September 6, 2007

Help End the US War and Occupation Iraq

Tell Congress Again to End this War in Iraq and Tell Them that Iran is Off-Limits

Today, Sept. 4th, Congress reconvenes after a month-long recess. As always, there will be many important issues our representatives in Washington must take up in the days and weeks ahead, but is there really anything more pressing than the urgent need to take decisive action to end the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq? Almost 10 months ago, voters declared their widespread opposition to the war in the midterm Congressional elections. But Congress has yet to take up the mandate they were sent to Washington with.

This month will be pivotal in determining the future of the war in Iraq.

Will Congress use its power of the purse to force an end to the war and the withdrawal of all U.S. troops and contractors, or will the Bush administration get the additional $190+ billion it wants to continue this deadly and disastrous occupation into the unforeseeable future?Because of the importance of these next few months, many actions are being organized. They take different forms, but all share the same goal: ending the war and bringing all of the U.S. troops home now! We call your attention to three of these efforts in particular, initiated and/or endorsed by United for Peace and Justice. We believe these activities will help strengthen our movement and keep the heat on Washington.

Thursday, Sept. 7: National Congressional Call-In!

Join the nationwide effort to flood the offices of your members of Congress with calls demanding an end to the U.S. war in Iraq and no new war with Iran. Let's make it clear: Congress must stand up to the Bush war machine! Call your representative and both of your senators at 202-224-3121, and ask to be connected to their offices. Tell them: I want you to act now to end the war and occupation of Iraq and to prevent a war with Iran. The Congress has the constitutional right and a moral responsibility to use the power of the purse to withdraw all U.S. soldiers and contractors from Iraq on a rapid and binding schedule. Congress must act to prevent a catastrophic war with Iran. On August 28, President Bush announced that he has authorized U.S. forces in Iraq to confront Iran militarily -- please speak out against and oppose this policy! (Click here to find out who represents you in Congress.)

Sept. 14-21: Declaration of Peace/Days of Decision - a week of nationwide coordinated local actionsDeclare Peace! by taking nonviolent action, including nonviolent civil disobedience or other forms of creative, peaceful witness at congressional offices or other relevant sites anytime from Friday, September 14, through Friday, September 21, the International Day of Peace. Declaration of Peace organizers ask that your local actions include at least these two components: (1) a public declaration such as an exhibit, a presentation to a member of Congress or his or her staff, or an event that includes a public signing of the Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq, and (2) nonviolent actions to dramatically highlight the reality of the war, such as a public die-in or other forms of creative, peaceful protest and action. To find out more, visit:

Friday, Sept. 21: Iraq MoratoriumNational in scope, the Iraq Moratorium is a campaign that takes place at the most local level possible. The idea is simple: Antiwar forces are coming together in their own areas to plan local activities that are easy for the largest numbers of people to get involved in, especially people who have never done anything publicly to oppose the war. On the 3rd Friday of every month, beginning on Sept. 21, these activities will take place: People from all walks of life will break with their daily routine to take some concrete step to demand an end to the war and the return home of the troops. This can be as simple as wearing black ribbons and armbands in mourning for all who have died in this senseless catastrophe. More information is available at, and in Spanish at

As you can see from all of these activities, pressure is mounting and it's not going to stop once September is over. On October 27, 10 massive demonstrations initiated by United for Peace and Justice will be held in cities around the country. This national day of action to end the war will show that opposition to the war is strong, growing and stepping up to take action nationwide. Visit in the coming days for more updates and information on how to get involved in the demonstration in your region.

Check the UFPJ events calendar for many other nationally coordinated as well as regional and local actions. Please post any activity you are planning or know about on the calendar so others can find it and join you.

One Last Note -- Preventing the Next WarThrough it all, we need to keep up the pressure to prevent an attack on Iran. For analysis, petitions, and other resources, click here.

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