Reportback on your call in support of Kucinich’s H. Con Res. 248

We’ve been asking our members to contact their Representative in support of Kucinich’s H. Con Res. 248 here. If you already have, please tell us how your call went. After you’re done, don’t forget to tell-your-friends by clicking here.

Also, New Jersey Peace Action Executive Director Madelyn Hoffman has a terrific op-ed on Afghanistan published today on Op-Ed News, check it out and forward (it also has links to our actions in support of Kucinich’s resolution).

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80 Responses to Reportback on your call in support of Kucinich’s H. Con Res. 248

  1. Larry Schlatter says:

    I called Rep. Boswell and was told they would pass my request to get out of Afghanistan along to him. I let them know I previously lived in Dennis’ district and would like Leonard to help support Dennis’ efforts to end the war. I received no response, other than “I’ll pass this along”. I did clearly identify myself.

  2. Mary Coral says:

    I called Dennis Moores office and was told that the foreign affairs clear was busy. I clearly identified myself. I informed the man that answered the call about my request and he said that he would pass the information along.

  3. James-Henry Holland says:

    Hi– I would have talked about my phone call, but this is the first time I’ve run into a site that makes me log in, then publishes my comments. Does this mean that, actually, you *don’t* want to hear feedback? I suspect you’re going to get very few people to report in with this system…

    • Dave Kunes says:

      Hey James,

      Thanks for giving us feedback. Because we have our hands in so many different pots, we often don’t create policies around specific technologies until we receive feedback. This is one of those cases.

      After reading your feedback, our executive director Kevin just stopped by my office and we chatted about your concerns. We’ve now created our first “comment policy”, allowing anyone to comment without logging in. If people do want to log-in, or if they would like to leave a name (or pseudonym), they’re more than welcome to do that too.

      Thanks again for your feedback.

  4. Anne Johnson says:

    I called Representative Bruce Braley, and the staffer who answered the phone didn’t know where Braley stood, as the staffer hadn’t spoken to the representative about the issue.

  5. Diana says:

    Staff member said she would tell him.

  6. carla janson says:

    called sarbanes office and expressed my opinion. who knows how these spineless cowards will vote… but it never hurts to call. thanks for all YOUR good work !

  7. JOHN LaFORGE says:

    I left a message for REP DAVID OBEY, the current chair of the House Appropriations Committee and my U.S. Rep.
    I asked that he please let me know if he intends to support H.Con Res. 248 and further whether he intends to sign-on as a cosponsor.

    I was told the foreign policy aide was not available.

  8. William Marx says:

    Spoke to Rep Slaughter’s Wash. Ofc. Afgan. staff person not available. Contact person to forward our position to Rep. and took my contact information.

  9. Asked for Afghanistan or foreign policy aide, got voice mail. Told of my concerns, asked for Schiff to co-sponsor, vote for, get others to vote for and generally support a strategy toward withdrawal of troops. Left my number and asked for a call back re his position on H.C.R. 248 and Afghanistan war in general.

  10. Barry Maloney says:

    I spoke with Steven at Rep. Keith Ellison’s office. I asked that he vote yes on the resolution and speak for it on the floor.

  11. pat dressler says:

    I left a message for Rep. Jim Costa regarding
    support for Rep. Kucinich resolution to bring
    the Afghan. war to an end. The aid I spoke to took
    my message and said that he would pass on my
    comment to the representative.

  12. Jeff Stack says:

    I left a message with a worker in Rep. Luetkemeyer’s office. She said she would have someone in their office call back to offer her boss’s perspective. The other day I also forwarded news of Rep. K’s initiative to our Mid-MO FOR e-mail list of several hundred folks (hopefully many took the requested action). Thanks for your efforts to spread the word of this peacemaker (if only we could now be adding “Pres.” as his current title!

  13. paki wieland says:

    Hi, I spoke w/Congressman Neal’s office, they said, Frances Crowe had called yesterday about the resolution. Sarah said it is on their radar. No commitment but she would pass on our request for Neal to sign on. He’s flying back to D.C. today. Paki Wieland

  14. D. Jackie Handel says:

    Called Ted Poe’s office, clerk said would pass msg on – I said we could better use the tax monies for a public option in health care so we could have a healthier nation, that could defend itself (at home) better, without creating more terrorists here, by being over there. Also called Speaker Pelosi and said it would be better for Congress to be in charge of War rather than a pres., who seems to be like Bush with his war agenda.

