CODEPINK Actions: Afghanistan: Obama is dead wrong; etc..

CODEPINK Actions: Afghanistan: Obama is dead wrong; etc..
Afghanistan: Obama is dead wrong
July 25, 2008
Dear Friend,

We are guardedly optimistic about the growing consensus for a
timeline to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. But unlike Barack Obama,
we don’t want to see our troops removed from the "bad war" in Iraq
only to be sent to fight "the good war" in Afghanistan.

One of the very first actions of CODEPINK when we formed in 2002 was
to go to Afghanistan to see, firsthand, the results of our invasion.
We were horrified by the "collateral damage" — the steady stream of
innocent civilians killed and maimed by our "smart bombs." We pushed
our government to stop killing civilians and to compensate the
families of those who we had mistakenly killed or maimed.

Seven years later, innocent Afghans continue to be killed by our
troops, more US soldiers are now dying in Afghanistan than Iraq, the
Taliban are gaining new strength, opium production has soared, and
Osama bin Laden has not been found. The Afghan people continue to be
among the poorest in the world, women continue to be oppressed, and
the U.S. government reneged on its promise of a "Marshall Plan" to
rebuild Afghanistan.

Barack Obama and John McCain are advocating the exact
same "solution": Send more troops. But more troops will only mean
more violence, more suffering, more killing of innocents, and more
recruits for the Taliban.

We know that war is not the answer, but what is? Should the U.S.
peace movement call for talks with the Taliban? In Iraq, the U.S.
government has not just talked to Sunni insurgent groups that killed
U.S. soldiers but it is now allied with them.

Back in 2006, Greg Mills, an advisor to the NATO forces in
Afghanistan, wrote: "Countering an insurgency requires a mix of
military pressure, institution-building, reconstruction and
development, and international aid. But ultimately, the key to
defeating it is political accommodation. In Afghanistan, that means
talking to the Taliban."

A June 2008 report by Canada’s Senate Committee on National
Security, said, "The conflict in Afghanistan could go on for a very
long time if there is no attempt to resolve the issue through
diplomacy."

Would you advocate a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops? How
can we best support Afghan women?

Click here to share your thoughts with us and take our survey about
the issues that are being brought to the surface by Obama’s recent
trip to Afghanistan. You can join the conversation by posting your
comments on Common Dreams and Huffington Post. We will cull through
your responses and comments and promote the best to the presidential
candidates. Surely we can come up with a better answer than simply
advocating more violence!

Thank you for your insights and your commitment to peace.
Alicia, Anne, Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean,
Jodie, Liz, Lori, Medea, Nancy, Rae and Tighe

P.S. While Obama has been in Iraq listening to generals, we are
listening to the soldiers standing up against war. James Burmeister,
who suffers from PTSD and other ailments related to traumatic brain
injury, was recently court-martialed for refusing to return to Iraq
and speaking out against the horrors of war. He is currently serving
six months in prison for his courageous stand. You can read more
about his story here and send a letter of support- get the address
here.

P.P.S. Our website Dontbuybushswar.org won the 2008 Progressive
Source Awards Judges’ Choice for Best Microsite, making this
CODEPINK’s second win in a row! Congratulations to Farida Sheralam,
our brilliant webmistress, who continues to make our work shine. Be
sure to check out her awesome new homepage redesign at
http://www.codepinkalert.org.

Take our survey and share with us your thoughts about Afghanistan

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=6QMnTTvH_2fnoAaLBA6O17mw_3d_3d

Send a letter of support to war resister James Burmeister

http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=4303

Join CODEPINK
at the DNC/RNC

What are we doing about Denver & Minneapolis?
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July 18, 2008
Dear Friend,

This year at the party conventions, the whole nation’s eyes will be
turned towards the spectacle of power politics. I am going to Denver
and Minneapolis this summer because I want to stand in opposition to
the bankrupt foreign policy represented by both the Republican and
the Democratic Parties.

I will be there to represent the politics of caring — the politics
of the people.

Jodie Evans, CODEPINK co-founder

This summer CODEPINK will be bringing our messages of peace, justice
and sustainability to both the Democratic and the Republican
National Conventions, and we invite you to join us.

We will call for real change in the way our government conducts its
business: change that saves lives, money, and safeguards the future
of our children. We will stand for a just foreign policy and urge
diplomacy with Iran. We will call for peace — immediate, tangible,
and lively. We will work to make the world we hope for a reality.

It is critical to remind the Democratic and the Republican parties
that in a true democracy the voices of the people are heard and
their interests represented. The people have made it clear that they
want to see an end to the US military occupation of Iraq and that
they do not want to be dragged into another unnecessary war, in Iran
or anywhere else, ever again.

Please join us in our actions at the DNC and RNC.

http://www.codepinkalert.org/modinput4.php?modin=97

If you can’t travel to meet us, sign up with the PeaceRoom2008 team
and support our efforts where you are.

Together we will work towards our vision for a more equitable and
greener world.

With peace and hope,
Alicia, Anne, Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean,
Jodie, Liz, Lori, Medea, Nancy, Rae and Tighe

P.S.

Check out recent media hits! Last week’s PINK Peace Flotilla caught
on FOX’s Hannity & Colmes (VIDEO) and this week’s Salon.com article.

Check out events near you for the National Days of Action to
prevent an attack on Iran, July 19 – 21 and find out if your
Representative is a cosponsor — urge them to withdraw support today!

Why Go to the Conventions?

Join Us in Action
at the DNC/RNC

Sign Up to
Organize Locally
for the Conventions & Elections 2008

Stop the push to war with Iran
— Find an event near you!

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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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