Dear CODEPINK Activist:
Two critical but easy-to-do actions are needed this week starting Monday April 11, 8 A.M. EST. Please call the Capital switchboard at 202-224-3121 and urge your Senator to vote NO! on TWO important issues:
1) Bush's nomination of John Bolton as US Ambassador to the UN (click here to read more)
2) Vote "Not one more dime for war and occupation" (click here for more info)
1) WE CAN STOP JOHN BOLTONíS NOMINATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Hearings on the nomination of John Bolton as US Ambassador to the UN begin in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday April 11. Urge your senator to reject Bolton as the worst possible choice for the job and for world peace!
Bolton, who served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the first Bush administration, is an advocate of unilateral U.S. military action, an opponent of arms control, and previously an advocate for withdrawal of US funds from the UN. John Bolton is NOT the right choice to represent the United States at the UN.
The United Nations, whose membership today includes nearly every nation in the world, was established to preserve peace through international cooperation and collective security. Through UN efforts, governments have concluded many multilateral agreements to make the world a safer, healthier and a more just place. The "go it alone" Bush administration is working hard to pull the US out of every international agreement and treaty in its effort to dominate rather than collaborate on global issues--and John Bolton exemplifies this attitude. Someone so disdainful of the UN should NOT be our UN representative. In this time of major armed conflict and nuclear proliferation, we need the UN more than ever. The US should be taking the lead in strengthening international cooperation, NOT killing it.
With your help, there is a chance that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made up of 8 Democrats and 10 Republicans, will tie the vote and the nomination will be squashed. It is likely that 8 democrats will reject Bolton's nomination and 9 republicans will vote to approve him. Senator Chafee (R-RI) has not declared how he will vote but has serious concerns with Bolton's nomination to the UN. We need to put pressure on the Committee members, especially Lincoln Chafee, to reject Bolton. If your Senator is on the committee , call him or her on Monday and every day the hearing continues, and tell everyone you know to call. If he or she is voting against Boltonís nomination, thank them AND ask their office to call Senator Chafee to urge him to vote NO on Bolton. You can call Chafee too! For more information go to: www.stopbolton.org/activist/
Richard G. Lugar
George V. Voinovich
John E. Sununu
Joseph R. Biden
Paul S. Sarbanes
Christopher J. Dodd
John F. Kerry
Russell D. Feingold
2) WE CAN INCREASE SENATE "NO" VOTES ON $81 BILLION FOR MORE WAR AND OCCUPATION
Monday, April 11 through Thursday, April 14, the Senate will debate and vote on Bush's emergency request for an additional $81 billion to continue the war and occupation in Iraq - a war without an exit strategy or a deadline. If our Senators truly want to support the troops, cutting off the funds for war is the best way to do it!
Starting Monday there will be a nationally coordinated call-in to Senators every day until Thursday, April 14. Tell your Senator to vote "NO!" on the supplemental. Also, urge them to speak out on the floor of the Senate and put on the record for the people of Iraq and this country that they believe the U.S. policy should be based on the premise that all U.S. military troops an bases should be withdrawn from Iraq.
Please call and urge your fellow citizens to call. We have designed a flyer that you can download and distribute by email or by hand: Let Peace Bloom (front) Cost of Iraq War (back). The flyer is also available to download on the CODEPINK homepage.
If we can increase the number of votes against the $81 billion by even one or two Senators, this will be an important step in the long-term fight to cut off funding for the war. HOLD YOUR SENATORS ACCOUNTABLE!! CALL 202-224-3121 STARTING ON MONDAY!!!
For more information, visit our home page www.codepinkalert.org and www.unitedforpeace.org.
power to the people,
Andrea, Dana, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Rae and Tiffany