  15. Wallace E. Webb says:

    I phoned Rep. Young’s office and urged the Representative to support Rep. Kucinich’s resolution. Rep. Young does not have a good voting record. I doubt he will vote in support, however, he knows how I stand.

  16. Called Chris Van Hollen’s office. Staffer transfered me over to one Ken Cummings, whose voice mail recorded my statements as per the email received from Peace Action. Will try again after lunch.

  17. Peggy Midling says:

    Congresswoman Capps aide did not know of Mrs. Capp’s stand on this issue – but she seemed to agree with me that health insurance is more important than war.
    (Congresswoman Capps is always concerned about health issues.)

  18. Patricia Gracian says:

    I called Congressman Bilbray’s office and asked to speak with their Foreign Affairs person dealing with Afghanistan. The guy who answered claimed he was in a meeting and said he would take a message. I tried to impress on him that Congress is responsible for deciding on wars, not the Presidency, and that Congress should be questioning the strategy and the huge amount of tax dollars being spent in occupying other countries. He claimed he would relay the message that I wanted the Congressman to back the Kucinich resolution.
    (yeah, right. It is Bilbray after all)

  19. gonzalo says:

    I called Representative Filner’s office and the staff person who answered will pass on the message for the Congressman to talk to other members of Congress about supporting this resolution.

  20. Dominic Paul Lumetta says:

    I spoke with Marvin, a foreign policy aide, in Rep. Clay’s office. He suggested that Mr. Clay would ‘probably’ support Rep. Kuchinich’s bill but that H.Con. 248 may be more about symbolism than ‘meat'(his word). He said he would pass the my message on.

  21. Liz Blum says:

    I called Rep Peter Welch’s office (D-VT) and spoke with a staffer who said he was familiar with the Resolution, but he wouldn’t give me any indication about how Welch would vote. He did say he had gotten other calls about it. I requested that he email me to let me know how Rep Welch would vote or did vote.

  22. Gary Dobson says:

    Left message for George Miller of CA. Didn’t seem too interested in finding the staffer for Afghanistan. Hoping Miller will join Reps. Lee, Stark & Woolsey from our state.

  23. Cheri Dzubak says:

    They would not comment one way or another at Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) office. I would be willing to bet that he will not support the amendment.

  24. Penny Cragun says:

    Talked to an aide, who said he would pass on the message.

  25. Carolyn Rosenstein says:

    I talked to an aide who said that he’d pass along the informtion. He didn’t know what Rep. Waxman’s (CA 30) position would be. I told the aide that I hoped that Waxman would be courageous and end these wars.

  26. Matthew Lipschik says:

    I spoke to an aide who didn’t know Congressman Weiner’s position. She took down the information and said she would pass it along.

  27. Frank Zedek says:

    I call Lynn Woolsey and spoke to a opertator and she will pass the message on to support Mr.Kuchinich’s
    con.res.248

  28. Kristin says:

    I called Rep. David Price -District 4-NC. I spoke to the fellow answering the phone. In asking to speak to an aide on Foreign Policy, he asked what my question was. I stated my clear request for Rep. Price to co-sponsor and speak up in support H.Con. Res. 248 on Afghanistan. He replied H. Con Res 248 was in discussion amongst the office earlier today. The reply I received was “Rep. Price has not made a decision on that bill yet.” I restated my request and hope in the most encouraging life affirming terms.

  29. Joe Radoszewski says:

    Talked to an intern who was largely clueless. Asked to address someone who knew what was going on and everyone was at meetings. I’ll call back but have work and a protest against our public school’s takeover this PM. I pointed out some of Gwen Moore’s previous voting record disastors such as the Goldstone censure, last appropriation’s funding, troop escalations, etc. I mentioned that my House heroes aside from Dennis incl’d B. Lee, M. Kaptur, A. Grayson, etc who always stand tall for the people and against the eternal wars and that I would be proud to have Gwen Moore stand with that admirable group in helping to end this madness and start bringing in real money for education, health care, infrastructure, etc.

