Brownbaggers Not Teabaggers! Vigils Against War Funding Spread Across Nation

For Immediate Release


Laura Bonham
Communications Coordinator
, (435) 336-2123
Tim Carpenter, PDA Executive Director, (413)-320-2015

Brownbaggers Not Teabaggers! Vigils Against War Funding Spread Across Nation

WASHINGTON - Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) organized "brownbag" lunch
vigils against war funding at noon on Wednesday, January 20th, at the
district offices of 22 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

February 17th, PDA will be joined by CODEPINK, AfterDowningStreet,, the California Nurses Assn./National Nurses United, and
United for Peace and Justice in holding brownbag vigils outside (or
inside) at least 36 congress members' offices.

are demanding commitments to vote against more money for war. Slogans
on their posters include: "Healthcare not Warfare," "Corporations out
of Politics," "Bailout Main Street not Wall Street," and "Brownbaggers
not Teabaggers".

Vigils have been
planned in the following districts: AZ-5, CA-6, CA-9, CA-10, CA-18,
CA-22, CA-23, CA-40, CA-42, CA-45, CA-46, CA-48, CA-50, CA-53, FL-9,
FL-10, FL-17, ID-01, IN-9, MA-1, MA-2, MA-3, MA-10, MI-9, NY-18, NY-28,
OH-13, OH-17, PA-02, PA-7, PA-15, WA-2, WA-3, WA-6, WI-3, WI-7. These
are almost all at noon on Wednesday the 17th, but a few are at odd
times, so check the details:

are asking members of the House to publicly commit to voting No on any
bills that fund wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen, and to
publicly urge their colleagues and the House leadership to make the
same commitment. As lesser steps in the same direction, PDA is
encouraging congress members to cosponsor HR 2454, calling for an exit
strategy from Afghanistan, and HR 3699, prohibiting any increase in the
number of U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Congress members'
commitments are tracked at

have to choose between jobs and wars," said PDA's national director Tim
Carpenter. "The American people are on one side, but our so-called
representatives in Congress are on the other. The Supreme Court is busy
increasing corporate control of our elected officials. We need to be
busy enforcing the people's control before it is too late."

wasteful war and military spending," said PDA's deputy director Laura
Bonham, "we could have healthcare, jobs, housing, education, retirement
security, environmental sustainability, diplomacy and foreign aid. No
longer will we take seriously anyone's claim to support these things
while voting to fund more war."

Learn more about Brown Bag Lunch Vigils here:


Progressive Democrats of America is a grassroots PAC that works both inside the Democratic Party and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our goal: Elect a permanent, progressive majority in 2008. PDA's advisory board includes seven members of Congress and activist leaders such as Tom Hayden, Medea Benjamin, Thom Hartmann and Rev. Lennox Yearwood. More info:

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