Local Activists to Prepare to Rally for War in Yemen

(Newton) March 1 – Local peace activists and humanitarians are gathering for March 1st rallies to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen.

WHEN: March 1, 2023 12PM

WHERE: Rep. Jake Auchincloss‘ office, 29 Crafts Street, Newton,

Rep. Stephen Lynch‘s office, 1245 Hancock Street, Quincy

Our Message: 

Since March 2015, the Saudi/UAE-led bombing and blockade of Yemen have killed tens of thousands of people and wreaked havoc on the country. 17 million people in Yemen are food insecure and 500,000 children are on the verge of starving to death.

This humanitarian crisis has worsened since President Biden took office. Despite his February 2021 commitment to end participation in Saudi offensive operations in Yemen, the U.S. continues to enable the Saudis by servicing their fighter jets and providing military and diplomatic support for the Saudi/UAE-led coalition. Congress can end this war, and we are rallying to demand they do the following:

? Pass a War Powers Resolution. Introduce or co-sponsor a Yemen War Powers Resolution before International Women’s Day on March 8th, to end U.S. participation in the war in Yemen. The war has exacerbated gender inequality in Yemen. Congress should reassert its constitutional authority to declare war and end executive branch overreach in embroiling our country in disastrous military campaigns.

? Stop Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Oppose further arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in compliance with U.S. laws, including Section 502B of the Foreign Assistance Act, prohibiting arms transfers to governments responsible for gross violations of human rights.

? Call on Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Lift the Blockade and Fully Open Airports and Seaports. Call on President Biden to insist he use his leverage with Saudi Arabia to press for the unconditional and immediate lifting of the devastating blockade.

? Support the People of Yemen. Call for the expansion of humanitarian aid for the people of Yemen.

? Assemble a Congressional Hearing to Examine the U.S. Role in the War in Yemen. Despite nearly eight years of active participation of the U.S. in this war, the U.S. Congress has never held a hearing to examine exactly what the U.S. role has been,  accountability for U.S. military and civilian officials for their role in violations of the laws of war, and U.S.  responsibility to contribute to reparations and reconstruction for the war in Yemen.