Now Our Work Begins

Now Our Work Begins
November 12, 2008
Dear jamesm,
President-elect Barack Obama and President George Bush met Monday in the Oval Office as the transition process gets underway. From a peace advocates perspective we have a lot of work ahead of us to urge President-elect Obama to end the Iraq war and occupation, de-escalate the war in Afghanistan, tamper down threats to Iran, Pakistan and others countries as well as begin to cut the immense and bloated defense budget.
It is a big agenda. Please make a contribution today so we can increase our efforts to pressure the new government for a real peace agenda.
During the campaign the positions of President-elect Obama were, at best, mixed. He promised to immediately begin the reduction of combat troops in Iraq – but he never promised to bring all the troops and mercenaries home. He advocated a bigger U.S. military, increased troops in Afghanistan and kept the military option on the table for Iran. At the same time he promised to increase diplomatic relations with adversaries like Iran and, most importantly, to "end the mindset" that got us into the war.
Since his election we have seen some troubling signals. The selection of Rep. Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff was a bad sign for informed peace advocates. Emanuel, as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2006 campaign, worked to replace peace candidates with candidates who did not advocate withdrawal. Many see him as the chief advocate for the post-2006 election Democratic strategy that kept the war going despite a peace mandate from the voters. Now, reports are that the president-elect is likely to keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in office – peace advocates are wondering, where is the change? But, then, there are also signs that his Afghanistan strategy is in flux – how much negotiation with Iran and the Taliban, how many troops vs. economic aid?
This is the time to give President-elect Obama a push – let him know peace advocates want change (write Obama at: http://change.gov/page/s/yourvision), urge him to:
End the Iraq occupation – bring all U.S. troops and mercenaries home. The economic crisis adds to the imperative and the Iraqi government and people want the U.S. to leave.
Reduce the military budget – a Pentagon advisory group has urged cuts in the budget saying the current budget is not sustainable. Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman of Banking has urged a 25% cut in the military budget. Economic recovery demands cuts in military spending.
Negotiate with Iran and stop threatening them. The U.S. and Iran have many common interests. Obama can move from an adversarial relationship to a constructive relationship.
Stop the border attacks on Pakistan and Syria. The U.S. does not need a wider war in the region; it needs to shrink military conflict.
Emphasize economic development and education in Afghanistan. Increasing the U.S. military presence is counterproductive.
The financial crisis makes the imperative to reduce military conflict and the military budget a greater imperative. Our parent organization, the Campaign for Fresh Air and Clean Politics, is starting a new project – Break the Bailout – which will advocate for stopping bailouts for the big banksters and putting money where it is needed in the economy. We’re announcing this project this week and our first effort is a money bomb that is targeted for December 7, 2008 to build a movement to stop the bailouts. More on this later – but get an advance look at www.BreakTheBailout.com – pledge now to show Washington that the people want an economy for them not for big business interests.
The Obama administration and transitions in Congress present tremendous opportunities for change. The economic crisis, failed war-quagmires and international pressure present opportunities for even more change than Obama promised. Obama asked the people to bring change to Washington and not wait for Washington for change – let’s do as he asked.
Please help us take advantage of these opportunities by taking action and donating to our efforts today.
Sincerely,
Kevin Zeese
Executive Director
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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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