Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) represents one of the largest groups of Iranian Americans in the country, with his district encompassing western Los Angeles. So it was shocking to see his tweet today arguing for politicizing global vaccine distribution, and putting Iranians at the back of the line. Nationality is not a determination for whether or not you are worthy of a vaccine. And suggesting otherwise, as Rep. Lieu did today, only serves to dehumanize Iranians and reinforce the pressure policies that have hurt so many of our friends and family. Many of Rep. Lieu’s own constituents are worried about their loved ones in Iran, who are struggling amid COVID-19, crushing sanctions, and government ineptitude. No government— be it the U.S., Iran, or anyone else—should stand in the way of Iranians securing a vaccine.
Call Rep. Lieu: Iranians deserve vaccines just like everyone else
Call Rep. Lieu to retract this dangerous statement and instead work to ensure that humanitarian goods and vaccines can flow to everyone, including the Iranian people.
Step 1: Pick a time before 5 PM ET to call.
Step 2: Dial 202-225-3976 to connect with Ted Lieu’s DC office.
Step 3: When you connect with the office, whether it’s with a person or the voicemail, make sure to say your name and that you are a constituent of Ted Lieu’s. Here’s a sample script:
“My name is [your name] I am a constituent from [your town] calling to demand Rep. Ted Lieu to apologize for his tweet politicizing the pandemic by urging that the White House pick and choose which nations are worthy of near-term help on vaccines, specifically singling out Iranians as unworthy of assistance. Rep. Lieu represents one of the largest populations of Iranian Americans in the country, many of whom have family and friends who don’t have access to the vaccines many of us take for granted. Can I count on Rep. Lieu to retract his tweets and apologize and instead work to ensure that vaccines flow to everyone, including the Iranian people?
Step 4: Text 5 of your friends or family members to ask them to make a call as well! The more calls we can generate, the more likely we are to win.