Support Efforts to End War in Yemen

Urge your representative to support the Yemen War Powers Resolution

The United Nations estimates that the Yemen war has killed nearly a half a million people. The war has also caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, leaving twenty million people in dire need. The ELCA continues to advocate for a peaceful resolution of the Yemen conflict, including by calling on the U.S. Congress to use its constitutional power to end U.S. involvement in the conflict

President Biden announced in February 2021 that the United States would end its support of offensive operations to a coalition of countries participating in the war, led by Saudi Arabia. However, the United States continues to provide maintenance and logistical support for warplanes and enforcement of air and sea blockade. To rectify this, a bipartisan group of representatives has recently introduced a Yemen War Powers Resolution (H.J. Res. 87) seeking to end U.S. participation in this Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen. The legislation narrowly focuses on three things:  

  • Ending U.S. intelligence-sharing that enables Saudi-led coalition’s offensive strikes; 

  • Ending U.S. logistical support, including provision of maintenance and spare parts, to coalition members engaged in the war; and 

  • Prohibiting U.S. personnel from being assigned to command, coordinate, participate in the movement of, or accompany Saudi-led coalition forces engaged in hostilities without prior specific statutory authorization by Congress. 

It has been eight years since the war in Yemen began. The current truce between the government and the Houthi rebels provides an opportunity for the warring parties to find a negotiated resolution to the conflict. As Lutherans, we understand that “love of neighbor obligates us to act to prevent wars and to seek alternatives to them, especially in view of modern weapons and their proliferation” (ELCA social statement, For Peace in God’s World, pg.11). The U.S. government can play a constructive role in this conflict, rather than engaging in actions that exacerbate the conflict.  

Customize the letter below with your faith-informed convictions for peace in God’s world.

Posted 6/28/2022

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