October 2011

JFP 10/13: Experts Doubt Iran Plot; Block Bahrain Arms Sale; Arrests at Armed Services

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October 13, 2011

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***Action: Press Congress to Oppose the Bahrain Arms Sale
While the U.S. has been vocal about human rights abuses in Syria, it's been quiet about the crackdown against the democracy movement in Bahrain, a U.S. ally. Victims of the crackdown have demanded the U.S. show consistency and speak forcefully about human rights abuses in Bahrain. But the Pentagon intends to sell $53 million worth of weapons to Bahrain, an action likely to be seen as a U.S. seal of approval on the anti-democracy crackdown.

Rep. Jim McGovern and Sen. Ron Wyden have introduced a resolution of disapproval to block the arms sale. Broad Congressional support for this resolution would increase pressure on the Administration to speak up about human rights in Bahrain.

Ask your Representative and Senators to add pressure on the Administration to change its policy on Bahrain by signing the McGovern-Wyden resolution.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/bahrainarmsdeal

Seven People Occupying DC Arrested Protesting Wars at House Armed Services Committee
Interrupt Def. Sec. Panetta with "Troops Home" Message

Dozens of people who are part of Occupy DC, camping out in Freedom Plaza and McPhearson Square, packed the line to get into the House Armed Services Committee where Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was testifying.

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Propaganda By Deed: 99% Protesters #Occupy the Senate

On Tuesday, protesters from #FreedomPlaza and #occupydc in Washington #occupied the Senate. In the morning, they #occupied the Senate Hart office building. The Hart office building has an atrium which is a great protest space. Protesters chanted, "End the Wars!"

This demand has widespread support. Sixty-two percent of Americans want U.S. troops out of Afghanistan in two years or less. Seventy Members of the House have written to the debt-reduction Supercommittee, asking it to end the wars as part of its deficit reduction plan. But the Pentagon is planning to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for another decade or more.

In this Guardian video, you can see that there was no way to be in the Hart building and not know that there was a protest going on demanding that the wars end.

 

In the afternoon, protesters #occupied the Senate Finance Committee, which was considering three trade deals being pushed by Wall Street: with Colombia, Korea and Panama.

An Iran Policy for the 99%: Yes to the Medical Nuke Deal

I marched through downtown Washington Saturday afternoon with the "#OccupyDC" folks. One of the most popular chants around me was: "How to end this deficit? End the wars, tax the rich!" Apparently the 99% in DC have no trouble talking about ending the wars and taxing the rich in the same breath. I hope that others will emulate them.

I take it as obvious that "end the wars" means not only that we should get all our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but that we shouldn't start a new war with Iran. Don't you? Surely a key lesson of the last ten years is that once a war is started, it can be incredibly difficult to end it. This is one of the reasons that the neocons love starting wars. Starting a war allows them to create a long-term structural change in the political terrain - one that can long outlast their time in office - sucking resources and focus from the productive, domestic economy that employs and nourishes the 99% to the military economy that makes the military contractors rich but creates few jobs in the U.S. compared to domestic private and public spending.

And another key lesson of the last ten years is this: if we want to stop wars in the future, we can't wait to act until the war advocates have all their ducks in a row. We have to "disrupt their plots," to borrow a phrase. Millions marched worldwide a month before the start of the Iraq war. As an expression of popular clamor for peace, it was great. But as a means of stopping the war, it was too late. The war train had already left the station.

JFP 10/7: Afghans protest US occupation; Harvard study calls for UN troop exit from Haiti

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October 7, 2011

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We, the 99%, Demand the End of the Wars Now
The gap between the Pentagon's plans and the values and interests of the 99% is revealed by a CBS poll. 62% of Americans want US troops out of Afghanistan within two years. But the Pentagon wants to keep US troops in Afghanistan for another 13 years. [Includes video of anti-drone protest in DC this morning.]
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/07-11

Call Congress End the Wars and Cut the Military Budget
FCNL has established a toll-free number: 1-877-429-0678. Urge your Rep. and/or Senators to press the Supercommittee to end the wars and cut the military budget. In talking to your Rep., urge support for the Lee-Campbell bipartisan letter to the Super Committee on cutting military spending. You can report the results of your call here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/10thanniversarycall-in

Lee-Campbell Bipartisan Letter to Super Committee on Military Spending:

Urges the Super Committee to consider cuts to military spending; notes that a trillion dollars can be cut from projected spending without harming national security.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1031

Harvard Group Publishes White Paper Reviewing Human Rights Abuses by UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti; Calls for MINUSTAH withdrawal

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We, the 99%, Demand the End of the Wars Now

After ten years of war, now is a perfect time to act to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Friends Committee on National Legislation has set up a toll-free number for us to call Congress: 1-877-429-0678. A Congressional "Supercommittee" is charged with coming up with $1.5 trillion in reduced debt over ten years, and the wars and the bloated Pentagon budget dangle before the Supercommittee like overripe fruit.