    THE ENDLESS WARS MUST STOP. THIS IS NOT OCEANIA!

  30. Mohammad Hussain, MD says:

    I called Rep Jimmy Duncan’s office express my opinion to that congressman should support Res 248 moved by Rep. Kucinich

  31. Jean Brooks says:

    I call Jim Sensenbrenner’s office and asked that my message of support for bill 248 be passed onto him

  32. Anne George says:

    I called Rep. Tim Murphy from PA. He’s a Republican so he cannot possibly vote against the Military Industrial Complex.
    I left a message and they took my address.

  33. Chris May says:

    I left word for Rep. Hoyer urging that he support the resolution, emphasizing how important this would be given his powerful position as House majority leader.

  34. Timi Papas says:

    I called Rep Jan Schakowsky’s D.C. office and expressed my wish that she support Res 248 to end funding for war in Afghanistan.

  35. I called Rep. Camp’s office to say that I would like for him to support Rep. Kucinick’s Res. 248. It is time all wars end. We need our taxpayers dollars spent here at home, especially to make up for the 1.3 trillion dollar tax cut Bush gave away. That would more than pay for health insurance reform.

  36. Left message with an aide. The Foreign Policy aide was not in the office.

  37. John Bostrom says:

    I contacted Rep Michael McMahon of Staten Island. The person handling Afghanistan, the one you want to speak to, is Major Carlos Alford. I emphasized the fact that this resolution would at least bring the war in Afghanistan to a debate, and that though I thought Petraeus’s new strategy was a huge improvement over Shock and Awe, the whole War on Terror concept was pushed through under Bush as a reaction to 9/11 and has never had the serious debate it deserves. The Major already knew about the Resolution and was polite and receptive. This is a big improvement for McMahon’s office. The last time I contacted them about this they sent me form letter thanking me for my views on health care.

  38. Pat Neary says:

    I just spoke to Marianna at Cong. Lynch’s office here in Massachusetts. She is the “Foreign Policy aide”. She indicated that Lynch has not taken a position on this. I told her that I support Kucinich’s resolution and want him to support it also. And, I told her that he is always on the fence and he should have his mind made up by now as the vote is probably tomorrow.

  39. doug milholland says:

    I just called Cong. Norm Dicks office, asking the voice on the phone to let my congressman know that Kucinich’s approach seems good to me. I also urged Cong. Dicks to look for weapon systems to eliminate & use monies saved to strengthen diplomacy…

  40. Carol Ann Wassmuth says:

    I left the message with a staff person for Rep. Walt Minnick. I have no idea how he will respond to my request but at least he knows that one of his constituents wants him to support this resolution.

  41. Aurolyn Luykx says:

    I called Congressman Sylvestre Reyes (D-TX) — his Middle East staff person was in a meeting but I left a message asking Cong. Reyes to support and co-sponsor H.R. 248 and BRING OUR TROOPS HOME!

  42. Tom Brenneman says:

    Left a message with a staff person who’s last name is Tittleman. I asked that Rep. Schrader support the bill and that I be contacted when he (staff person) knows how Schrader will vote.

  43. Mecedes Ruehl says:

    Left a message with an assistant named Jenkins in Rep. Tim Bishop’s office; could not get him out of a meeting. Urged support of Kucinich (my HERO!) resolution and asked him to get back to me and tell me what Bishop’s position is.

  44. Tom Sanchez says:

    I spoke with one of Congressman Xavier Becerra’s aides at his home office in Los Angeles. She asked me for my address and zip code and said she would pass on my message of urging him to support HR 248.

  45. Phoned Rep. Austria. Very courteous male answerer. I ask Austria to read and support Kucinich resolution248. Aide ask what 248 was about. I identified it–after about 3 words he said, “Oh, yes. I know that one.”‘Ask for my name and address repeating each bit of info.

    I brace myself for an Austria reply. They are maddening to read. And he nearly always assures me he will continue to vote PRO LIFE no matter what I’m calling about. And that just about ruins my day. Mary M. Morgan a strong supporter of Reproductive Rights and anti-imperialism in a right-Republican District. So it goes.

