ACTION ALERT: Speak Out Against Bush’s $82 Billion War Budget
March 11, 2005
United for Peace and Justice
UP THE PRESSURE ON THE $82 BILLION Congressional votes on the unprecedented $82 billion off-the-books War Budget. Let your elected representatives know how you feel about diverting funds from schools and healthcare to an endless war and two foreign military occupations. Bring the troops home now! See below for action and protest suggestions.
On Tuesday, March 15th the House of Representative is scheduled to vote on the president's request for an additional $82 billion for the war in Iraq. Just a few days later the 2nd anniversary of the beginning of that war will be marked by protest activities in at least 300 cities around the country, and scores of other places around the world. (Visit http://www.unitedforpeace.org to find an action near you, or to list your event.)
Now is the time to ratchet up our pressure on Congress and let them know how disgusted we are at the waste of our tax dollars for this deadly, criminal war. They have the power to stop the flow of money. Many of you have already made calls, sent faxes, and organized lobby visits. Let's expand and intensify those efforts by bringing more people and stronger tactics into the struggle to stop this obscene $82 billion appropriation.
What You Can Do:
• CALL YOUR HOUSE MEMBER NOW. Call your representative between now and next Tuesday when the House votes on the $82 Billion supplemental request. Tell them to vote NO. It's a straightforward message: Not one more dime for this war! Visit http://www.congress.org for contact info.
PLAN NOW TO PRESSURE YOUR SENATOR LATER THIS MONTH
Congress is in recess between March 21 and April 1. During that time many members are in their home states. The $82 billion request will be taken up by the Senate after that recess, so this two-week period is the perfect opportunity for us to bring our message to our senators.
We urge you to make plans now for a visit to your two senators during this time. Depending on your senators' past stance on the war and their stated position on the $82 billion, your "visits" might be anything from a meeting with your senators or their key aides to a picket outside of their offices to a sit-in or other nonviolent civil disobedience action inside. It's time that the pro-war Democrats, in particular, feel our grassroots outrage.
PRESSURE THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
We do not have an exact date yet, but sometime in early April the Senate Committee on Appropriations will have a hearing on the $82 billion budget request before it goes to the floor of the Senate. Every member of that committee needs to be flooded with phone calls, faxes, emails and visits. The full list of the committee members is below, and for information on how to contact them click here: http://appropriations.senate.gov/members/members.htm Even if you do not live in a state that has a senator on this committee, the members should hear from you.
In all of these activities, our message should be clear: Stop the war in Iraq, bring the troops home now, no more money for this war!
Please contact United for Peace and Justice if there is anything we can do to help your local efforts. Be sure to check our web site for new resources and organizing materials.
Let us use the occasion of the second anniversary of the war to re-double our efforts to bring the troops home. And let's make sure Congress gets the message: the antiwar movement is watching what they do!
MEMBERS OF THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Republican Members Cochran, Thad (MS) , Chair Stevens, Ted (AK) Specter, Arlen (PA) Domenici, Pete (NM) Bond, Christopher (MO) McConnell, Mitch (KY) Burns, Conrad (MT) Shelby, Richard (AL) Gregg, Judd (NH) Bennett, Robert (UT) Craig, Larry (ID) Hutchison, Kay (TX) DeWine, Mike (OH) Brownback, Samuel (KS) Allard, A. (CO)
Democratic Members Byrd, Robert (WV), Ranking Member Inouye, Daniel (HI) Leahy, Patrick (VT) Harkin, Tom (IA) Mikulski, Barbara (MD) Reid, Harry (NV) Kohl, Herb (WI) Murray, Patty (WA) Dorgan, Byron (ND) Feinstein, Dianne (CA) Durbin, Richard (IL) Johnson, Tim (SD) Landrieu, Mary (LA)
MARCH 18-20: GLOBAL DAYS OF PROTEST ON THE TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ WAR
* End the War
* Bring the Troops Home Now
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