Tell your Senator to Give Cluster Bombs the Boot!

Tell your Senator to Give Cluster Bombs the Boot!
Join the National Call-in Day on Monday, March 30th
 Toll-Free Number: 1-800-590-6313
Join the United Nations Association of the USA’s Adopt-A-Minefield Campaign, chair of the United States Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs (USCBL), to help ban cluster munitions. Two weeks ago Congress and the president permanently outlawed exports of nearly all U.S. cluster munitions because these weapons end up harming more civilians than soldiers. Now, the USCBL is organizing a national call-in day to help Congress take the next step: making sure the U.S. military never again uses its vast arsenal of nearly 700 million cluster submunitions.
Legislation was recently introduced that would effectively block the use of cluster munitions by the United States. Building strong co-sponsorship of this important legislation (S. 416/H.R. 981) will show President Obama that there is widespread support for the United States to join more than half the world’s nations in signing the treaty banning these weapons.
April 4th has been marked by the United Nations as the International Day for Landmine Awareness, so what better time than now to show your support and help save a life or limb by making a free phone call on Monday, March 30.
Together, we can generate hundreds of calls to senators who have not yet cosponsored the legislation. It’s as simple as 1,2,3…
Click here to learn more about cluster bombs and the work of the Adopt-A-Minefield Campaign.
1. Before the 30th
Before March 30, tell five friends about the call-in day, forward this alert to your activists and e-mail lists, and/or post something about the call-in day on your website.
2. Whom to Call
Are you from California, Maine, Maryland, Oregon, Washington or Vermont? Both of your senators are already on board! You can still call your representative and urge him or her to cosponsor the companion bill in the House, H.R. 981. Find out who your representatives are.
Are you from Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, West Virginia or Wisconsin? One of your senators is already co-sponsoring, so you need only call one! These senators still need calls: Chuck Grassley (IA), John Kerry (MA), Carl Levin (MI), Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Tom Udall (NM), Arlen Specter (PA), George Voinovich (OH), Jack Reed (RI), John Thune (SD), John Rockefeller (WV), Herb Kohl (WI).
Do you live in any other state? You should call both of your senators and ask them to cosponsor the bill! Find out who your senators are.
3. How to Make the Calls
Call 1-800-590-6313. This number will redirect you to the Capitol Switchboard for free. Ask for your senator by name. Check the list above to see which of your senators already support the bill.
Once you are directed to the office, identify yourself as a constituent, and ask to speak to the legislative assistant who deals with foreign or military policy issues.
Follow the script below, if you’d like.
After you call one senator’s office, call the switchboard again and ask for your other senator (unless your other senator is already a cosponsor).
Note: if the receptionist tells you that the person is not available, you can either give the below information to the receptionist, or ask for the legislative aide’s answering machine and leave your message there.
Script for your call (feel free to improve and add additional information!)
My name is [NAME], and I live in [CITY, STATE]. Thanks for taking my call.
I am calling to encourage Senator [SENATOR’S NAME] to cosponsor S. 416, the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act.
Senator [NAME]’s co-sponsorship of this bill will help align U.S. policy with that of our closest NATO allies and ensure that we no longer use weapons that are known to have a record of killing more civilians than soldiers.
Will co-sponsorship of this bill be possible?
(Give your phone number if you would like a call back.)
Thank you.
United Nations Association of the United States of America
Adopt-A-Minefield Campaign
801 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Email: | Tel: 212 907-1300 | Fax: 212 682-9185
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