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Announcement :: War and Militarism
Open Letter to all 535 members of Congress
08 Feb 2007
An Open Letter to all 535 members of Congress
Dear Members of Congress,

On February 17, “VOTE NO WAR FUNDS DAY,” we will be rallying around the country
to let you know that this time, we’ll be watching how you vote on this critical issue.

Last November the people voted to change the leadership of Congress so that it could do what the President is unwilling to do-- to end the war now.
As Sen. Russ Feingold said recently at a Senate Hearing on Congressional war powers, “Congress has the power to stop the war if it wants to." Now
the people have given you the mandate to do that.

Soon you will be asked to vote your approval of more funds to pay for the war. A few of you have already indicated that you will not approve another dollar for war. All of you must to do the same. The next war funding vote will be every bit
as important as the vote by the 109th Congress to authorize the war in October 2002.

If you vote no to more war funding the troops will come home, lives will be saved and this nightmare will come to an end. If you approve more funds for war, then more U.S. soldiers will die, more soldiers will be maimed for life, and the war will go on and on. If you approve more war funds, then no one can claim that this is solely the President’s war, or only one political party’s war; it will be Congress’s war.

It’s not enough to vote for symbolic, non-binding resolutions that only oppose the escalation of the war. It’s not enough to cross-examine and criticize generals and the President’s cabinet secretaries in Congressional hearings. It will not suffice to say that you oppose the war, but that you’re voting for more war funding to support the troops. The real support that the troops and their
families need is for you to act decisively, cut off the war funding and bring everyone home alive.

Activists from across the country have designated Sat., Feb. 17, “VOTE NO WAR FUNDS DAY.” On that day, thousands of peace-loving people will rally and march in their communities to tell Congress that when it comes time to vote on more funds for war, the people will be watching and waiting.

Many of those participating in the Feb. 17 protests across the country will bring with them some of the bills that they can’t afford to pay. People will be
bringing their medical, utility, food, and rent bills; their student loan debts; and their credit card bills, because more and more people are being forced to use credit cards to pay for basic necessities. The reason for bringing all of these bills to the protest is to remind Congress, as it considers its vote on the new war funding request, of the growing ranks of the poor that desperately
need the money that has been wasted on this war to help them in their daily struggle to survive.

Join the Campaign to force Congress to Cut Off ALL ALL War Funding

- Sign the Petition Online at

- Make copies of this letter - collect
signatures and send them to:
VoteNoWarFunding, 55 W. 17th St. 5C, NY
NY 10011. We will forward them to Congress.

- Organize a local event at Congressional Offices on February 17

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