Activists Launch 'SchumerMobile' in NYC to Protest Senator's Opposition to Iran Deal

Truck goes on five-day tour, carrying billboard featuring yearbook-style photos of Schumer and Sen. Menendez, captioned 'most likely to start a war.'

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Activists in front of the Schumermobile in New York, August 31, 2015.Credit: Jacob Kornbluh
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Some 40 activists, members of MoveOn.org’s political action committee, gathered Monday at noon outside the offices of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to launch a five-day mobile billboard tour to publicly protest Senator Chuck Schumer’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal across New York City.

The “SchumerMobile” – featuring yearbook-style photos of Schumer and his colleague Sen. Bob Menendez with the superlative “most likely to start a war” – will drive around New York City, making stops at iconic New York landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, the United Nations, and Rockefeller Center. The 22-foot by 10-foot billboard will also be stationed outside the offices of Democratic lawmakers who have yet to announce whether they will support the deal, including Reps Charles Rangel, Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Nydia Velazquez, Gregory Meeks, and Joseph Crowley.

At the kickoff rally, activists of the liberal group, as well as several people wearing Bernie Sanders for President t-shirts, held up signs that read “No War with Iran”, “Defend Diplomacy” and “Senator Schumer: Stand up for Peace, Not for AIPAC,” while chanting “give peace a chance” and “Senator Schumer say yes to peace.”

People were also posing for a selfie with a life-size cutout of Schumer at a stationed mobile selfie photo booth, sharing the photos via Facebook and Twitter.

“Senator Charles Schumer is one of only two Senate Democrats to side with Republican war hawks against the historic diplomatic agreement with Iran—and he wants to be the next Senate Democratic Leader,” MoveOn Campaign Director Jo Comerford said in a statement. “That’s why MoveOn members are launching the SchumerMobile—a pro-diplomacy mobile billboard that will travel around New York City to hold Sen. Schumer accountable for choosing war over diplomacy and show still-undecided local and national Democrats a bit of what they can expect if they side with the war hawks.”

Earlier this month, MoveOn launched a donor strike in response to Schumer’s opposition to the deal. To date, more than 185,000 members have pledged to withhold $43 million in donations from any Democrats (or party committee supporting them) should they undermine the deal in Congress.

Jacob Kornbluh is a political correspondent for www.jpupdates.com

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