Since March 2015, the U.S. has supported an Arab military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a civil war in Yemen. The war, that pits an armed Yemeni rebel group called the Houthis against the Yemeni government (supported by the Saudis), has resulted in massive civilian casualties, and the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. The United Nations says U.S.-supported airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition are the leading cause of civilian casualties. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have documented coalition airstrikes that have repeatedly targeted schools, hospitals, weddings, public markets, water and sanitation systems, and other vital civilian infrastructure – all probable war crimes carried out with U.S. support.
The coalition’s destruction of infrastructure has created the conditions necessary for a crisis even larger than Syria. The coalition has used starvation as a weapon of war by blockading and interfering with the delivery of vital humanitarian and commercial assistance, which the majority of Yemeni civilians depend on for survival. Thanks to the war, more than 8 MILLION people are now on the brink of starvation and Yemen is home to the largest and fastest growing cholera crisis ever documented. Every 10 minutes, a Yemeni child under 5 dies from starvation or disease. It’s time to end America’s role in this suffering.
The United States’ Role in Yemen’s Civil War
Congress has never authorized America’s involvement in this war in Yemen, yet for almost three years the United States has provided midair refueling to coalition jets, shared intelligence for targeting assistance, and sold U.S. bombs to the coalition.
This war was never authorized by Congress. That’s why Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a resolution, which would end U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. It invokes the War Powers Resolution of 1973 that was passed in the wake of Vietnam to empower Congress as the sole body that can declare war. (From MoveOn and Win Without War)
Call our Senators and say something like:
We should not be funding Saudi and UAE war crimes in Yemen. Please support the Sanders-Lee Resolution SJ54 against continuing this war.
Senator Feinstein: email,
DC (202) 224-3841,
LA (310) 914-7300,
SF (415) 393-0707,
SD (619) 231-9712,
Fresno (559) 485-7430
Senator Harris: email,
DC (202) 224-3553,
LA (213) 894-5000,
SAC (916) 448-2787,
Fresno (559) 497-5109,
SF (415) 355-9041,
SD (619) 239-3884