It's a new year, and with it, a new look for Peace Action! Welcome to the 2011 version of Peace Action's monthly e-newsletter.
Over the course of this year, we'll be upgrading the look and feel of Peace Action, including a new website coming soon!
We hope to make our e-mails:
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We hope these changes will improve our communication as well as our community, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
Kevin M. Martin
Congresswoman Lee: More Troops Not the Answer in Afghanistan
Last week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) issued the following statement in response to reports that an additional 1,400 U.S. troops will be deployed to Afghanistan in the coming weeks, with as many as 3,000 total troops being considered for added deployment:
"I categorically oppose a further escalation of the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan.
"In 2001, I placed the lone vote against the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Afghanistan because I believed that it might pave the way to open-ended war," said Congresswoman Lee. "Unfortunately, each week brings additional news that my worst fears have been realized. Read More
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Move the money from wars and weapons back to our communities!
by Judith Le Blanc
January 17 marks the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's "military industrial complex" speech. As he left the White House, Ike warned that the synthesis of the military and corporations in setting government policies would present a growing danger to democracy.
In 1953, at the beginning of his presidency, Ike gave a speech, not often quoted, in which he said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." Read More
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April 3-6: ANA DC Days Lobby Weekend
Join Peace Action members from around the country for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's 24th annual DC Days! The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) will be bringing anti-nuclear activists from around the country to DC April 3rd-6th to deliver some "Nuclear Reality Check$" to Congress and the Obama Administration. This is the perfect opportunity for new or seasoned disarmament and environmental activists to reject Obama's nuclear give-away, encourage fiscal responsibility, and have fun with other activists from across the country. Read More
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