[act-ma] [UJP] National Call-in to Congress - Tuesday May 24 - Bring the Troops Home !!

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UJP:  National Call-in to Congress - Tuesday May 24 - Bring the Troops Home !!








 NATIONAL CALL-IN TO CONGRESS - TUESDAY MAY 24 - BRING THE TROOPS HOME !!
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In the next two days, the House of Representatives will be voting on the 2012
Defense Authorization bill. United for Peace and Justice is banding together
with more than 20 national groups for a call-in today Tuesday May 24 demanding
an end to the war in Afghanistan. The Friends Committee on National Legislation
is providing all groups with a toll-free number 1-888-231-9276. 

Please call today and forward this message to your organization, friends and
family!!!

Tell your member of Congress  "It is time we brought our troops home from
Afghanistan and stopped wasting the billions we urgently need for domestic
programs on a senseless war. The last thing Congress should be doing is
authorizing endless war, but that's exactly what the 2012 National Defense
Authorization Act does. "

Ask your representative to support amendments, which 1/ restrict funding to be
used only for the safe and orderly withdrawal of all US troops and contractors
from Afghanistan (Lee) or 2/ which require the President to submit a plan and
date for ending the U.S. war (McGovern-Jones) and **3/ which strike out language
that effectively expands the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force.

Toll-free number 1-888-231-9276. If line is busy, use Congressional switchboard
202 224-3121.

Background: Across the United States vital domestic programs are being slashed
as federal dollars dry up. Meanwhile the  killing of bin Laden in Pakistan
highlights once again the irrelevance of the war in Afghanistan. It's long past
time to stop wasting lives and money and to bring this conflict to an end.

Unfortunately, the Congress remains on automatic pilot for war. Last week the
House Armed Services Committee by a vote of 60-1 passed a FY 2012 Defense
Authorization bill,  which includes another $553 billion in defense spending,
plus $118 billion to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tucked away in
section 1034, is an expanded authorization for the use of force, which allows
the President to respond to threats from Al Qaeda, the Taliban  and "associated
forces." This new innocuous-sounding phrase opens the door for an administration
to attack anywhere without Congressional consent, claiming that it is pursuing
"associated groups."






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