Congressman to Read 100,000 Signature Petition Calling for No Funding for Afghanistan Escalation Into Congressional Record

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Brave New Foundation
Contact: 

Martha de Hoyos
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martha@bravenewfoundation.org

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 - 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

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