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08/14/2015 02:14 pm ET

Black Churches Are About To Start Lobbying For The Iran Deal

"A lot of the debate is by people who will not have family members who will be at risk."

WASHINGTON -- The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to call on black churches to organize support for the nuclear agreement with Iran as early as Saturday, he told The Huffington Post. 

"We have a disproportionate interest, being that if there is a war, our community is always disproportionately part of the armed services, and that a lot of the debate is by people who will not have family members who will be at risk," Sharpton said.

"I am calling on ministers in black churches nationwide to go to their pulpits Sunday and have their parishioners call their senators and congressman to vote yes on the Iran nuclear plan." 

Sharpton has previously nudged Cory Booker on Twitter regarding the senator's position, arguing that the New Jersey Democrat couldn't quote Tupac on war while also opposing the deal. 

Booker is under pressure back home to oppose the deal and is close with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who has been an outspoken opponent of negotiating with Iran.

Sharpton has reached out to Booker, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and other New York Democrats but decided he wanted to take the movement national, he told HuffPost.

"There needs to be a balance in this. Clearly lobbyists and others like AIPAC are pushing on their side and there needs to be an organized effort on the other side. And we're kicking it off tomorrow morning," Sharpton said. "A lot of Democrats, I think, should have to consider how their voters will feel in their base vote."

The deal is within striking distance of having the support needed to survive, but many wobbly Democrats are still claiming to be undecided.

Disclosure: Sharpton hosts the MSNBC show "Politics Nation," and Grim is a contributor to the network.

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