Justforeignpolicy.org announces “Demonstrations in 100 cities against war escalation: Read the whole story here: Note that the strategy of asking 100 cities to announce demonstrations now on the same day as the President’s speech isn’t about trying to reach the big national media, which will continue to ignore or ridicule anti-war protests, as is their wont. It’s about trying to move Members of Congress by getting into local media reports of the President’s speech, and it’s about undermining the ability of the White House to try to sell escalation to the American people – already an extremely difficult task, as the White House acknowledges.
A large part of the American population watches local TV news, reads a local newspaper, or listens to local radio news, and especially in smaller cities, local TV and newspapers and radio are often very willing to cover local protests that are tied to a major national political event. Imagine that many Americans are watching their local TV news, and the top story is the President’s speech, and the next story is “but local protesters say that escalation is not the answer.” Might that deter the White House? I think it might. [Ed. Note: Call President Obama (202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121) and your Member of Congress today and tell them you will be demonstrating in the streets if President Obama adds any troops to the wars in Central Asia. It only takes a few minutes but the office staff will be talking about it and your Member of Congress will hear about it.]
Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.
Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.
Veterans for Common Sense Reports (read the whole report here) DoD Fact Sheet: 89,457 Service Member Battlefield Casualties AND Estimated TBI and PTSD Casualties: Traumatic Brain Injury: 370,000 Soldiers (19.5% of 1.9 million deployed) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: 350,000 Soldiers (18.5% of 1.9 million deployed)
Sources: Department of Defense: Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom, OEF), Casualties from Oct. 7, 2001, through Oct. 31, 2009; Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom, OIF), Casualties from Mar. 19, 2003, through Oct. 31, 2009; RAND: “Invisible Wounds: Mental Health and Cognitive Care Needs of America’s Returning Veterans,” Apr. 17, 2008. Note: As the number of service members deployed to the war zones rises, then the RAND estimates of TBI and PTSD casualties also rise. [Ed. Note; ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. For what? More Oil?]
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Take Action Now: Pass our link to your friends right now. Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s).We will demonstrate in 100 cities if President Obama sends ANY troops to Central Asia ! Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: No More Drone Assasination attacks, and don’t attack Quetta. End the War(s) NOW.
Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. Tell them you will march in 100 cities if President Obama sends ANY troops to Central Asia. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War(s) Now.
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