UFPJ: National Days of Local Action on Afghanistan, April 6-9
- From UFPJ
On April 4, while our sister coalitions will be marching against NATO expansion in Europe, United For Peace and Justice will March on Wall Street with a demand for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a just, fair, and democratic solution to the deepening economic crisis. This march will be a part of our 'Beyond War, A New Economy Is Possible' campaign.
Immediately following the April 4 March on Wall Street, United For Peace and Justice has called for April 6-9 Nationally Coordinated Days of Local Actions for Peace in Afghanistan. The goal is to build public pressure to respond to the Obama administration's further escalation of the war and occupation in Afghanistan.
Now, we need a strong grassroots movement that can draw the lessons of six years of war in Iraq: military action will deepen the humanitarian and political crisis in Iraq and Afghanistan and the economic crisis here at home. Next week's Days of Local Action seeks to build that movement and to turn it into a real political force that will create a new public consensus on the need to de-escalate and withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
United For Peace and Justice calls for:
- A halt to the planned escalation of 21,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. We need to bring all our troops home now -- not send more into a country where military solutions have never worked.
- A dramatic shift from military spending by the U.S. to funding for Afghan-led humanitarian community development and reconstruction projects to enable Afghan communities to improve daily life for their own people. Our goal is to put an end to U.S. war funding.
Local actions on April 6-9, which can include educational events, vigils, debates, group discussions, film showings, and Congressional visits, will be the first step in this new campaign for peace in Afghanistan. We strongly urge your groups to use the resources provided by UFPJ and our Afghanistan/Pakistan Working Group to help organize and educate for your events and activities. Below are several kinds of resources that you can use:
- Post actions you are planning on the UFPJ calendar. Make sure that you select 'Afghanistan' under Event Type.
- Download leaflets and posters for activities at Congressional offices or other locations. Organize activities with a media focus: send out press releases, send letters to the editor, or submit opinion pieces to local newspapers. Download sample press materials. These items can be found here.
- Congressional pressure actions: Now -- before legislation is proposed -- is a critical moment to mobilize your community to say 'no' to war in Afghanistan. We urge that you make appointments now for meetings on Afghanistan between April 6-9 when the media attention will be focused on the NATO summit where discussions on the Administration's Afghanistan policy will be discussed.
- Download educational fact sheets and other material to deliver to your Congressional representative.
UFPJ's Legislative Working Group is calling for visits to members of Congress during their recess, April 6-20. These visits should focus on Afghanistan, Iraq, and the military budget. Talking points, background materials, and a summary of UFPJ legislative concerns will be sent out soon for use during those visits. You can report on your Congressional visits here.