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October 7, 2008



Dear CODEPINKer,

The election is exactly four weeks away.Where is the national conversation about peace? With the economic crisis and the media's attention on bulls and pitbulls and pigs and lipstick, Iraq has been pushed off into the shadows. It's up to us to pull it back into the spotlight!

We saw how Congress bowed to the demands of Wall Street, turning a deaf ear to the needs of the people. And while the nation was focused on the bailout, Congress quietly passed a $615 billion defense spending bill! We can't let this happen again, not when so much is at stake. Let's use these last four weeks of the election cycle to bring the issues of Iraq and peace back to the forefront. Let's get out into our communities and build the people power we will need to bring the troops home and prevent future military disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

Click here to pledge to be a Voter for Peace and for the next four weeks, engage with your community to spread the message of peace. Talk to your friends and neighbors and attend political events, community events and debate parties with our petition and ask people to commit to peace. Not just with their vote, but beyond November 4th.

We've made pledging for peace fun! You can win great prizes, including a trip to DC in January to be with us in action during the Inauguration, and watch your influence spread across the map as you inspire more people to pledge to vote for peace.

>Together, we can build the team we will need to keep the pressure on through the next administration, no matter who ends up at the helm. As we saw last week, Congress caves all too easily to the call of Wall Street and the White House, pouring money into bailouts and defense that could have been put toward education and health care and renewable energy. Let's remind them that Peace needs to be at the top of their agenda.

Thank you for pledging to spread the word of Peace,
Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Medea, Nancy, and Rae

P.S. Thank you for standing in solidarity!
Here at home: Your support for green jobs, not war jobs helped--last week, more than 50,000 people across America sent a clear message to our leaders: "We're ready for green jobs now!" Click here to see report backs and continue to educate yourself further about the green economy. We can't drill and burn our way out of the current crisis. But, working together, we can invest and invent our way out.

>In Iraq: Learn about the incredible Iraqi nonviolent activist network, LaOnf, by watching their free DVD documentary, "Mesalla: Activists in Iraq." Click here to order your free copy now. LaOnf's Third Annual Week of Nonviolence starts on October 10th. Take action now by signing on to an international letter of support and sending a photo of yourself
to their solidarity gallery.
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