WNPJ Blog: Atrocities in Afghanistan -- A Troubling Timetable

Kathy Kelly and Dan Pearson, co-coordinators of Voices for Creative Non-violence , a WNPJ member group, write of the sorrow and horror inflicted upon innocent Afghan civilians by the US-led war there, detail some specific cases, and call for activists to support a withdrawal timeline for US troops. Read it here.

At town meeting with Moore and Kucinich, 200 call for end to wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

Two hundred people turned out in Milwaukee for a town meeting on Iraq and Afghanistan Sunday with Reps. Gwen Moore and Dennis Kucinich, and television news reports said there wasn't a single voice in support of the wars. The WTMJ-TV report featured longtime activist John Gilman, 89, a decorated World War II veteran, speaking out against war. One note of concern:

Thank Baldwin, Moore for votes against Iran sanctions bill

Wisconsin Representatives Tammy Baldwin and Gwen Moore provided two of only 11 "no" votes in the House of Representatives on a bill expanding sanctions against Iran. The bill would make U.S. parent companies liable for the acts of their non-U.S. subsidiaries that engage in trade with Iran and "Restore prohibitions on imports of carpets and certain food products." Perhaps more important than the actual content of the legislation was the bill's role in feeding an escalating PR campaign that could lead us to war.

WNPJ Blog: Ten lessons from a U.S. defeat

Remember Iraq? "No blood for oil"? "Bush lied, people died"? Takes you back, doesn't it? These days, even for that small percentage of Americans who still pay attention to any of our wars, Iraq seems like last year's news. It's a shame that, at the precise moment when the Iraqi people are having some success at forcing the U.S. occupiers from their soil, the attention of the U.S. peace movement is elsewhere, because there's much we can learn from Iraq about how to end an occupation and defeat an empire. And "defeat" is exactly the word to apply to the U.S. imperial project in Iraq. Read and comment here...

"Carbon Footprint of War" flyers

Did you know a B-52 burns 55 gallons of jet fuel every minute? Or that an Abrams tank gets half a mile per gallon? Or that keeping a single soldier in Afghanistan requires burning 22 gallons of fuel a day?

Hybrid cars and better light bulbs won't be enough if we don't rein in our out-of-control military, which is burning 3.5 million gallons of fuel a day to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan. 

WNPJ's new "Carbon Footprint of War" flyers (.pdf) help to make the connection between the need for serious action to address the global threat of climate change and the need to end war. 

Raging Grannies Protest taxes used for war-spending


Photo of Madison Raging Grannies....

The Raging Grannies in Florida today are protesting war-spending on TAX DAY!.....

Watch their YouTube video here.......

"What's your share of a U.S. soldier?"

Using a Congressional Budget Office estimate that it costs $1 million to send one soldier to Afghanistan for one year, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice has developed a handy web tool that enables any taxpayer to see a graphic display of the fraction of a U.S. soldier that his or her federal taxes have paid for.

For example, using the web tool, a married couple with two children and an annual income of $75,000 can see that the $540 in federal taxes deducted from their paychecks every month would pay for seven-tenths of one percent of the cost of sending one soldier to Afghanistan. Try it yourself here...

Feingold to offer Afghanistan withdrawal bill

US Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin,left, and Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts will introduce legislation soon calling for a "flexible timetable" for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, Tom Hayden reports in The Nation. "The coordinated effort, the first of its kind during the Afghanistan war, is reminiscent of similar House-Senate proposals that eventually succeeded in winning majority support during the Vietnam War," Hayden writes.

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