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Congressman to Read 100,000 Signature Petition Calling for No Funding for Afghanistan Escalation Into Congressional Record
Press Conference with Recently Returning Afghanistan Veterans to Follow
WASHINGTON - December 14 - Just two weeks after President Obama announced an additional troop surge for the war in Afghanistan, Brave New Foundation, CREDO Mobile, and True Majority collected upwards of 100,000 signatures on a petition calling for an end to the war. Congressman Alan Grayson will read the petition on the House floor. He will then join members of Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan at a news conference.
What: Congressman Alan Grayson Calls for a "No" Vote on Funding for Afghanistan Escalation
Who: Congressman Alan Grayson, Brave New Foundation Director Robert Greenwald, and Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan members Matthew Justice and Nathan Toth
Where: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2103
When: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
With the waning support for the war in Afghanistan, the petition signatures were gathered in record speed, signaling a strong anti-war sentiment in the American public.
"Continuing the war in Afghanistan is a terrible mistake. We do not need to have troops 8,000 miles from our shore to keep us safe. I hope the President will re-consider this decision." Congressman Alan Grayson
"A majority of Americans oppose escalating the war in Afghanistan," said Matt Holland, Director of TrueMajority, USAction's online department. "It follows that we should not deploy additional troops without an affirmative vote from Congress. And members of Congress should be mindful of what their constituents think about this colossal mistake."
"We have lost sight of our mission in Afghanistan. We need to determine what our goals are prior to sending more troops." Nathan Toth, Afghanistan War Veteran