Over 100 organizations requested "no" vote on war funding bill
coalition of 118 peace organizations asked the Progressive Caucus to
oppose the $100 billion War Supplemental, a measure that seems to have
worked - so far.
Leadership of the House of Representatives
stopped a vote on war funding scheduled for today because they do not
have the votes to pass the $100 billion dollar supplement.
The Democrats added three "explosive issues to the mix” of the coalitions’ rationale to halt the war funding supplement:
Preventing the release of torture photos by amending the Freedom of Information Act;
Funding the International Monetary Fund; and
Preventing funds to close Guantanamo Bay prison.
According to Voters for Peace, "This
mix has brought the vote below the majority needed to pass the new
exhorbitant supplemental for war funding. The leadership is in process
of twisting the arms of anti-war Democrats. With pressure this intense,
your representative needs to hear from you. S/he needs to know you
oppose more war funding."
Voters for Peace, a non-profit
organization, provides voters with information and tools needed to be
effective advocates that "includes educating your friends and family on
the occupation, writing letters to the media or working to hold
congressional and presidential candidates accountable" according to the
To date, 173,139 Americans have taken a stand for peace by taking the Peace Pledge facilitated by Voters for Peace.
Voters For Peace makes it easy to voice your opposition to war and support elected officials working for world peace
increase security at home and world peace, there are two things you,
your families and neighbours can do today that are both simple to do
and can be a high value learning project at home with the family:
Send a letter, an already drafted one that takes seconds to send as is,
to your elected official in the House of Representatives by visiting Democracy in Action Campaign.
2. Call and urge your elected official in the House of Representatives to vote no on war funding: 202-224-3121
top of the long list of reasons to oppose U.S. war funding is that the
present wars are illegal and immoral. The U.S. has no money to care for
its citizens needs at home and is in a deep recession, largely due to
its military spending.
The U.S. role in Iraq, Afghanistan and
Pakistan is doing more harm than good, adds to destabilization of the
region and is fueling anti-American sentiment plus there is no clear
mission for the war in Afghanistan and no exit strategy.
We have yet to see the first troops removed from Iraq.
Learn More: Get action alerts called Peace Perspectives, a valuable but free service of Voters for Peace.
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New American hero, Andre' Shepherd demonstrating courage to make Americans safer by resisting to kill
By Deborah Dupre' June 3, 2009
"I helped murder people in Iraq for nothing"
helped murder people in Iraq for nothing. These are things I'm not
proud of whatsoever, and I want to be able to turn this around and
bring the people ultimately responsible for this to justice. Because
had I known back then what I know now, I never would have signed up in
the first place.
Those are the
words of 32-year old AWOL (absent without leave) US Army man, Andre
Shepherd, according to an interview published in the national German
daily newspaper junge Welt on May 23, 2009, 60th anniversary of the
German Constitution and reprinted by Bruce Gagnon,longterm peace and justice coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.
Shepherd now lives in a western Germany asylum facility awaiting his asylum application outcome.
European Union directive requires it to grant asylum to soldiers who
have reason to fear persecution in their home countries for refusing to
participate in crimes or actions that violate international law, a
directive Shepherd believes is applicable in his case and is testing it.
High stake of persecution for refusing to kill
Many war resisters are punished with long jail sentences according to Jeff Paterson, Project Director for Courage to Resist, an organization supporting troops who refuse to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.
was not long ago that this college graduate from Ohio, Andre Shepherd,
now among the ranks of American peace and justice workers, was like
most recruits when he joined the U.S. Army in 2003, unemployed. He then
trained as a helicopter mechanic; was stationed in Germany at U.S. Army
Ansbach-Katterbach base; deployed in 2004 to Iraq for six months; and
in 2007, back in Germany, received orders to return to Iraq.
April 2007, Shepherd went AWOL, but after 19 months of living
underground in Germany, on November 26, 2008, he formally applied for
U.S. troop heroes oppose Iraq and Afghanistan "immoral and unjust" wars
Shepherd’s story was posted on Facebook, one friend quickly commented
beneath the article, “He's a hero! He should get medals for this!” and
others soon gave it the thumbs up.
more Americans understand that the militarism rebuilding over the past
28 years has been accompanied by policies that shifted from human needs
to warfare, the peace movement is growing, even among the troops.
2006 Zogby poll found that 72% of all U.S. troops in Iraq thought the
U.S. should immediately withdraw, many of those same troops now asked
to fight in Afghanistan knowing that in so doing, they would squarely
place Americans at home at greater risk of harm.
Army AWOL rates are at their highest since 1980 and the desertion rate jumped 80 percent since beginning of the Iraq War.
estimated 250 American war resisters have found refuge in Canada.
Shepherd’s case will determine if war resisters can legally have refuge
Courage To Resist staff and volunteers advocate for many war resisters including U.S. Army Victor Agosto.
according to the Associated Press, wrote on the bottom of a military
counseling statement submitted May 1st, 2009 to the commander of a Ft.
Hood, Texas Army unit headed for Afghanistan, There is no way I
will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral and unjust. It
does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect.