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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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Imagine that U.S. diplomats are meeting regularly with Iranians and Syrians, that the U.S. continues to prohibit the Pentagon from establishing permanent military bases in the Iraq, that the bulk of U.S. combat troops are out of Iraq, and that Washington is supporting efforts to negotiate a ceasefire between the Iraqi government and violent, anti-U.S. insurgent groups. Problems still remain, but the U.S. has turned onto the pathway out of Iraq. Violence is decreasing.
We would have a radical departure from the U.S. war.
The White House press secretary announced this week that President Bush wants to establish a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq similar to the half-century long U.S. military role in South Korea. This public acknowledgement confirms what we at FCNL have long suspected: President Bush wants to establish a permanent military presence in Iraq.
Members of Congress have failed to respond to the public demand for a change in policy in Iraq. They are about to approve, and the president will sign, legislation providing nearly $100 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without insisting on a change in policy.
Congress has capitulated to the stubborn demands of President Bush just as they were beginning to take steps to correct the failed U.S.
strategy in Iraq.
America is faced with the prospect of a second arms race. Complex 2030 is the Department of Energy¹s (DOE) plan to rebuild the nuclear weapons complex in order to perpetuate nuclear warhead production indefinitely. The Kansas City Plant makes 85% of the components for all nuclear weapons and will be a major contributor in building any proposed new warheads. DOE has jumped the gun by planning to rebuild the Kansas City Plant before an informed public debate on the future of U.S. weapons policy.Currently the General Services Administration (GSA) is conducting a simple, stand alone Envir