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JFP 5/5: Ron Paul Backs McGovern; New Video; Iran OKs Brazil Mediation; Women Back Taliban Talks

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May 5, 2010

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VIDEO: Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan
Just Foreign Policy has made a short video to help publicize the McGovern bill and the importance of a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Watch; spread.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/feingold-mcgovern
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN03fOOCUOg

Current McGovern House co-sponsors: 64.
Ron Paul is on the bill. Tell all your Paulista friends. See the spreadsheet here, listing the co-sponsors.
http://noescalation.org

Who are the Kucinich 21?
Peace groups are working to get 100 co-sponsors on the McGovern bill. Currently, there are 64. If you look at the spreadsheet on noescalation.org, you see that there are 21 Members who voted a month ago for the Kucinich resolution - "out in 30 days" - who have not yet co-sponsored the McGovern bill. Who are they? Chu, Clay, Cleaver, Doyle, Gutiérrez, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Larson, Markey, Miller, Neal, Obey, Polis, Quigley, Rangel, Sanchez, Sanchez, Speier, Tierney, Towns, Tsongas, Velázquez, Waters.

Jubilee USA: Urge Congress to Support the Jubilee Debt Cancellation Act
HR 4405. The Jubilee Act will expand eligibility for 100 percent debt cancellation to 65 impoverished countries in the Global South, and presses for that cancellation not to be conditioned on harmful IMF/World Bank economic policies.

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JFP 5/4: Can Brazil Save the World From War With Iran?

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May 4, 2010

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Can Brazil Save the World From War With Iran?
We're at a new moment in international relations, in which countries outside of the permanent members of the Security Council and their handpicked allies are insisting on having meaningful input into fundamental international issues of war and peace, and are starting to have some success in pressing their case for inclusion. Brazil has been a leader in these efforts. The most striking example of this shift is the recent willingness of Brazil and Turkey to challenge the leadership of the United States on the question of responding to Iran's nuclear program.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/can-brazil-save-the-world_b_561475.html

Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan
Urge your representatives to support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill for a timetable for military withdrawal. (H.R.5015/ S.3197)
If we can get 100 co-sponsors in the House in the next few weeks, we may able to get on a vote on a withdrawal timetable when the House considers the supplemental.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/feingold-mcgovern

Current House co-sponsors: 63.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR05015:@@@P

Congresswoman Lee Introduces Congressional Resolution on the Case of Tristan Anderson

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Can Brazil Save the World from War with Iran?

Sao Paulo - For the last several decades, fundamental international issues of war and peace have been largely determined by a small group of countries, especially the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the US, Britain, France, Russia and China, with some input from the other so-called G7 industrial democracies: Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council each have a veto over UN Security Council resolutions; they are also the only countries recognized as nuclear-weapon states under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

We are now at a new moment in international relations, in which countries outside of the permanent members of the Security Council and their handpicked allies are insisting on having some meaningful input into these issues, and are starting to have some success in pressing their case for inclusion. Brazil has been a leader in these efforts.

The most striking example of this shift is the recent willingness of Brazil and Turkey to challenge the leadership of the United States on the question of responding to Iran's nuclear program.

JFP 4/30: 63 Back McGovern; NATO says combat for years

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April 30, 2010

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Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan
Urge your representatives to support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill for a timetable for military withdrawal. (H.R.5015/ S.3197)
If we can get 100 co-sponsors in the House in the next few weeks, we may able to get on a vote on a withdrawal timetable when the House considers the supplemental.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/feingold-mcgovern

New House co-sponsors: Twenty-five new House co-sponsors were listed today, including Donna Edwards and Keith Ellison, bringing the total to 63.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR05015:@@@P

Be the Media: Raise the Profile of the Afghanistan Withdrawal Bill
Write a letter to your local newspaper, urging support for the McGovern bill and a timeline for U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/mcgovern-lte

Atrocities in Afghanistan: A Troubling Timetable
Kathy Kelly and Dan Pearson provide a list of events showing a pattern: U.S./NATO officials first distribute misleading information about victims of an attack and later acknowledge that the victims were unarmed civilians.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/04/30-10

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Specter v. Sestak: Who's the Real Democrat on Afghanistan?

Yesterday, an organization that lobbies on peace issues asked me to contribute money in the upcoming Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary between Senator Arlen Specter and his challenger, Representative Joe Sestak. I'm ready to donate. But first I need a key piece of information: which candidate will act to end the war in Afghanistan?

Both candidates are currently serving in Congress, so we can compare their records. Last year, Senator Specter strongly opposed sending more troops to Afghanistan, while Representative Sestak strongly supported sending more troops.

But now the troops are on their way, and the key question facing Members of Congress right now on the Afghanistan war is this: who supports establishing a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan?

Whichever one comes out first saying that they support a timetable for withdrawal, that candidate will get my donation. Perhaps the candidates will address this in tomorrow's debate.

But even if the issue is not addressed during tomorrow's debate, there is a straightforward means to test which is the Afghanistan peace candidate: who will be the first to co-sponsor the Feingold-McGovern bill, which would require the President to establish a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan?

The support of either one would give this effort a major boost.

McGovern's House bill, H.R. 5015, currently has 63 co-sponsors, but not a single one of them is from the great state of Pennsylvania. Yet there are 6 co-sponsors from neighboring New York, three co-sponsors from New Jersey, one from Maryland, and two from Ohio. Representative Sestak would be a great addition to this list.

