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Stop War Funding - Demand an Exit Plan :)
October will mark the 8th year of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Yet HR 2404, a bill requiring the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress outlining a U.S. exit strategy in Afghanistan, has failed in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Do you think that's acceptable?
We didn't think so. Raise your voice: Send an email letter to Congress (http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5372/t/4278/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1938)
OR write via US Postal to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the Pentagon (1400 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C., 20301-1400)
OR go to www.defenselink.mil/ to voice your concerns about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This October will also mark 7 years since Congress authorized war against Iraq. Both Iraq and Afghanistan (http://bit.ly/NxmBW) are destabilized as a result of these wars.
In addition, drone predators used to target insurgents are killing civilians (LINK: www.theweek.com/article/index/95250/The_rise_of_the_pilotless_planes) who happen to be in their path.
The lopsided vote by the U.S. House of Representatives (368-60) on May 14, approving the Obama administration's request for $97 billion for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, and the Senate's follow-up vote on June 18 (approved by a 91-5 majority) of $105.9 billion for the same purpose makes clear that there is bipartisan support for the continuation of these wars and occupations. It also underscores why an independent, unified, antiwar movement is needed now more than ever.
Now is the time to voice your opposition.
Write to your Congresspersons (http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5372/t/4278/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1938) and ask that they vote for HR 2404 if it comes out of the House Armed Services Committee, or simply request that it should come out.
What else can you do?
Support and organize demonstrations (www.thomasmertoncenter.org/g20action.htm) planned around the Third G-20 Summit, slated for Pittsburgh from September 24 - 25. We will focus on advancing our antiwar demands, and you can join a WILPF contingent demanding immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan and an end to war funding.
Read more about anti-war actions (link: http://www.wilpf.org/October2009Anti-WarPlans) planned for October.
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