Together, we made a statement for peace

From: "Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee" actioncenter@afsc.org

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the country gathered and showed the vitality and commitment of this nation’s pro-peace majority. Some of us stood silently as a quiet witness to the human cost of war. Some of us protested outside the offices of our U.S. Congressional representatives. Together, we commemorated the dead and wounded military service members and the Iraqi lives lost, while calling on Congress to stop funding the war, bring the troops home, and close U.S. military bases in Iraq.

And together, we made a powerful statement. Hundreds of local newspapers and TV stations covered “Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar” events. Most passersby showed that they, too, want the destruction to stop. We’re building up the momentum to end this war. You can help keep that momentum growing by supporting a bill about to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 2000th U.S. military death in Iraq prompted Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) to announce that he would introduce legislation to defund the war in Iraq. Between now and November 3rd, those of you represented by a Democratic or moderate Republican representative are urged to contact your elected official and ask that he/she join McGovern as an original co-sponsor of this new legislative initiative.

The new bill would end all funding for the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. It does not prohibit or restrict non-Defense funding for social and economic reconstruction in Iraq. Department of Defense funds could be provided for the safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq, and consultations with other governments, NATO and the UN regarding international forces to ensure Iraqi security, as well as financial assistance and equipment but not personnel to Iraqi security forces and/or international forces.

Please visit our online Action Center to email your Congressional representatives, asking them to co-sponsor McGovern’s bill.

You might also be interested to read some of the reports we’ve received from “Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar” events across the U.S. Reading through the short reports, from big events and small ones, has been moving. You can review them on http://www.afsc.org/2000/. Below is a quick sampling.

Clarksville, Tennessee Pictures of our vigil were on the FRONT PAGE of our local newspaper. …That's a miracle in this conservative army town. The spirit of Rosa Parks is still inspiring all of us to take a stand for our rights.

Debbie Boen

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Over one hundred people gathered for our vigil. …The tide seems to have turned in this basically red state...not one more death, not one more dollar is the basic feeling of the majority.

Darla Shelden

Albuquerque, New Mexico There were only 7 of us, but we read aloud the names of both Americans and Iraqis who have been killed so far. We asked God that we not find reason to return and hold vigil for the 3,000th American death.


Read more than 100 reports on our events and post your own at http://www.afsc.org/2000.

Thank you.


Peter Lems, for The Wage Peace Campaign team

Informant: Martin Greenhut


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