I’ve sent this message to eight people who asked for an email they can forward to others that they know.
Like most people I know, you know that the US occupation of Iraq is a disaster of epic size.
- People are dying: hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people, close to 3,000 US soldiers
- International terrorism is on the rise as more people become convinced that they need to make war on the US to stop our empire
- And the whole thing is so expensive. So far, Portlanders have paid over $400 million towards the invasion and occupation.
We have to let go of the illusion that this occupation is ever going to solve all the horrible problems it has created.
Even though Portland has rallied repeatedly against the invasion and the occupation, the City of Portland has not yet passed a “City for Peace” resolution. But the time has come for Portland to become a “City for Peace.” Later this month, Randy Leonard will propose a resolution stating that Portland is calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq and a re-focusing on local priorities. We need to get thousands of signatures in to the City Council in the next few weeks to make sure that we keep up the momentum from the election, pass the resolution, and get our troops out of Iraq. There will be steps after that (such as reparations) but the resolution is an important first step for us as a city.
If you support this resolution, take two minutes right now to sign the petition online :
Then forward this message, or your own message, to ten Portlanders you know who are against the occupation, who understand that it’s costing too much in terms of human life and public resources for us to continue it. Working together, starting locally, we can make our country do the right thing. If you want to take more action, you can sign up to get ongoing updates about the campaign. When you sign up, you can join the official email list for the campaign or volunteer for the campaign.
Thanks for taking two minutes to act on what your conscience tells you is right. If you want more chances to get involved, if you can spare ten minutes or an hour this month to show that Portland is a City for Peace, my friend Kathleen will be good person for you to connect with. She has committed to mobilizing 1,000 people in support of the resolution. You can check out her progress at her website: www.nov30.org
Inspiring closing and YOUR NAME HERE 🙂
When I wrote this, it was kind of strange to refer to myself in the third person… but whatever gets people to sign up!