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  • Lori Perdue
    Below is a request for a call-in action to the White House to coincide with today s National Call-In Day on Afghanistan from UFPJ, Peace Action and many
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2009
      Below is a request for a call-in action to the White House to coincide with today's National Call-In Day on Afghanistan from UFPJ, Peace Action and many others.
      I made my Congressional calls late morning and from the sound of things in the office they were bustling in the Senator's offices, not so much in my Rep's office. Couldn't tell if We, The People were rocking the phones or not. So if you haven't called in to weigh in on Afghanistan, please do it now. See Tim Baer's email from earlier today..."National Call-In Day: Vote NO on More War Funding‏" for more details or take this info and run.
       On Wednesday, Tell Congress To Vote "No" on the
      2010 Defense Appropriations Bill!

      Call the Congressional Switchboard:
      or 202-225-3121

      As I said at the beginning, below is a request for an additional call-in to the White House. Once you've warmed up on Congress, call the White House and remind President Obama that the will of the People is an end to the conflict, not an escalation, as he hears from Generals likely pressuring for an increase in troops in Afghanistan. Be heard across the leadership. Timely action can be most effective.
      Don't miss the update from Afghanistan from CODEPINK Co-Founders Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin. This is day three of their delegation to meet with women's groups and government officials.

      In Peace and Solidarity,

      "When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row."

      ~Alice Paul, Suffragist and Author of the Equal Rights Amendment

      From: desiree@...

      http://www.whitehou se.gov/contact/

      Phone Numbers

      Comments: 202-456-1111
      Switchboard: 202-456-1414
      FAX: 202-456-2461

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: Rae Abileah <codepink.rae@ gmail.com>
      Date: Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 1:46 AM
      Subject: [CP] Our sheroes are in Afghanistan. ..
      To: CODEPINK@yahoogroup s.com

      “We climbed narrow steps to a long narrow room with about 30 women on the floor learning about voting…When they paused to let me ask “What do they want from the US?”  The energy and attention shifted and they were talking a mile a minute...the women in this classroom emphatically want the soldiers gone.” – Jodie Evans, from Kabul, day 1

      Dear local coordinators,

      As you read this, a group of CODEPINK leaders, including Ret. Colonel Ann Wright, Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin – and delegates from Women Against War and Peace Action– are in Afghanistan now, meeting with women and men, experiencing the harsh conditions of this war-shattered land, and listening to the needs and wishes of the people there. While the situation in Afghanistan is a complex tragedy, one thing is clear: war and militarism are the problems, not the solutions. You’ll have an opportunity to hear details of the delegation when Ann, Jodie and Medea report on a conference call next Tuesday (see details below).  Plus, read our national alert tomorrow for a letter from these brave women to you.  We invite you to join us in marking the horrendous 8th anniversary since the invasion of Afghanistan starting next week by taking action to visibly oppose the ongoing occupation.  

      Here’s the list of days of action in October:

      Monday, October 5: October 5 Mobilization Against Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Washington, DC. 
Join CODEPINKers and friends at the White House ~ Gather at McPherson Square (15th and I Street NW) followed by a silently procession to the White House. The gathering will feature Liz McAlister, longtime peace activist and widow of Phillip Berrigan.

      Tuesday, October 6, 6 PM PST/9PM EST: Afghanistan Trip Report Back with Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin, and Ann Wright.
      Conference call to hear about the trip immediately after our team gets home.  How to join the call: Dial 309-946-5100 and enter access code 26337465 (That’s CODEPINK# from your touch-tone phone).  (That's 3 pm in Hawaii, 6 pm pacific, 7 pm mountain, 8 pm central, and 9 pm eastern).  

      Wednesday, October 7:  8th Anniversary since the US invaded Afghanistan/ The first day of the 9th year of the US war in Afghanistan, a horror that has cost over $200 billion, the lives of 852 Americans, (222 in 2009 alone) and the lives of many thousands of Afghans. Hold a vigil, hold a banner at a well-trafficked spot, get the word out!
AFSC and UFPJ are organizing vigils nationwide-- find one in your area. Find or post your local event on our calendar too (Sign-ups, fliers and banner ideas coming soon!)

      Saturday, October 17: Rallies and marches are planned around the country; please turn out your pink contingent: 
      CODEPINK Chicago, DC, Boston and SF will be there!  Will you join our national pink presence at these protests?  
      If nothing is planned yet for your town, organize your own rally or vigil where you live. For an action planning guide: 

      And, all month long, please consider taking these steps:

      As some local groups have already done, gather your group to view “Rethink Afghanistan”, a set of short videos which can be watched on a personal computer or on a larger screen with projector hookup, or you can order a DVD; all are available at www.rethinkafghanis tan.org.  Peace Action has a great House Party guide—go here for more http://article. php/?list= type&type=410!

      San Jose CODEPINK is planning an office visit to their local congresswoman’s office to demand a NO vote on the upcoming military appropriations bill; please consider doing your own visit. For inspiration, see what CODEPINK has been doing for several months in opposition to the war in Afghanistan.

      Send the petition calling for an exit strategy from Afghanistan to your listserv and other contacts.

      And please, whatever you and your group decide to do on this tragic anniversary, let us know. Post your events ahead of time to our national online calendar here:
      or email your event announcement to locals@codepinkaler t.org.  

      and afterward, post your report back with one or two photos, media link and/or youtube code.

      Often reporters and allies ask where the peace movement is at when it comes to this ongoing occupation.  Now is the time to be visibly and audibly sanding up for peace, not another troop surge or violence without end.  

      For peace and justice in Afghanistan and everywhere,
      Ann, Dana, Emily, Gael, Janet, Janna, Jodie, Marina, Medea, Nancy, Paris, Rae, Suzanne, and Whitney

      Desiree Fairooz
      CODEPINK Arlington, VA

      www.codepinkalert. org

      CODEPINK is a women's initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. Won't you join us?

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