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Hello CA WILPF members,
A Call to Stop the Machine!
Shirley Lin Kinoshita, a life member of WILPF offers this advice:
I believe well written opinion letters to major news media have more impact than standing on street corners holding signs or singing to the converted few there. Remember to read and follow the editorial guidelines, and don't forget to include your organization or affiliation in your closing. The editors prefer the latter so they can keep your comments in context. I also include a website link as a courtesy for background checks.
The following lyrics were submited by Pat Birnie of the Tucson Branch. She regrets not knowing the author of these lyrics. If you know who we should attribute this song to, please email us.
I’VE ALWAYS PAID MY TAXES (G)
(Tune: "Yellow Rose of Texas")
I’ve always paid my taxes,
I paid them right on time,
I never even cheated - I coughed up every dime.
But now I know my money goes
Straight over to Iraq
For bombs and tanks and missiles
And I WANT MY MONEY BACK!
I used to think my taxes went
NOTE: November Scientific American has articles on nuclear weapons
Can you define torture? President Bush wasn't able to when he was asked this week. How reassuring is his claim that "We don't torture" if he can't say what it is that United States isn't doing?
According to the Justice Department, the U.S. is legally allowed to do things to prisoners that most people would consider torture. In a 2005 secret legal opinion that still defines government practice, the
The United States should be dismantling nuclear weapons, not building new ones. But instead, Congress will be voting soon on whether to approve the Bush Administration's latest request to pursue a new generation of nuclear weapons. Don't let the administration further devastate our nation by building a new, unneeded arsenal of civilization-shattering nuclear weapons. Please call your Senators and Representative to ask them to vote "no" on funding a new generation of nuclear weapons.
April 5, 2007
Are you ready for U.S. troops to stop combat operations in Iraq and start packing their bags to come home?
Are you ready for them to bring all U.S. military contractors home with them?
Are you ready for Congress to stop funding the war and occupation and tell the Pentagon that they can only spend money to bring the troops safely home?
Then Call your Representative today Tell them to support the Lee Amendment to restrict pentagon spending in Iraq to funding only the safe withdrawal of U.S. troops and contractors by the end of this year at the latest.
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The Council For A Livable World gave the following Senators ratings for
their votes on national security issues:
AZ: McCain 25% Kyl 0% AR Lincoln 83% Pryor 63$ CA Boxer 91%
Feinstein 83% CO Salazar 75% Allard 0% CT Dodd 83% Lieberman 33%
DE Biden 75% Carper 75% FL Nelson 50% Martinez 8% IL Obama 83% Durbin 91%
IN Bayh 50% Lugar 33% IA Grassley 8% Harkin 100% ME Snowe 16% Collins 25%
The following was received from Nebraskans for Peace & Justice, which has
been working for more than 35 years to alert the public about U.S. Strategic
Contact your senators and congress people and demand that they take action
to prevent Bush and his cohorts from attacking Iran. This is the WMD
scare all over again.
For Immediate Release
International Media Advisory on U.S. Strategic Command
And the Impending Attack on Iran
The Bush administration asked Congress February 5 for a $2.9 trillion budget for fiscal year 2008 (FY08) that includes nearly a trillion dollars for the military and short changes successful programs to help low income people put food on their table, keep warm in the winter, and see a doctor when they are sick. The budget proposals presented to Congress are the first stage of a multi-part process that should eventually result in Congress passing legislation to set the parameters for federal government spending in the fiscal year that stretches from October 1, 2007 to September 31, 2008.
February 5, 2007
ANALYSIS OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 PENTAGON SPENDING REQUEST HIGHLIGHTS
The Senate is expected to vote next week on a non-binding resolution rejecting the escalation of the war in Iraq. Write your senators today. Urge them to support the Biden resolution (S. Con. Res. 2) that rejects the escalation of the war as an important first step. But Congress should also articulate a political strategy that includes support for peace talks among Iraqis, support for a regional peace process that includes Iran and Syria, and a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops while also limiting the president¹s power to wage war against Iran and Syria