JFP 4/29: Baldwin Backs McGovern; US kills relative of Afghan lawmaker, sparking protests

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April 29, 2010

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Be the Media: Raise the Profile of the Afghanistan Withdrawal Bill
Write a letter to your local newspaper, urging support for the McGovern bill and a timeline for U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/mcgovern-lte

Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan
Urge your representatives to support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill for a timetable for military withdrawal. (H.R.5015/ S.3197)
If we can get 100 co-sponsors in the House in the next few weeks, we may able to get on a vote on a withdrawal timetable when the House considers the supplemental.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/feingold-mcgovern

New House co-sponsors: Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2]; Olver, John [MA-1], Napolitano, Grace [CA-38]. Current House co-sponsors, according to Thomas: 38.

Amnesty International USA Urgent Action: Journalists at Risk in Honduras
Six journalists have been shot dead in the last eight weeks, and numerous others have received death threats. No one has been held to account and no action taken to support and protect journalists.
http://www.amnestyusa.org/actioncenter/actions/uaa09410.pdf

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JFP 4/27: Schakowsky Backs McGovern; Obama Faces Decision on Taliban Talks

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April 27, 2010

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Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan
Urge your representatives to support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill for a timetable for military withdrawal. (H.R.5015/ S.3197)
If we can get 100 co-sponsors in the House in the next few weeks, we may able to get on a vote on a withdrawal timetable when the House considers the supplemental.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/feingold-mcgovern

New House co-sponsors: Ed Pastor [AZ-4]; Steve Rothman [NJ-9]; Jan Schakowsky [IL-9]. Current House co-sponsors, according to Thomas: 35.

A Year of War Would Pay for Local Jobs Bill
If McGovern's bill shortens the war in Afghanistan by a year, that would pay the two-year cost of the Local Jobs for America Act.
http://www.truthout.org/robert-naiman-a-year-war-would-pay-local-jobs-bill58848

Mondoweiss: UC divestment spreads - UC San Diego to vote on bill tomorrow
The resolution calls for the UC system to stop investing in companies such as General Electric and United Technologies, which supporters of the resolution claim promote violence by providing technology - such as helicopters and aircraft engines - to warring countries around the world. Senior Leena Barakat - who helped draft the resolution - said the UCSD version was altered to ensure that it condemned human-rights violations as a whole, and not specifically actions taken by the state of Israel.

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JFP 4/26: 90K Rally Against Okinawa Base; Nation Backs McGovern Bill

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April 26, 2010


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Reuters video: Japanese protest U.S. base
Japanese protesters in Tokyo demonstrate against the relocation of a U.S. military base on the island of Okinawa.
http://jp.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=77378494&videoChannel=-9993

Video: Bill Maher Challenges "Tea Parties" To Oppose the War
Cut the national debt? Maher proposes reducing military spending so that the U.S. only spends as much on the military as the next 8 countries combined, instead of the next 15 countries combined. "…and you know what America's big stupid boat is? It's our empire. We have an empire. We have half a million of our troops in other people's countries all over the world…"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/24/bill-maher-to-tea-baggers_n_550430.html

Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan
Urge your representatives to support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill for a timetable for military withdrawal.
If we can get 100 co-sponsors in the House in the next few weeks, we may able to get on a vote on a withdrawal timetable when the House considers the supplemental.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/feingold-mcgovern

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JFP 4/23: Frank Backs McGovern; a War Year Would Pay for Local Jobs Bill

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April 23, 2010

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$33 Billion for War, How Could I Spend Thee on Local Jobs?
If McGovern's bill shortens the war in Afghanistan by a year, that would pay the two-year cost of the Local Jobs for America Act.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/33-billion-for-war-how-co_b_549890.html

Rallies Sunday Against the Okinawa Base
In DC, San Francisco, Hawaii - and all over Japan.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113284008691890

Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan
Urge your representatives to support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill for a timetable for military withdrawal.
If we can get 100 co-sponsors in the House in the next few weeks, we may able to get on a vote on a withdrawal timetable when the House considers the supplemental.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/feingold-mcgovern

New co-sponsors as of 4/23: Frank; Holt; Visclosky.
Previous co-sponsors in the House: Capuano; Conyers; DeFazio; Delahunt; Duncan; Farr; Harman; Hirono; Johnson, Timothy; Jones, Walter; Kucinich; Lee, Barbara; Lujan, Ben Ray; Moran, James; Nadler; Pingree; Schrader; Serrano; Slaughter; Welch; Woolsey; Michaud; Filner; Oberstar; Moore, Gwen; Grijalva; Honda; Costello; Grayson.
Current total: 32
Current co-sponsors in the Senate: none. [!]

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A Year of War Would Pay for Local Jobs Bill

Sometime between now and Memorial Day, the House is expected to consider $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. This "war supplemental" is largely intended to plug the hole in Afghanistan war spending for the current fiscal year caused by the ongoing addition of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, whose purpose is largely to conduct a military offensive in Kandahar that 94% of the people there say they don't want, preferring peace negotiations with the Taliban instead.

Of course, by itself the number $33 billion is totally meaningless. To make it meaningful, we need to compare it to something - what else could we do with $33 billion?

A recent missive from the AFL-CIO gives a compelling answer: we could use $33 billion to put America back to work:

 

If the Local Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4812) becomes law, it will create or save more than 675,000 local community jobs and more than 250,000 education jobs, according to the latest estimates from the House Education and Labor Committee.

According to the House Education and Labor Committee, the bill includes $75 billion over two years for local communities to hold off planned cuts or to hire back workers for local services who have been laid-off because of tight budgets. The bill also includes $24 billion, already approved by the House in December, to help states support 250,000 education jobs, put 5,500 law enforcement officers on the beat, and retain, rehire, and hire firefighters.