Freedom Forward has joined over 100 national organizations in releasing a letter urging Congress to end U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war and blockade on Yemen and to support the Yemen truce. The organizations are urging Members of Congress to cosponsor and pass the Yemen War Powers Resolution immediately.

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Dear Members of Congress,

We, the undersigned 104 organizations, welcome news that Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to a two-month nationwide truce, to halt military operations, lift fuel restrictions, and open Sana’a airport to commercial traffic. In an effort to strengthen this truce and further incentivize Saudi Arabia to stay at the negotiating table, we urge you to cosponsor and publicly support Representatives Jayapal, DeFazio, Schiff, Mace, and Senator Sanders War Powers Resolution to end U.S. military participation in the Saudiled coalition’s war on Yemen.

March 26th, 2022, marked the start of the eighth year of the Saudi-led war and blockade on Yemen, which has helped cause the deaths of nearly half a million people and pushed millions more to the edge of starvation. With continued U.S. military support, Saudi Arabia escalated its campaign of collective punishment on the people of Yemen in recent months, making the start of 2022 one of the deadliest time periods of the war. Earlier this year, Saudi airstrikes targeting a migrant detention facility and vital communications infrastructure killed at least 90 civilians, wounded over 200, and triggered a nationwide internet blackout.

While we condemn Houthi violations, after seven years of direct and indirect involvement in the Yemen war, the United States must cease supplying weapons, spare parts, maintenance services, and logistical support to Saudi Arabia to ensure the temporary truce is adhered to and hopefully, extended into a lasting peace agreement.

The truce has had a positive impact on Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, but UN officials warn that millions are still in need of urgent assistance. In Yemen today, roughly 20.7 million people are in need of humanitarian aid for survival, with up to 19 million Yemenis acutely food insecure. A new report indicates that 2.2 million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition over the course of 2022 and could perish without urgent treatment.

The war in Ukraine has only exacerbated the humanitarian conditions in Yemen by making food even more scarce. Yemen imports over 27% of its wheat from Ukraine and 8% from Russia. The UN reported that Yemen could see its famine numbers increase “five-fold” in the second half of 2022 as a result of wheat import shortages.

According to reports from UNFPA and the Yemeni Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, the conflict has had especially devastating consequences for Yemeni women and children. A woman dies every two hours from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and for every woman who dies in childbirth, another 20 suffer preventable injuries, infections, and permanent disabilities.

In February 2021, President Biden announced an end to U.S. participation in the Saudi-led coalition’s offensive operations in Yemen. Yet the United States continues to provide spare parts, maintenance, and logistical support for Saudi warplanes. The administration also never defined what “offensive” and “defensive” support constituted, and it has since approved over a billion dollars in arms sales, including new attack helicopters and air-to-air missiles. This support sends a message of impunity to the Saudi-led coalition for its bombardment and siege of Yemen.

Representatives Jayapal and DeFazio recently announced their plans to introduce and pass a new Yemen War Powers Resolution to end unauthorized U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia’s brutal military campaign. This is more essential than ever to maintain momentum for the fragile two-month truce and to prevent backsliding by blocking U.S. support for any renewed hostilities. The lawmakers wrote, “As a candidate, President Biden pledged to end support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen while many who now serve as senior officials in his administration repeatedly called for shutting down precisely the activities the U.S. is engaged in that enable Saudi Arabia’s brutal offensive. We call on them to follow through on their commitment.”

Congress must reassert its Article I war powers, terminate U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war and blockade, and do everything it can to support the Yemen truce. Our organizations support the recent introduction of the Yemen War Powers Resolution, and urge Members of Congress to cosponsor, push for prompt floor action, and vote yes to adopt this bill in Congress. We call on all members of Congress to say “no” to Saudi Arabia’s war of aggression by fully ending all U.S. support for a conflict that has caused such immense bloodshed and human suffering.

Action Corps
Afghans For a Better Tomorrow
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
American Muslim Bar Association (AMBA)
American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN)
Amie Bishop Consulting
Ban Killer Drones
Benedictines for Peace
Beyond the Bomb
Bridges Faith Initiative
Bring Our Troops Home
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR)
Center for International Policy
Center for Victims of Torture
Center on Conscience and War
Central Valley Islamic Council
Charity & Security Network
Church of the Brethren, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
Common Defense
Community Peacemaker Teams
Concerned Vets for America
Daily Kos
Daughters of Wisdom (US Province)
Defending Rights & Dissent
Defense Priorities Initiative
Demand Progress
Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)
Detention Watch Network
Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Peace and Justice Office
Environmentalists Against War
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Franciscan Action Network
Freedom Forward
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ
Global Zero
Health Alliance International
Historians for Peace and Democracy
Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, USA-JPIC
ICNA Council for Social Justice
If Not Now
Institute for Policy Studies New Internationalism Project
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
Islamophobia Studies Center
Jewish Voice for Peace Action
Just Foreign Policy
Just Futures Law
Justice Is Global
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Medical Mission Sisters
MPower Change
Muslim Justice League
Muslims for Just Futures
National Council of Churches
National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Neighbors for Peace
Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
Our Revolution
Pax Christi USA
Peace Action
Peace Direct
Peace Education Center
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Progressive Democrats of America
Project Break the Cycle
Project South
Public Citizen
Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
R Street Institute
ReThinking Foreign Policy
Secure Justice
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Justice Team
Spin Film
Srs. of St. Joseph of Cluny Province of USA/Canada
Sunrise Movement
The Episcopal Church
The Libertarian Institute
The United Methodist Church — General Board of Church and Society
Union of Arab Women
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
United Church of Christ, Justice and Local Church Ministries
United for Peace and Justice
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR)
Veterans For Peace
Win Without War
Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
World BEYOND War
Yemen Freedom Council
Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
Yemeni Alliance Committee
Yemeni American Merchants Association