For Immediate Release
On Eve of Tax Day, Republican and Democratic Congressmembers Rally Against America’s Hard Earned Income Going to Fund the War in Afghanistan; Veterans, Other Groups to Join
Thousands of Americans Send IOUs to Washington DC Protesting the Outrageous Sums of Income Going Towards the War in Afghanistan; IOUS Part of Rethink Afghanistan Campaign
WASHINGTON - What: April 14 Press Conference
A bipartisan group of Members of Congress will be discussing the thousands of IOUs they have received from constituents on the war in Afghanistan and the escalating costs of the war to the American tax pay payer. Members of congress will be accompanied by participating organizations and veterans. This press event in reaction to Rethink Afghanistan’s IOU campaign (www.RethinkAfghanistan.com). Rethink Afghanistan is a project of Brave New Foundation.
Who: Members of Congress includes:
- Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.)
- Walter Jones (R-N.C.),
- John Conyers (D-Mich.),
- Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
- Mike Honda (D-Calif.),
- Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas),
- Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and
- James McGovern (D-Mass.)
- Others TBD
Organizations and veterans attending include:
- Jim Wallis, (Sojourners)
- Matthew Hoh (Afghanistan Study Group),
- Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (Center for Advanced Defense Studies),
- Michael Ostrolenk (Liberty Coalition),
- Jacob Diliberto (Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan), and
- Bruce Fein, Author and Columnist
When: Thursday, April 14, from 2:30-3pm.
Where: 441 Cannon House Office Building
Online Action: Rethink Afghanistan’s new Afghanistan War Tax Calculator (www.RethinkAfghanistan.com)
Tax Day is just around the corner (April 18), and the costs to the taxpayer from the Afghanistan War have never been higher. Total direct costs just for 2011 alone are expected to exceed $107 billion.
Rethink Afghanistan, together with a variety of other groups and elected officials from across the ideological spectrum (see below) is working to focus Americans’ attention on excessive military spending on Afghanistan and other ventures and to put them in touch with their representatives in Congress.
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