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JFP 4/21: Honda, Grijalva Back McGovern's Afghan Withdrawal Timetable

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April 21, 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.
If we can get 100 co-sponsors in the House in the next few weeks, we may able to get a vote on a withdrawal timetable when the House considers the supplemental.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/feingold-mcgovern

New co-sponsors as of 4/21: Michaud; Filner; Oberstar; Moore, Gwen; Grijalva; Honda.
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.
Current total: 27
Current co-sponsors in the Senate: none. [!]

Highlights of the House Afghanistan Debate
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/housedebate

IJDH: Help Haitian Women Fight Against Rape
The Institute for Justice And Democracy in Haiti calls on the UN to step up its efforts to establish security for women in the camps.
http://www.change.org/haitijustice/petitions/view/help_haitian_women_fight_against_rape

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JFP 4/20: 100 co-sponsors needed for Feingold-McGovern

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April 20, 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.
If we can get 100 co-sponsors in the House in the next few weeks, we may able to get a vote on a withdrawal timetable when the House considers the war supplemental.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/feingold-mcgovern

Current 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, Jerrold; Pingree, Chellie; Schrader, Kurt; Serrano, Jose; Slaughter, Louise; Welch; Woolsey.
Current co-sponsors in the Senate: none. [!]

Peace Action: Talk with Rep. McGovern about ending the war in Afghanistan
You're invited to talk with Rep. Jim McGovern, Wednesday, April 21, 8:00 - 9:00 PM Eastern.
http://www.Peace-Action.org/mcgovern

Highlights of the House Afghanistan Debate
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/housedebate

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JFP 4/16: Do "Liberals" Support the War in Afghanistan?

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April 16, 2010

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Do "Liberals" Support the War in Afghanistan?
A poll posted yesterday on the liberal web site Daily Kos asked respondents about the Feingold-McGovern bill, which would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Here is the result:
Poll: "I would like my Representative and Senators to co-sponsor the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill."
Yes 90% 613 votes
No 9% 66 votes
Total: 679 votes
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/4/15/857508/-Feingold,-McGovern-Introduce-Bill-to-End-Afghanistan-War

Urge Congress to End the War in Afghanistan
Urge your representatives to: oppose the war supplemental, support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill for a timetable for military withdrawal, and support peace negotiations.
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Highlights of the House Afghanistan Debate
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/housedebate

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JFP 4/15: U.S. Clarifies Local Support Not Necessary for Kandahar Offensive

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April 15, 2010

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Feingold, McGovern Introduce Bill to End Afghanistan War
The key idea of the bill is straightforward. By January 1 - or within 3 months of the enactment of the bill, if that is earlier - the President is required to submit to Congress a plan for the redeployment of the U.S. military from Afghanistan, with a timetable for doing so. After submitting the plan, the President has to update Congress every 90 days on how the implementation of the plan is going. The importance of establishing a timetable for military withdrawal cannot be overstated.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/4/15/857508/-Feingold,-McGovern-Introduce-Bill-to-End-Afghanistan-War

Call Congress Against the War in Afghanistan
Urge your representatives to: oppose the war supplemental, support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill for a timetable for military withdrawal, and support peace negotiations. The Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. When you've completed your call, you can report the result by following this link:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/543

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Highlights of the House Afghanistan Debate
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/housedebate

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Feingold, McGovern, Jones Introduce Bill to End the War in Afghanistan

Yesterday, Senator Russ Feingold, Representative Jim McGovern, and Representative Walter Jones announced the introduction of legislation that - if it attracts enough support - could end the U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan, and bring the troops home.

The key idea of the bill is straightforward. By January 1 - or within 3 months of the enactment of the bill, if that is earlier - the President is required to submit to Congress a plan for the redeployment of the U.S. military from Afghanistan, with a timetable for doing so. After submitting the plan, the President has to update Congress every 90 days on how the implementation of the plan is going.

