For Immediate Release
Vigils in 100 Districts Urge Votes Against War Escalation Funds
WASHINGTON - April was the second month in a row in
which "brown bag" lunch vigils against war funding were held at
congressional district offices in over 100 districts around the country.
Organizations participating included: Progressive Democrats of America
(PDA), CODEPINK, AfterDowningStreet, the Backbone Campaign,
Democrats.com, the California Nurses Association / National Nurses
Organizing Committee, Healthcare Now, American Friends Service Committee
and United for Peace and Justice.
Brown Bag Vigils have been held on the third
Wednesday of each month since January. The next scheduled date is May
Brown-baggers are asking members of the House
to publicly commit to voting No on any bills that fund wars, and to
publicly urge their colleagues and the House leadership to make the same
commitment. This position necessarily includes opposition to the
proposed $33 billion supplemental expected in the coming weeks to fund
an escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Congress members' commitments
are tracked at http://defundwar.org.
PDA national director Tim Carpenter said "If
congress members want to claim they oppose wars or support job creation,
they have to vote against this $33 billion to escalate a war. And they
know that we know that any smaller measures, such as aid to Haiti, can
be passed separately if the war funding fails, and therefore there can
be no excuses for voting yes to fund the escalation."
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