vote for the "Out of Iraq" McGovern bill?
call your Congressperson
NOW and demand
to know why s/he is not supporting a peace strategy.
past week, CODEPINK reclaimed
Mother's Day with powerful actions in Congress, a Women's
Congress at our DC Activist House, and a beautiful Peace Festival
with hundreds of families and kids of all ages in front of
the White House. One mom told us her experience in DC "served
as kindling...it generated a fire and marks the beginning
of my involvement in the peace movement in a more active sense."
50 cities, from Casper, Wyoming to New York City, NY joined
our call to action with peace vigils, pink
flix house parties, picnics, parades, and more!
action reports, read our blog
and check out our latest
photos. Thousands signed our Mother's
Day Pledge and we delivered it to Congress last
Friday. We're still receiving dozens
of envelopes with pledge signatures daily--keep 'em coming!
Julia Ward Howe would be proud of our Mother's Day actions
and the inspiration and nurturing we bring to our communities!
week also marked another crucial turning point in our anti-war
work. Congress had a chance to reflect the overwhelming public
sentiment against the war in Iraq by voting on a bill that
calls for troops to begin withdrawal in 90 days and complete
it in 180 days. We were delighted to
see 171 members of Congress vote for the bill, including the
vast majority of Democrats and two Republicans. This
is a victory for the anti-war movement--these votes were cast
due to our non-stop pressure in the halls of Congress and
districts around the country! To our great dismay, 59
Democrats refused to vote for an orderly redeployment of troops
from Iraq. Six out of ten Americans want a timetable
for withdrawal; among Democrats, that figure rises to over
90%. Moreover, a majority of the Iraqi Parliament just voted
on a resolution for a timetable for withdrawal of US troops.
are calling on these 59 Democrats to listen to their constituents,
change their positions and support a speedy withdrawal of
our troops by the end of 2007. Join
us in calling for the troops to come home by the holidays!
your representative vote for McGovern's bill?
If so, call to thank her or him for voting Yes!
If not, hold your elected official
responsible today by calling, faxing, and making an appointment
to visit the office with the message that this No vote is
you've made your outreach, let us know their response so that
we can better address their resistance to bring the troops
Call your Congressperson today at (800) 828-0498.
who refused to vote for an orderly redeployment
of troops from Iraq, based on McGovern bill vote
on May 10, 2007
Davis, Lincoln (TN)
Green, Gene (TX)
Herseth Sandlin (SD)
- Democrats absent from vote:
Brown, Corrine (FL)
representatives work for us; let's hold them accountable!
Together, we can keep the pressure on Congress to bring our
troops home by the holidays.
Gloria Steinem wrote to CODEPINK on Mother's Day, "To
mother is to care about the welfare of another person as much
as one's own… So perhaps what Julia Ward Howe had in
mind when she created this day in 1870 - a day of opposing
war and uniting for peace - was not so much a Mother's Day
as a Mothering Day; a day that reminds us all, whether we
are young or old, male or female, of the possibilities within
us. I thank Julia and I thank each of you. Forever
more, we will be reminded that peace is not just the absence
of war, but the presence and possibility of mothering."
(Read full letter here)
Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Lori, Medea, Melissa,
Midge, Nancy, Patricia, Rae, Samantha, and Sonia
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