Thursday, March 01, 2007

Opportunities for Action

The following resources provide action and education opportunities on US-Iran-related matters.
After Downing Street has a “Don’t Attack Iran” petition, with more than 100,000 signatures to date. Visit:

The Arms Control Association contains a comprehensive and chronological series of articles on Iran’s nuclear dispute:

The British American Security Information Council (BASIC) is publishing a series of Discussion Papers on Iran’s nuclear program and its international legal and geopolitical context. The first paper, "General, you have the advantage of time: Iran's Response to the US Military Option", by Sam Gardiner, is available at: We also publish with Crisis Action, Iran Update, a free weekly email news and comment digest on the diplomatic movements over Iran's nuclear program. Read current and back issues at:

The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) website contains articles and resources promoting US-Iran dialogue at:

Cato Institute scholars are speaking in about a dozen cities over the next few months, specifically discussing policy options vis-à-vis Iran. If your organization has grassroots in the cities where the speaking tour will be, please encourage them to organize events in local venues or help coordinate local media. To read Cato’s analyses and recommendations for US policy towards Iran, visit: For more information on helping to organize the speaking tour, please contact: Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, or (202) 218-4630.

The Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation’s website contains information on the devastating impact of a nuclear strike on Iran:

The Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation has an outreach program over the next 18 months featuring former senior military officers who are participating in a speaking tour in ten cities across the United States to engage the American public and opinion leaders in dialogue on national security issues, including effective measures to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons as well as policy options related to the nuclear aspirations of Iran. For further information and to find out whether the retired military officers can speak to your community, please contact Leonor Tomero at or (202) 546-0795 ext 119.

The Council for a Livable World provides a “Letter to the Editor” action resource and various resources on the Iran nuclear issue at its website:
CLW also has a comprehensive list of legislative initiatives on Iran at:

Enough Fear is an international effort to prevent war between the US and Iran and the campaign is collecting photos of Americans and Iranians on its website to demonstrate solidarity in this cause.

Faithful Security, an interfaith group, also drafted a petition calling for direct talks between the US and Iran and it can be viewed at:

Friends Committee on National Legislation is doing a speaking tour, featuring Joe Volk, FCNL Executive Director, who recently returned from Iran on a religious delegation. For more information or find out if Joe is available to speak in your community, please contact Jim Cason at

The Hip Hop Caucus is doing a “Make Hip Hop, Not War” tour this spring. If your organization has grassroots in the cities where the speaking tour will be, please encourage them to organize events in local venues or help coordinate local media. For more information on speaking tour dates, contact Liz Havstad at

Iran Nuclear Watch is a blog maintained by Carah Ong at:

Just Foreign Policy has an action page where you can write to your Representatives in support of the Jones and DeFazio resolutions against attacking Iran:
It also keeps a tally of which Representatives have signed on: .
It has a searchable archive of articles in the press about Iran:

Ray McGovern is available to speak to your organization or community on intelligence-related aspects of the US-Iran situation. For more information, contact Ray at: (703) 994- 1459 or by email at: has a “Stop Bush from Escalating into Iran” petition. Visit:

National Iranian American Council’s (NIAC) LegWatch program provides weekly news updates on Capitol Hill activity concerning Iran: and offers issue briefs and memos through their US-Iran Media Resource Project

Peace Action’s “No War with Iran" petition drive has gathered more than 50,000 signatures to date. For more information on this petition or to become a signatory, visit:

Peace Action’s Organizing, Political and PAC Director, Paul Kawika Martin, was part of a Fellowship of Reconciliation delegation to Iran in late February 2007. To find out whether Paul can speak to your organization or community, please contact him at: or (301) 565-4050 x 316.

Physicians for Social Responsibility is leading an ad campaign, with efforts from other organizations, based on a phrase developed by Jim Walsh, “If you like war in Iraq, then you’ll love war with Iran.” The ad can now be used by local groups across the country to run in their papers. For more information, contact Ira Shorr at PSR at

The Project on Defense Alternatives has a new web page with critical perspectives on the current crisis, its origins, and implications. For more information, please visit:, set up by Wesley Clark and, houses a petition urging President Bush to enter into dialogue with Iran. The site also provides a “Write a Letter to the Editor” resource to send letters to your local newspaper. For more information, visit:

United for Peace and Justice offers a “No War on Iran” campaign site at:

Win Without War, Fourth Freedom Forum and Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation sponsored a statement from former military leaders and top ex-security advisors urging President Bush to engage in unconditional talks with Iran:

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