Saturday, March 12, 2005
United for Peace and Justice
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.
Gregg, Judd (NH) IS on the senate appropriations committee!!