August 25, 2007

When Does It End?

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In May, Congress gave Bush $100 billion more for the war and occupation in Iraq. In September, Congress will vote on a request from the Bush administration for an additional $142 billion for the war. If Congress doesn't stand firm against Bush, he will have enough money to continue the war almost through the end of his presidency. Another year of war will cost the lives of approximately 1,084 more U.S. soldiers (according to current casualty rates) and of who knows how many thousand Iraqis.

UFPJ member groups are spending August making sure that the people who represent us in Congress get the message loud and clear -- no more money for this immoral war and occupation. What Congress does in September will be decisive: Will this war continue or will plans be put into place to bring all the troops home? We are demanding that Congress fund only the safe, orderly and immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops and military contractors from Iraq.
We urge you to take two minutes right now to add your voice to the call for an immediate end to the war.

70 members of Congress have already pledged to stop funding the war by signing on to a letter sent to the president on July 19th by Representatives Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Lee, and Maxine Waters. The letter reads:

"We are writing to inform you that we will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office."

Click here to read the full text of the letter and to find out if your representative has already signed it.

If your representative has not yet signed it, send an email today, urging him or her to sign the letter and to fight for an Iraq spending bill that will stop funding the war and immediately bring all our troops home. Congress is still on recess through August. If you can, take the opportunity to visit your representative's office while he or she is in your district. Click here to find out where your representative's local offices are.

If your representative has already signed the letter, please send him or her this thank-you letter, and urge him or her to stand strong in September and reject any compromise that will keep even a limited number of U.S. troops in Iraq for any purpose.

After you've emailed your representative, watch this remarkable video of Dick Cheney talking about why occupying Iraq would be a bad idea!

Save the date! Saturday, October 27th -- National Mobilization to End the Iraq War! 10 Massive Demonstrations for Peace!

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