Global weapons sales topped 1 trillion dollars last year, with the U.S. accounting for a whopping $603 billion in military spending in 2008. Can you imagine what $603 billion dollars could do towards eradicating hunger, immunizing children, fixing broken infrastructure, creating sustainable jobs and providing quality education and housing?
Call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell your representative (Congressmembers and Senators) to vote NO on this supplemental.
And here we are again in 2009 about to pour billions of dollars into further death and destruction. Congress will soon vote on the 2009 Supplemental budget bill with $100 billion in continued funding for the military quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill is also loaded with unrelated junk and pet projects, such as money for a plan to spur domestic car sales, money for military aircraft the Pentagon doesn't want, and $5 billion to back credit lines to the International Monetary Fund.
We are writing to you specifically because you've been active in opposing war funding in the past. Thank you for your commitment--now more than ever we need to speak up. Once this money is gone, the war machine can continue on its deadly path. Our country can't afford this Supplemental, and we need to let our representatives know TODAY.
Stop Throwing Our $$$ Away!
Call your representatives at 202-224-3121 today. If your Congressmembers or Senators voted NO on the Supplemental bill the first time it appeared, be sure to thank them and urge her or him to hold strong and continue to vote NO. If they voted YES, please express your disappointment, and tell them to stop buying war and waste and vote NO.
You can find out how your Congressmember voted by clicking here.
You can find out how your Senator voted by clicking here.
You can view your representatives past votes on war funding here.
Thank you for continuing to speak out. We need to let our elected representatives know that we want our tax dollars to support peace and human needs, not more war.
Allison, Audrey, Blaine, Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janna, Janet, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Lydia, Medea, Nancy, Pam, Paris, and Rae
P.S. As Congress prepares to fund an escalation in Afghanistan, we are educating ourselves by listening to the voices of Afghan women. Read the fourth interview in our series "Afghan Women Speak Out"