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US Government Rejects Visas for Iraqi Women: Join CODEPINK in protest!

February 9, 2006

Two Iraqi women, Anwar Kadhim Jawad and Vivian Salim Mati, invited by the US peace group CODEPINK to Washington DC to participate in activities related to International Women's Day on March 8, were denied their visas by the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan.

The women share a tragic story: their husbands and children were killed by US soldiers in Iraq. The grieving mothers are part of a larger delegation of Iraqi women who will join with Cindy Sheehan and other US mothers who have experienced similar losses in calling for an end to the war in Iraq.

"It is appalling these women who have suffered so much were denied the right to meet with the US public and elected officials," said US peace mom Cindy Sheehan. "First we invade their country, then we deny them the right to come to ours. These women have terrible stories to tell and we need to hear them. We must demand that the government grant them their visas."

Take action:
Call the State Department switchboard at 202-647-4000 and ask for the office of Condoleezza Rice. Tell her office that Anwar Kadhim Jawad and Vivian Salim Mati are two of the Iraqi women were invited to Washington DC on March 8 by CODEPINK, but they were denied their visas by the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Demand that her office intervene and grant these women their visas.

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to send a message similar to the sample below. Please email a copy of your message to the US Ambassador and the Consular Section in the US Embassy in Jordan:
Ambassador David Hale at mailto:haledm2 (at)
Consular Section at responseamman (at)


To: The Honorable Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
CC: David Hale, US Ambassador to Jordan haledm2 (at)
CC: Consular Section, responseamman (at)

Dear Secretary Rice,

I request your assistance in the issuance of visas to two Iraqi women, Anwar Khadim Jwad and Vivian S. Mati, who have been invited by the US groups Global Exchange and CODEPINK to come to the US to speak during a series of events taking place in commemoration of International Women's Day. Their visa applications were denied on February 2, 2006 by the Consular Section in the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan. They are invited to come to the US between March 4-20, 2006 and are scheduled to participate in speaking events in New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, among other cities. The host organization has committed to covering the cost of their travel and expenses in the US.

As the conflict rages on in Iraq I feel it is critical for US and Iraqi citizens to create avenues for dialogue. I urge you to facilitate this important opportunity for US and Iraqi exchange. I want to hear from these women and ask that you request the Consular section in Amman reverse its decision and grant visas to these women. I await your reply.

Respectfully yours,


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