Wage Peace Campaign National Call-In Day

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Join the National Call-In Day

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(888) 355-3588 (toll-free) or (202) 224-3121

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The United States’ Iraq policy is clearly broken. The security situation in Iraq -- where kidnappings, bombings and sectarian killings abound and more than 100,000 Iraqis have fled from their homes -- has deteriorated to the point where a report on U.S. troops murdering Iraqi civilians barely makes the news, even within Iraq.

Congress is not debating alternatives to the current mayhem. Instead, they’re negotiating how many billions of dollars more to spend on the Bush Administration’s stay-the-course policy. It is time for Congress to own up to its responsibility.

We need an open debate on Iraq. Please join our National Call-In Day today, Wednesday, June 7.

Three quick steps to get involved:

1. Email your Representative today>

2. Call Your US Representative at (888) 355-3588 (toll-free) or (202) 224-3121. (Call-in tips below.)

3. After you’ve emailed and called your Representative, please forward this email to five friends. http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=DysLO9AYMyAHevAPe9TG-A..

Why this action? Who supports withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq?

* 80% of Iraqis
* More than 70% of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq
* A stable majority of people in the U.S.

And still, after more than three years, over $300 billion spent and the death of more than 100,000 Iraqis and nearly 2,500 American troops, Congress still refuses to debate real alternatives to the President's stay-the-course policy. Even the most recent reports of civilian massacres by U.S. soldiers in Haditha and Ishaqi have not moved the House leadership to allow a debate on the occupation.

We have a unique opportunity to demand that Congress take responsibility. So far, 122 members of the House of Representatives have signed a 'discharge petition' calling for immediate debate and votes on alternatives to the policy of open-ended occupation of Iraq.

All we need is 96 more members of Congress to sign the petition for debate to begin. We need your help.

Please call or email your U.S. Representative today.

Call-in Tips Ask for your Representative to sign H.Res. 543 OR thank her if she has already signed and ask her to urge a colleague to sign H.Res. 543.

Here are lists of those who have and have not signed: http://www.openiraqdebate.com/inner/roll-call.html

The pressure we are applying is already having an impact. The media has reported that some members of the House leadership, hoping to dodge a real discussion about Iraq, will offer a tightly-controlled debate framed by supporters of the war. This alternative won't allow consideration of real alternatives to bring the occupation to an end and will protect pro-war members from a recorded vote.

Tell your Representative to support a debate with an "open rule," meaning that any proposals to bring the troops home can be introduced, debated and voted on. The surest route to that debate is for them to sign the discharge petition and ask their colleagues to do the same.

Call (888) 355-3588 (toll-free), give the operator your Representative's name or go to power search on Congress Merge to find the local district office. http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=JW5Ajr7OQdMcOIfvHFcpqQ..

Message for NON-signers of H.Res. 543:Message for signers of H.Res. 543: As your constituent, I ask you to sign onto H.Res. 543, a "discharge petition" that calls for open and honest debate on Iraq and consideration of ALL alternatives to the policy of open-ended occupation of Iraq.

I will not be satisfied with a limited debate that prohibits the introduction of real alternatives to the President's failed policy in Iraq. It is time to show strong leadership to bring peace in the region.

As your constituent, I want to thank you for signing H.Res. 543.

A full 17 hours of debate of ALL alternatives to the policy of open-ended occupation of Iraq is so important that I urge you to ask one of your NON-signing colleagues to sign H.Res. 543.

This is one important step in building peace in Iraq and throughout the region.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is working on this call-in day with several partner groups, including 20/20 Vision, AfterDowningStreet.org, Backbone Campaign, Code Pink, DC for Democracy, Democracy Rising, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Peace Action, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, United for Peace and Justice, Win Without War, and Women's Action for New Directions (WAND).

I’ll be writing to you again soon with more updates from AFSC's Wage Peace Campaign, including a report on the success of the call-in day.

Please call or email your Representative today.


Peter Lems
for AFSC's Wage Peace Campaign


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