
- Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond, CA
- Kitty Piercy, Eugene, OR
- Elaine Walker, Bowling Green, KY
- Jeff Prang, West Hollywood, CA
- Rhine McLin, Dayton, OH
- Jennifer Hosterman, Pleasanton, CA
- Laurel Lunt Prussing, Urbana, IL
- Anthony B Santos, San Leandro, CA
- J. Christian Bollwage, Elizabeth, NJ
- Scott J. Brook, Coral Springs, FL
- Bruce R. Williams, Takoma Park, MD
- William D. ‘Bill' Euille, Alexandria, VA
- John Heiftje, Ann Arbor, MI
- Craig Litwin, Sebastopol, CA
- Dan Pike, Bellingham, WA
- R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN
- Dave Norris, Charlottesville, VA
- James M. Baker, Wilmington, DE
- Carolyn K. Peterson, Ithaca, NY
- Craig Covey, Ferndale, MI
- E. Denise Simmons, Cambridge, MA
- N. Dale Thompson, Condon, OR
- Sue Greenwald, Davis, CA
- Tom Potter, Portland, OR
- David Coss, Santa Fe, NM
- Lois Frankel, West Palm Beach, FL
- Matthew T. Ryan, Binghamton, NY
- Bruce Botelho, Juneau, AK
- Thomas Dias, Town Supervisor, Ancram, NY
- Don Ness, Duluth, MN
- Jean M. de Smet, First Selectwoman, Williamtic, CT
- Andrew Adil, Wethersfield, CT
- Frank Cownie, Des Moines, IA
- Shaena Peterson, Bay City, OR
- David J. Cieslewicz, Madison, WI
Pat Cluff, Springdale, UT
If so, please thank him/her. If not, please ask your Mayor to sign on to the resolution.
Ask your mayor to send notice of his/her support to Nancy Mancias at
Global Exchange (email@example.com or 415-575-5543).
Click here to find your mayor's name, telephone and email.
Sample Letter For Your Use:
Dear Mayor X,
An impressive group of mayors from around the country have sponsored a National Mayors' Resolution for Diplomacy with Iran urging Congress and the White House to prevent military confrontation. They plan to get 100 mayors on board, and then send a delegation to Washington DC in September to deliver the resolution.
I am writing to urge you to add your name to the growing list of co-sponsors. A military conflict between the U.S. and Iran would have staggering consequences on the well-being of our local communities—depriving cities of much-needed financial resources, placing tremendous burdens on military families, deploying first responders needed in case of emergencies. While we are still suffering from the tragic consequences of the war in Iraq, we must do everything in our power to stop another war.
I urge you to sign onto this important resolution and register your support for diplomacy to prevent war with Iran. Please send notice of your support to Nancy Mancias at Global Exchange (firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-575-5543).
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Full text of the Resolution:
National Mayors' Resolution for Diplomacy with Iran
1. WHEREAS, the President and members of his Administration have alleged that Iran poses an imminent threat to the United States, U.S. troops in the Middle East and U.S. allies; and
2. WHEREAS, these allegations are similar to the lead-up to the Iraq War and U.S. occupation, with the selective use of information and unsubstantiated accusations about Iran's nuclear program and its supply of weapons to Iraqi forces as centerpieces of a case to the American people for aggression against Iran; and
3. WHEREAS, Iran has not threatened to attack the United States, and no compelling evidence has been presented to document that Iran poses a real and imminent threat to the security and safety of the United States that would justify an unprovoked unilateral pre-emptive military attack; and
4. WHEREAS, we support the people of Iran who are struggling for freedom and democracy, and nothing herein should be misconstrued as support for the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but it should be understood that a unilateral, pre-emptive U.S. military attack on Iran could well prove counterproductive to the cause of promoting freedom and democracy there; and
5. WHEREAS, a 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), representing the consensus view all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, concluded that Iran froze its nuclear weapons program in 2003, and an earlier NIE concluded that Iran's involvement in Iraq “is not likely to be a major driver of violence” there; and
6. WHEREAS, an attack on Iran is likely to cause untold thousands of American and Iranian casualties, lead to major economic dislocations, and threaten even greater destabilization in the Middle East; and
7. WHEREAS, a pre-emptive U.S. military attack on Iran would violate international law and our commitments under the U.N. Charter and further isolate the U.S. from the rest of the world; and
8. WHEREAS, an attack on Iran is likely to inflame hatred for the U.S. in the Middle East and elsewhere, inspire terrorism, and lessen the security of Americans; and
9. WHEREAS, the Iraq war and occupation has already cost the lives of over 4,000 American soldiers, the maiming and wounding of over 38,000 American soldiers, the death and maiming of over one million Iraqi civilians; and
10. WHEREAS, the Iraq War and occupation has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $500 billion, depriving our cities of much-need funds for services and infrastructure; and
11. WHEREAS, except at our peril, we cannot ignore the history of U.S. government misinformation used to inspire U.S. aggression in Vietnam and again in Iraq, as embodied in the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and more recently in the what we know now as false claims of weapons of mass destruction; and
12. WHEREAS, any conflict with Iran is likely to incur far greater costs and divert more precious national resources away from critical human needs,
13. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the undersigned mayors, hereby urge the Bush Administration to pursue diplomatic engagement with Iran on nuclear issues and ending the violence in Iraq; and
14. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we, the undersigned mayors, urge Congress to prohibit the use of funds to carry out any military action against Iran without explicit Congressional authorization; and
15. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that suitable copies of the resolution be forwarded to President George W. Bush and all members of Congress.
Peace can begin in your home town!