“Funding the troops means more troops are going to die.”
“A lot of people have bought into the notion that you have to fund the troops. Funding the troops means more troops are going to die. ” – Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Tonight or tomorrow the House of Representatives will vote on whether to give another $100 billion to continue the war and the Senate is expected to vote on Saturday or Sunday.
And while a majority of Americans are in opposition to the war, the idea that supporting the troops equals funding the war has stuck in Congress, even though this funding does quite the opposite. You can’t support the troops by leaving them entrenched in a horrible occupation; you can’t bring democracy at the point of a gun. The Surge, the post-surge strategy of a ‘second surge ‘ and even the ever-increasing aerial bombardment will not bring ‘security’ nor peace to Iraq, it will merely cost tens of thousands more lives on all sides. President Bush even admits this fact .
Call your Representative and Senators NOW, ask where they stand on funding the war and tell them the only way to support the troops is by ending the war. The Congressional Switchboard number is 202-224-3121, from there they can connect you to your members’ offices, or you can look up their direct number at www.Congress.org
Tell us how your call went by posting a comment here.
After that, check out some of the amazing training and action camps going on this Summer, some of them provide travel stipends or free lodging so check them out.
There’s a lot of action going on this Summer, including the June 10-12 The World Says NO to the Israeli Occupation mobilization in DC, the June 22-24 United for Peace and Justice National Assembly in Chicago and the U.S. Social Forum June 27-July 1 in Atlanta. They need your help to make these events a success! Getting the word out, mobilizing your friends and community, or volunteering the day of to make things go smoothly are all necessary: what can you do to help? Find more info on how to get involved on their websites! Come hang out with us during the events too, we’ll be at all 3 and we’ll be sending out details on places and times to meet up!
Really, go call your members of Congress now, let’s end the war NOW.
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