ACTION ALERT: Stop-Loss Congress; No Recess for Legislators while War Rages

March 12th, 2008 - by admin

Stop-loss – 2008-03-12 22:58:31

MARCH 10 to 12, 2008
Washington, D.C.:
Stop-Loss Congress

This March, while tens of thousands of Americans in Washington, D.C., and all over the United States will be participating in acts of nonviolent civil resistance to protest the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and involuntarily deployed US soldiers and innocent civilian victims will begin another year of occupation, torture, and murder, US congress members will be on vacation (from the 15th to 30th, technically a “district work period”), ignoring the killing and suffering they have enabled, supported, and financed.

To intensify the irony, Congress has condoned a widespread stop-loss policy in the military which requires soldiers to involuntarily extend their tours and prolong the killing. It is time to Stop-Loss Congress!

On Monday March 10, and Tuesday March 11, we will deliver “official” stop-loss notices to all members of Congress in their Capitol Hill offices. These will notify them that all of their LEAVES, VACATIONS and HOME VISITS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED until further notice.

Just as they require that active-duty personnel endure involuntary extensions of their tours of duty, we, the people for whom they work, are notifying them that they, too, will have their tours of duty INVOLUNTARILY EXTENDED until every foreign soldier and mercenary is out of Iraq, and home. When all the troops and contractors get home, then Congress can go home, and no sooner.

Monday evening March 10, 10 PM: Party at St. Stephen’s Church with political HIP HOP performers SON of NUN and HEAD ROC, Admission is by donation.

Tuesday evening March 11, 6PM-8PM: Premiere of the documentary film “DAD ON FIRE BLUES” by filmmaker Scott Haman at BUSBOYS & POETS in Washington, D.C. Carlos Arredondo will speak. Rick Burnley will recite poetry. LIVE Music by EMMA’S REVOLUTION.

On Wednesday March 12, We will take nonviolent action on Capitol Hill, to ensure that, while thousands of Iraqis, Afghanis, and foreign invaders die and are injured for life, the members of Congress and their staffs do not go home but remain to DO THEIR DUTY, and immediately end the funding of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. No members of Congress goes home until THE TROOPS COME HOME.

Participating Organizations: Hip Hop Caucus,, Backbone Campaign, Camp Casey Peace Institute, CODEPINK Women For Peace, Common Ground Collective New Orleans,, Global Network, Gold Star Families for Peace, Progressive Democrats of America, Our Spring Break, The Critical Voice, Artists Against The War, Cities for Peace,, Grandmothers Against the War, Kennebunks Peace Department, New Orleans Voices for Peace, Daughters of Vietnam Veterans, Why Not News, DC Chapter of IVAW, World Can’t Wait – Drive Out The Bush Regime!, Peace Majority Report, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, Coalition for the Constitution, Grassroots Impeachment Movement, Florida Peace Action Network, Liberty Tree, Maine Veterans for Peace, Boston IVAW, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Washington Peace Center, Delaware Valley Veterans for America, Texans for Peace, North Texas for Justice and Peace, Campus Antiwar Network, Courage to Resist, Action Center for Justice, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice,

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