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No mother should lose her child to cluster bombs

We have been working throughout 2007 and 2008 to raise awareness about the problems caused by cluster bombs—indiscriminate weapons that rain down “bomblets” that often don’t explode and turn into de facto landmines.  From our colleagues at Friends Committee on National Legislation and US Campaign to Ban Landmines:

No mother should lose her child to a cluster bomblet.  Unfortunately, children are drawn to unexploded cluster submunitions thinking that they are toys. Children have accounted for almost half of the world’s cluster bomb casualties.

More than 100 governments, including all major NATO allies, will gather in Dublin, Ireland to negotiate a global treaty banning cluster bombs on May 19th.

The U.S. government won’t be there, and it is actively working to undermine the treaty.

We need you to help send a message to the rest of the world that millions of Americans stand with the goal of preventing harm to children and others from cluster bombs.

To do so, all you need to do is make one or two phone calls on Monday, May 12th to help generate cosponsors for the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act (S.594/H.R.1755). With your help, we hope that one-quarter of the Senate will have cosponsored the bill by the time negotiations begin. To do so, we need to generate six new cosponsors in the next two weeks—a difficult, but possible, task.

Click here to see if your senators and representative are already cosponsoring the bill.  If they’re not, call the congressional switchboard at 1-800-614-2803 on Monday and urge them to cosponsor.