REMIND PRESIDENT OBAMA
HE PROMISED CHANGE
WHEN HE SPEAKS AT ASU’S 2009 COMMENCEMENT
THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009 AT SUN DEVIL STADIUM
Activist march starts gathering at
3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at the
light rail Tempe Transit Center, 200 E.
Fifth Street, near Forest & College
Avenue. Our march and vigil will continue between 3:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m. at or near the southeast corner of Veterans Way and College Avenue, Tempe.
Free "War is Costly, Peace is Priceless" T-shirts given to participants.
It will be hot. Bring water, hat and sun tan lotion.
PESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED CHANGE. REAL CHANGE WOULD INCLUDE BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN! THE AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ QUAGMIRES ARE COSTING US $100,000 PER MINUTE!
Sponsored by END THE WAR COALITION
Unfortunately the Disarmed Forces Day Picnic has been canceled
for this Sunday, May 17th. But the effort to continue to end the wars and
create peace goes on! Call in tomorrow on Afghanistan - Liz sent this notice
with background reading. Thanks!
End the: Join National Call-In Day
Next week, your representative will vote on legislation that would use tens of billions of your tax dollars to expand the war in Afghanistan.
On the eve of this vote, on Tuesday, May 12, FCNL is joining with other national organizations to flood Congress with phone calls urging representatives to vote against spending more money on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Please join in this national call-in day.
The president's supplemental funding request is not designed to wind down and end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rather than voting for more money for war, Congress should insist on an exit strategy for Afghanistan and invest in the long-term diplomacy and development assistance that will lead to a comprehensive and stable peace in the region.
FCNL has established a toll-free number ( ) to make it easy for you and your friends to call Congress. The national call-in day is Tuesday, but the number is working now if you'd like to make your call sooner. Find out more about the call-in day.
Tell your friends about the call-in day and download this flyer to pass out in your neighborhood, meeting, or church.
Follow us on Twit ter to get updates on the call-in day and the vote.
Read FCNL's letter to Congress on the president's war supplemental request.
ouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she won’t support any timelines for making progress in Afghanistan or Pakistan as Congress considers a 2009 military supplementary spending bill, putting her at odds with her chairman of the Appropriations panel. Speaking to reporters, Pelosi, D-Calif., praised President Obama for emphasizing military and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and said the new president needs an unspecified period of time to see if his strategy can work. “The president now has to take the time that is necessary to keep the American people safe, to stabilize the region, and to20do so in a way that makes everyone who has an interest in the stability of Afghanistan to — to make an investment there,” she said. “So how long will it take? I don’t know, but it is essential to our security that we fight terrorism there,” she added. In opposing a timeline, Pelosi took a position contrary to that of Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey , who says he wants to see progress within a year. Pelosi said Obey was “speaking his own opinion.” Obey’s committee plans to mark up the supplemental legislation on Thursday. It is expected on the House floor next week. Pelosi, who vigorously opposed the Iraq War and tried repeatedly to attach a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq to supplemental spending legislation enacted under President George W. Bush , also appealed to her fellow anti-war Democrats to support Obama’s spending proposal. She said they should keep in mind that in addition to Obama’s new strategy, the president also has said he will end the Bush administration practice of funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through supplementals. Democrats charged that using supplementals shielded the true costs of the wars. “My message to my members is, this is it,” she said. “The president has refocused our efforts in Afghanistan. He’s made this request. He has a path to ending the war in Iraq. That will happen. So we have a plan for both places, and this is the president’s request to fund t hat. I hope you can
--- On Thu, 5/7/09, Joe Volk, FCNL