Please mark your calendar for this critical opportunity to influence the
newly elected Congress, and to continue the mandate for peace that
swept the Democrats into power.
New House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi has invited all Democratic House
members to discuss the war in Iraq at a closed door meeting on Tuesday,
December 5. ?To set the tone for this meeting, we intend to remind them of the
mandate for peace that swept them into power in the first place. ?Please plan to
join dozens of peace organizations and thousands of fellow activists across the
country during the National Call-In Day on Iraq on Monday, December 4.
Despite the horrific escalation of violence in Iraq in recent weeks, many in
Congress and the administration sit and wait... for the Baker-Hamilton Iraq
Study Group report, for the Pentagon study group report, the White House
study group -- for anything they can hide behind. ?
The time for waiting is over. On November 7, the people gave Congress a
mandate for peace. ?Congress has the power to end the U.S. occupation on
Iraq and if it fails to do so, we will hold them responsible for the continued
violence in Iraq. ?We need to let them know that in no uncertain terms this
coming Monday, December 4, during the National Call-In Day on Iraq.
We will forward you more information this coming Monday to facilitate your call,
but the basic message will be simple: end the war, and get U.S. troops out of
Iraq. We will be encouraging Congress to use its Constitutional power of the
purse to do what President Bush will not do, and end the war by cutting or
otherwise restricting its funding.
There is much, much more to be done, of course, including promotion of the
international cooperation ? particularly among nations in the Middle East, such
as Iran ? that is desperately needed to stabilize Iraq and end its descent into
brutal violence and civil war. ?So there will be much more to come after
December 4, but for the immediate moment we want to send a single, clear,
powerful message to the new Congress ? end the war in Iraq.
Thanks again for marking your calendars, and for joining us on this critical
National Call-In Day on Iraq, this coming Monday, December 4.
Kevin M. Martin
P.S. - And while you have your calendars out, have you marked them yet for
January 27 and 29? Join Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice, and
thousands and thousands of Americans as we bring the Mandate for Peace to
Washington DC with a massive peace march on Saturday, January 27 and
Lobby Congress Day on January 29! Read more about it here.
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