|By Deborah Dupré|
June 6, 2009
Over 100 organizations requested "no" vote on war funding bill
coalition of 118 peace organizations asked the Progressive Caucus to
oppose the $100 billion War Supplemental, a measure that seems to have
worked - so far.
Leadership of the House of Representatives
stopped a vote on war funding scheduled for today because they do not
have the votes to pass the $100 billion dollar supplement.
The Democrats added three "explosive issues to the mix” of the coalitions’ rationale to halt the war funding supplement:
- Preventing the release of torture photos by amending the Freedom of Information Act;
- Funding the International Monetary Fund; and
- Preventing funds to close Guantanamo Bay prison.
According to Voters for Peace, "This
mix has brought the vote below the majority needed to pass the new
exhorbitant supplemental for war funding. The leadership is in process
of twisting the arms of anti-war Democrats. With pressure this intense,
your representative needs to hear from you. S/he needs to know you
oppose more war funding."
Voters for Peace, a non-profit
organization, provides voters with information and tools needed to be
effective advocates that "includes educating your friends and family on
the occupation, writing letters to the media or working to hold
congressional and presidential candidates accountable" according to the
To date, 173,139 Americans have taken a stand for peace by taking the Peace Pledge facilitated by Voters for Peace.
Voters For Peace makes it easy to voice your opposition to war and support elected officials working for world peace
increase security at home and world peace, there are two things you,
your families and neighbours can do today that are both simple to do
and can be a high value learning project at home with the family:
Send a letter, an already drafted one that takes seconds to send as is,
to your elected official in the House of Representatives by visiting Democracy in Action Campaign.
2. Call and urge your elected official in the House of Representatives to vote no on war funding: 202-224-3121
top of the long list of reasons to oppose U.S. war funding is that the
present wars are illegal and immoral. The U.S. has no money to care for
its citizens needs at home and is in a deep recession, largely due to
its military spending.
The U.S. role in Iraq, Afghanistan and
Pakistan is doing more harm than good, adds to destabilization of the
region and is fueling anti-American sentiment plus there is no clear
mission for the war in Afghanistan and no exit strategy.
We have yet to see the first troops removed from Iraq.
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