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Send CAIR’s Update Action Alert Message to Congress! CAIR Has Updated The Alert to Urge Support for The Ceasefire Now Resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives

Muslim group updates its 40K+ messages to Congress action alert to endorse the resolution 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/16/23) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed and endorsed the introduction of the Ceasefire Now Resolution, championed by Representatives Cori Bush (MO-01), Rashida Tlaib (MI-12), André Carson (IN-07), Summer Lee (PA-12), Delia C. Ramirez (IL-03), and joined by Representatives Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Jonathan Jackson (IL-01), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Nydia Velázquez (NY-07).  

CLICK HERE: Read The Ceasefire Now Resolution  

SEE: List of All Organizational Endorsements & Supporting Quotes  

TAKE ACTION: Send CAIR’s Update Action Alert Message to Congress! CAIR Has Updated The Alert to Urge Support for The Ceasefire Now Resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives  

READ: Rep. Bush’s Press Release Announcing the Resolution 

This resolution, co-sponsored by a diverse group of dedicated members of Congress, calls on the Biden Administration to urgently seek a de-escalation and ceasefire in Israel and occupied Palestine. It also emphasizes the vital need for sending humanitarian aid to Gaza, with a primary goal of saving innocent lives caught in the crossfire of the ongoing conflict.  

The Ceasefire Now Resolution offers an alternative to a looming bipartisan resolution endorsed by 390 other members of Congress, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and Ranking Member Gregory W. Meeks. That resolution essentially provides an open-ended endorsement for Israel’s ongoing bombing campaign in Gaza, which has resulted in the loss of thousands of Palestinian civilian lives.  

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:  

“The Israeli government is subjecting Palestinians trapped in Gaza to a total blockade and a relentless bombing campaign that has already killed more than two thousand civilians, and over 1,000 children. The United States must change course, demand a ceasefire, and pursue a just and lasting peace before more Palestinian, Israeli or American civilians perish.  

“We thank Representatives Cori Bush, Rashida Tlaib, Andre Carson, and other congressional resolution co-sponsors for their efforts to protect the lives of all civilians and urge all members of the House of Representatives to unite in support of this commonsense resolution.”  

TEXT OF THE CEASEFIRE NOW RESOLUTION   

Calling for an immediate deescalation and cease-fire in Israel and occupied Palestine.   

Whereas all human life is precious, and the targeting of civilians, no matter their faith or ethnicity, is a violation of international humanitarian law;   

Whereas, between October 7 and October 16, 2023, armed violence has claimed the lives of over 2,700 Palestinians and over 1,400 Israelis, including Americans, and wounded thousands more;   

Whereas hundreds of thousands of lives are at imminent risk if a cease-fire is not achieved and humanitarian aid is not delivered without delay; and   

Whereas the Federal Government holds immense diplomatic power to save Israeli and Palestinian lives: Now, therefore, be it   

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—   

  1. urges the Biden administration to immediately call for and facilitate deescalation and a cease-fire to urgently end the current violence; and   
  2. calls upon the Biden administration to promptly send and facilitate the entry of humanitarian assistance into Gaza.  

The Ceasefire Now Resolution is endorsed by 350.org, About Face: Veterans Against the War, Action Center on Race & the Economy, Adalah Justice Project, American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine (AFRP), American Muslims for Palestine, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Americans for Justice in Palestine Action, Arab American Institute, Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Center for Civilians in Conflict, Center for Constitutional Rights, Center for Jewish Nonviolence, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Defense for Children International – Palestine, Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), Dream Defenders, EMGAGE Action, Freedom Forward, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Highlander Research & Education, Hindus for Human Rights, IfNotNow, Institute for Middle Eastern Understanding, Institute for Policy Studies New Internationalism Project, The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development, Jewish Voice for Peace Action, Just Foreign Policy, MADRE, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Movement Law Lab, MPower Change Action Fund, Pax Christi USA, Peace Action, Progressive Jews of St. Louis, Project48, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, ReThinking Foreign Policy, RootsAction.org, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute Justice Team, Transgender Law Center, United Church of Christ, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), US Council for Muslim Organizations, Women Cross DMZ, and Working Families Party.   

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.              

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.             

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com, CAIR Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed, 412-606-3601, cmohamed@cair.com

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