The bill allows Members of Congress to sign their names in favor of the all-important policy of having a timetable for military withdrawal, without everyone having to agree on a specific proposal for what the end date should be. Instead, it instructs President Obama to tell us what he thinks the plan should be.

The importance of establishing a timetable for military withdrawal cannot be overstated.

If you want to figure out how we are going to get the hell out of Afghanistan, the most obvious precedent to look at is: how are we getting the hell out of Iraq? And the answer is: with a timetable for military withdrawal, which is now the basis of a signed agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments.

U.S. officials have repeatedly conceded that the endgame in Afghanistan includes a negotiated political settlement between the Afghan government and the main insurgent groups in Afghanistan. Such a settlement will only be possible if it is supported by the United States, and the key chip that only the United States can bring to the negotiating table is willingness to agree to a timetable for military withdrawal. So long as the United States refuses to agree to a timetable for withdrawal of U.S.

Feingold, McGovern Introduce Bill Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Senator Feingold, Representative McGovern and Representative Walter Jones have announced the introduction of legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the redeployment of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

In the Senate, S. 3197; in the House, H.R. 5015.

Feingold's announcement is here.

The bill can be read here.

You can ask your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor it here.

JFP 4/14: Historic Feingold-McGovern Bill Introduced for Afghanistan Withdrawal

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April 14, 2010

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Call Congress Against the War in Afghanistan
Urge your Representative to: oppose the war supplemental, support a military withdrawal timetable (i.e. the Feingold-McGovern bill), and support peace negotiations. The Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. When you've completed your call, you can report the result by following this link:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/543

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Feingold-McGovern-Jones Afghanistan Withdrawal Bill Introduced
Requires the President to present Congress with a timetable for the redeployment of U.S forces from Afghanistan. In the Senate, S. 3197; in the House, H.R. 5015.
http://feingold.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=323809

Rethink Afghanistan: General McChrystal's Plan for Kandahar, Afghanistan, Collides With Reality
General McChrystal claimed that the U.S. offensive in Kandahar would have the support of the local population. But reality is the opposite: shockingly, Afghan civilians don't want to be shot by U.S. soldiers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxcKxvVBOSw

Kucinich Voices Concern Over Futenma Base Relocation

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Kucinich Voices Concern Over Futenma Base Relocation

Representative Dennis Kucinich sent a letter to Norman Dicks, chair of the House subcommittee on defense appropriations, expressing concerns about U.S. plans to relocate the U.S. base at Futenma in Okinawa to Nago, and urging that the concerns of Okinawa residents be taken into account. The letter is here.

JFP 4/13: U.S. Killings of Afghan Civilians Fuel Karzai's Anger

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April 13, 2010

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http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/543

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Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
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Progressive Democrats of America: No Unconditional Military Aid to Israel
In January, President Obama requested a record $3 billion in military aid to Israel. The House of Representatives may soon grant the request, which is currently with the House Appropriations Committee. PDA opposes the unconditional granting of these funds. Now is the time to let your congressional representatives know that you too oppose the unconditional granting of such aid. PDA cites 3 conditions: freeze on settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; allowing sufficient food, medical aid, sanitation and building supplies into Gaza; compliance by the Administration with the Congressional mandate to investigate possible violations of the Arms Control Export Act during the Israeli invasion of Gaza.

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JFP 4/12: Kandahar Elders Oppose Kandahar Offensive

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April 12, 2010

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U.S. Military Still Lying About Special Forces Night Raid in Afghanistan
Regardless of whether U.S. Special Forces removed bullets from the bodies of the Afghan women they just killed, as charged by the victims' relatives - and if they did, what their motivation was for doing so - spreading the story that the women's bodies had been found "tied up" and "gagged," as NATO did in a Feb. 12 press release still posted on its web site, if that was not true, would meet any disinterested observer's definition of the word "coverup."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/us-military-still-lying-a_b_532364.html

Highlights of the Afghanistan Debate
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/video/housedebate

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