Overwhelmingly approved on Sunday (Nov. 15) by the California Democratic Party’s 300-member statewide executive board, the resolution is titled “End the U.S. Occupation and Air War in Afghanistan.” Our thanks go out to Norman Solomon, Karen Bernal, Marcy Winograd, and Dr. Bill Honigman for their great organizing, and thanks to all the members of PDA and the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party for this terrific effort. Keep the pressure on now. Other States, pick up this resolution and get your state party to adopt it also. Add fuel to the Peace Fire NOW.
The resolution “End the U.S. Occupation and Air War in Afghanistan” supports “a timetable for withdrawal of our military personnel” and calls for “an end to the use of mercenary contractors as well as an end to air strikes that cause heavy civilian casualties.” Advocating multiparty talks inside Afghanistan, the resolution also urges Obama “to oversee a redirection of our funding and resources to include an increase in humanitarian and developmental aid.” Read more here.
A special thanks to Marine Corporal Rick Reyes for his working to stop the war, and to Rethink Afghanistan for their efforts to visually bring this war to the people whose name it is being fought. And Matthew Hoh (see our Hoh interview Post here), we applaud your efforts and await others with your beliefs to step forward and follow the truth and resign their positions also. The handwriting is on the wall: End the War(s) NOW.
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.
The children of Falluja Doctors are dealing with an increase in chronic deformities in infants in Falluja, where heavy munitions were used in 2004 Many areas of Iraq and Afghanistan have Depleted Uranium dust covering the ground after being released into the air when the shells exploded, releasing the uranium into the air. How many other areas are like Falluja? If this is not a War Crime (the use of Depleted Uranium), there is no such thilng as a War Crime. Who made the decision to allow Depleted Uranium to be used on shells? Who was in charge at the time? Who gave final approval? When was this approved? These innocent babies are the result of this policy to allow Depleted Uranium to be used in making armaments (howitzer shells and bombs). These are our babies.
What will be the condition of our troops that served in Falluja? Another Agent Orange? Using Depleted Uranium is a War Crime waiting to be charged.
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Take Action Now: Pass our link to your friends right now. Call your Member of Congress and tell them to support Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill “To prohibit any increase in the number of members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan.” Bill # H.R.3699. Do it now please. Then 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. Tell them to support Barbara Lee’s bill HR 3699. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War(s) Now.
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