Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2007: National Call in Day November 5th

Senate Bill 594: Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2007. Sponsor: Feinstein (D-CA). Co-sponsors: Bingaman (D-NM), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (D-OH), Cantwell (D-WA), Feingold (D-WI), Harkin (D-IA), Kennedy (D-MA), Leahy (D-VT), Mikulski (D-MD), Sanders (I-VT), Whitehouse (D-RI).

House Bill 1755: Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2007. Sponsor: McGovern (D-MA). Co-sponsors: Baldwin (D-WI), Clay (D-MO), Davis (R-VA), Ellison (D-MN), Frank (D-MA), Grijalva (D-AZ), Hirono (D-HI), Issa (R-CA), Kucinich (D-OH), Lofgren (D-CA), McCollum (D-MN), Moran (D-VA), Watson (D-CA), Woolsey (D-CA)

Ask: Ask your members of Congress to cosponsor and support these bills limiting the use of cluster bombs.

Talking Points:

* Cluster bombs kill and maim civilian populations and continue to do so after fighting stops.

* Around the world, thousands of civilians, many of them children, have been killed and maimed because of these indiscriminate weapons.

* Congress should take every effort to limit the use and sale of these American-made weapons.

* Cluster bombs are bombs that when dropped contain a few smaller bombs that shoot in various directions.

* These bombs are commonly dropped without initially exploding, therefore being left like a land mine for anyone to stumble upon, especially children.

* While cluster bombs are designed differently than land mines, experience demonstrates that their effects are nearly identical. Cluster bombs should be included in the ban against land mines.

* During last summer’s conflict in Lebanon between Hezbollah and the Israeli army, the Israelis dropped more than 130,000 cluster bombs containing 1.2 million cluster bomblets in 498 locations in villages throughout southern Lebanon.

* The majority of the unexploded ordinances were dropped during the last 72 hours of the conflict before an impending cease fire deadline. Israel could not have committed what some leading international human rights groups label as potential war crimes without U.S. military, economic, and diplomatic support for its actions.

* Future U.S. military aid, economic aid, and loan guarantees to Israel should be contingent upon Israel’s cooperation with the United Nations in turning over maps and/or coordinates of cluster bombs dropped during last summer’s conflict, as well as information on land mines buried in Lebanon during Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon from 1978-2000.

* In the 1991 Gulf War, U.S. forces found their mobility impeded and suffered casualties when operating in areas contaminated by their own sub-munition duds. At least 80 U.S. casualties during the war were attributed to U.S. sub-munition duds.

* According to Handicap International, 98% of 11,044 recorded cluster munitions casualties that are registered are civilians.

Please take a few moments to call your representatives and ask them to sign this important piece of legislation:

Representative Mike Simpson +1.208.334.1953

Senator Larry Craig +1.208.342.7985

Senator Mike Crapo +1.208.334.1776

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