A recent CBS poll shows how far out of step with the 99% the Pentagon's plans are. 62% want U.S. troops out within two years. But the Pentagon wants to stay for at least thirteen more years.

So what else is new, you may say. The Pentagon wants to stay everywhere forever.

Afghanistan 10th Anniversary Call-In

Report back here concerning your call to Congress on this the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan.

JFP 10/5: Call Congress Thur.; B. Frank calls troop extension "totally unacceptable"

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October 5, 2011

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Call Congress Thursday: End the Wars and Cut the Military Budget
FCNL has established a toll-free number: 1-877-429-0678. Urge your Rep. and/or Senators to press the Supercommittee to end the wars and cut the military budget. In talking to your Rep., urge support for the Lee-Campbell bipartisan letter to the Super Committee on cutting military spending.

Lee-Campbell Bipartisan Letter to Super Committee on Military Spending:

Urges the Super Committee to consider cuts to military spending; notes that a trillion dollars can be cut from projected spending without harming national security.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1031

Markey: Freeze the Nukes, Fund the Future
FCNL is working with Markey's office on a letter to the Super Committee urging a freeze in spending on military nukes.
http://fcnl.org/images/issues/nuclear/freeze_the_nukes_fund_the_future/

Assaf Oron: Israel Settlers Nearly Lynch-Mob Activists with Police Looking on
Israeli settlers carry out "pogrom" against Israeli peace activists and Palestinians while Israeli police do nothing.
http://theonlydemocracy.org/2011/10/israel-settlers-nearly-lynch-mob-activists-with-police-looking-on/

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Lee-Campbell Bipartisan Letter to Super Committee on Military Spending:

Lee-Campbell Bipartisan Letter to Super Committee on Military Spending:

Dear Colleague,

As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or the ‘Supercommittee’, seeks out savings and works to end wasteful spending throughout the federal budget, it is critical that all federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, are subject to the same level of scrutiny and consideration. Significant savings can be realized without compromising our national security.

One of the main drivers of our deficit is military spending and it must be on the table for the committee to consider as they seek to reduce our deficit.

Please join us in calling for the Supercommittee to consider savings opportunities throughout our defense spending.

Please note that the letter specifically rejects any cuts that would compromise the security of American troops in the field, as well as any cuts in services and increases in fees for our veterans and military retirees.

If you are interested in signing on or have any questions about the letter, please contact Teddy Miller in Congresswoman Lee’s office; or Christopher Bognanno in Rep. Campbell’s office.

Sincerely

Barbara Lee John Campbell
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Barney Frank Ron Paul
Member of Congress Member of Congress

Gwen Moore Rush Holt
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Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Chairman Mark Prater
Senator Patty Murray (Co-Chair)
Senator Max Baucus
Senator John Kerry
Senator Jon Kyl
Senator Pat Toomey
Senator Rob Portman
Representative Jeb Hersarling (Co-Chair)
Representative James Clyburn

JFP 10/4: Human Rights Watch says no progress on killings of trade unionists in Colombia

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October 4, 2011

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AFL-CIO: Stop the Colombia Trade Agreement
As Human Rights Watch reports (see #1 below), Colombian trade unionists continue to be killed with impunity. The AFL-CIO has provided a toll-free number to call your representatives in Congress to oppose Congressional passage of the agreement: 1-800-718-1008. Public Citizen's statement is here:
http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=3423

On October 6, Let's Make a National Clamor for Peace
On October 7, 2011, the United States will have been at war for ten years. Let's mark the occasion by making a national clamor for peace so loud that Congress, the president, and big media will have to pay attention. By making a national clamor for peace on October 6, we'll pre-empt the media narrative that Americans don't care about the wars.
http://www.truth-out.org/october-6-lets-make-national-clamor-peace/1317305972

Greg Grandin and Keane Bhatt: 10 Reasons Why the UN Occupation of Haiti Must End

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