This week, we, Unitarian Universalist Advocacy and Witness are joining up with our coalition partners at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) to prevent the United States from entering into war with Iran.

H. Con. R. 362, which would create an American-led blockade of all ground, sea, and air transport into and out of Iran, currently has 219 supporters in Congress. In addition to upholding economic sanctions, this bill would create a military presence on the borders of Iran.

This hostile policing of Iran would be tantamount to a declaration of war.

H. Con. R. 362 is a dangerous step toward another short-sighted and costly war in the Middle East. Please urge your Representative to not support this resolution.

Today is a national call-in date to tell Congress we do not want war in Iran.

Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 or click here to look up the direct numbers for your representative’s DC and local offices.

If you need it, feel free to use the following script:

“Hi, my name is ____________ and I am a resident of Congressperson ___________’s district. I am calling today urge you to oppose H.Con.R. 362. This blockade of travel into and out of Iran is being advertised as an alternative to war. However, it would require the use of our already shorthanded military to enforce the borders. Many would see this as a move toward invasion or war.

I urge you to instead support diplomacy with Iran by amending the resolution to replace the blockade with multinational diplomatic talks.

Thank you.”

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