Obama promises all troops out of Iraq by Christmas

U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of this year, as required under a 2008 agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments. The Obama administration made repeated efforts to win approval for keeping some U.S. forces in Iraq after the Dec. 31st 2011 deadline, but the refusal by the Iraqi government to grant legal immunity to U.S. troops eventually doomed any such agreement, and forced the U.S. to hold to the earlier withdrawal timetable.

Rep. Tammy Baldwin: 'It's Time to End America's Longest War "

Rep. Tammy Baldwin writes on Huffington Post: 

Days after the attacks on our homeland, I voted to authorize the use of military force against the perpetrators and those who had aided and abetted them. I stand by that vote...

But today, ten years after the war began, the number of al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan is estimated at less than 100. Our objective is no longer clear, and neither is the rationale for our continued presence. After a decade of fighting, more than 2,700 coalition lives lost, and nearly half a trillion dollars spent (the equivalent of five years' worth of the federal budget for infrastructure), this has become a war without a mission -- and, thus, a war we cannot afford to continue.

We went into Afghanistan for the right reasons, but we are staying for the wrong ones. After ten years, it is time to bring America's longest war to a close and bring our troops home.

Mayors for Peace reaches 5000 member cities

With the addition of 19 new member cities on September 16th, Mayors for Peace reached 5003 member cities, becoming the largest international, direct-membership association of local governments in the world. Mayors for Peace member cities are located in 151 Countries and 188 U.S. Cities, including Wisconsin members LaCrosse, Madison, Milwaukee and Waukesha.  Since 2003, thousands of cities have been inspired to join Mayors for Peace in support of its ‘2020 Vision’ of a world free of nuclear weapons by the year 2020. The total number of citizens represented worldwide by Mayors for Peace is approaching one billion.

Moore, Baldwin ask for end to wars as priority for deficit reduction committee

Wisconsin's Gwen Moore and Tammy Baldwin are among 70 House members who have signed a letter to the six-member deficit reduction super-committee, asking the committtee to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

They write:

Welcome Home, Bonnie!

Bonnie Urfer, left, a 25-year staff member of Nukewatch, a WNPJ member group, spent eight months in Federal prison for a trespass conviction stemming from a July 5, 2010 protest at the Y12 nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Her release date was January 6th.  You can mail Bonnie at: NUKEWATCH, 740 "A" Round Lake Rd, Luck, WI 54853, 715-472-4185 or  Bonnie's statement to the court is a powerful indictment, not only of our nuclear weapons complex, but also of our nation's prison-industrial complex. Read and comment at the WNPJ blog, here...

'Iraq war veteran Jason Moon's CD is like a singing diary'

Jason Moon, singer-songwriter and veteran/peace activist, is featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profile. which includes a video.

He says his Peacemaker of the Year award in 2009 from WNPJ motivated him to do more to help veterans.

Jason will play a benefit for the Homeless Veterans Initiative sponsored by Milwaukee Veterans for Peace on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Coffee House, 631 N.

WNPJ Blog: Broken Promises, Broken Laws, and Broken Lives

WNPJ member Joy First, of Madison Pledge of Resistance, took part in an action of nonviolent civil resistance organized by Witness Against Torture that resulted in the arrest of fourteen people in the gallery of the House of Representatives. The participants read from a statement calling for the closure of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo and an end to the government's use of indefinite detention. Joy writes: "There are still 170 men illegally detained in Guantanamo. Most of them are innocent of any wrong-doing and have been cleared for release by our government. Yet they have no hope of ever being charged with any crime, having a trial, and worst of all, no hope of ever being released and reunited with their loved ones." Read and comment here...

US mayors say: Bring the war money home

Wisconsin mayors John Dickert of Racine and Paul Soglin of Madison were among those speaking in favor of a resolution passed by the US Conference of Mayors Monday, calling for efforts to end our current wars and asking the President and Congress to "bring these war dollars home to meet vital human needs."

The last time the mayors did that was during the Vietnam war. David Swanson offers a detailed rundown on how it happened.

Mayor Soglin also described the resolution on CNN. You can view the video below.

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