  46. FIL PIERCE says:

    i CALLED AND LEFT A MESSAGE WITH A STAFFER — DOUBT IF YOUNG WILL SUPPORT ANYTHING THAT KUCINNICH SUPPORTS — THIS IS MISTER NRA — WAR IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY

    • Dave Kunes says:

      Hey Fil and friends,

      Try approaching it from “their” perspective. Instead of saying Kucinich right off the bat, maybe we can try to point out that Ron Paul was an original cosponsor. Also, ask the staffer to check out this great antiwar panel at CPAC last month. Here is the link to part one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyRAFiSDvCE&feature=channel

      You may get listened to more than by starting out the conversation with Kucinich’s name. Also, try citing the CPAC poll where anti-war Ron Paul won hands-down over figures like Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty.

  47. Kathryn Struck says:

    I called today (Tuesday) and left a message with an aide. I kept my request simple and hope that many people called today as well. I hope his office was inundated with calls like mine. Numbers, I hope, count.

  48. Alma Concepcion says:

    I left a message with an aide at Rep.Holt’s office. Representative Holt is a progressive congessman and I am confident he will give this petition serious consideration.

  49. I used the “script” and left my message on Rep. Dan Burton’s answering machine as requested by the person answering the phone. I left a phone number and asked for a reply.

  50. Robert Wessel says:

    Called Rep. Ellsworth’s office and asked a staff member to strongly recommend that Ellsworth support the Kucinich amendment.

  51. Dr. John C. Lamb says:

    I called Rep. Polis’ office and spoke to Michael, a staff member. I followed the script and Michael said he could not speak for Rep. Polis but would get back to me when he finds out the Rep. stand on Rep. Kucinich’s 248 resolution. He took down my email address.

    • Paul Kawika Martin says:

      Dr. Lamb,

      I talked with Rep. Polis today and he assured me he will vote for the resolution. Thanks for calling.

      Paul

  52. Dr. John C. Lamb says:

    Already left a message.

  53. Michael Neil says:

    Rep. DeGette is undecided on H. Con Res 248.

  54. Richard W. Firth says:

    I live in Mechanicsville, VA 23116-4005 and am in Congressman Eric Cantor’s district. I called his office and left a message with his staffer.

  55. SHARON GREEN says:

    I called twice and spoke with Tara as the aide Vince Erse, on Military/Defense was away from his desk for the day! Tara said there was no one there who could give me Dreier’s position on H.Con Res 248. I asked Tara for a written response from Dreier and urged him to cosponsor H. Con Res 248.
    I think I will call again Wed. and try to talk w/aide Vince Erse as it concerns me that there was no aide there who could tell me Dreier’s position.

  56. Helen Taylor Crisp says:

    I talked with a staff member who said he didn’t yet know her position on this resolution, but promised to pass along my message. I asked that she co-sponsor the resolution.

  57. sesame fowler says:

    i spoke with a member of his staff who did not sound too familiar with the bill. i left Congressman Salazar to please support this bill so that our troops could come home. She said she would pass it on.

  58. Sheri Giardini says:

    I called Rep. McCotter’s office and spoke to his aide. I inquired if the aide knew the representative’s position on the resolution, and he indicated he did not. I expressed my great desire to see our troops withdrawn from Afghanistan before the end of the year, and I left a message for Rep. McCotter urging him to vote “yea” on H. Con Res. 248, and even co-sponsor it. I also identified myself as a member of Peace Action.

  59. Esther Leonelli says:

    I called Rep. Mike Capuano at 6:14 pm. Left a voice message thanking him for signing on to the resolution and asking him to continue to work for its passage. I also identified myself as a member of Peace Action.

  60. Richard Beery says:

    Called local office. They said they did not know Heinrich’s position but it generally follows Obamas lead.

  61. kucinich is my rep. a true hero! bravo, peter!

  62. burt shachter says:

    Dennis Kucinch is one of the few non-bought congresspeople. I left a message for Rep.Frelinghuysen urging his support for Afghan withdrawal.

  63. Marianne Makman says:

    Lowey’s aide sounded blank and laughed sympathetically when I added “I REALLY wish she would vote for Kucinich’s resolution! He will “pass it on”. Sigh!

  64. John Dwyer says:

    Called this morning at 9:40. Spoke briefly about FL’s Mr. Mack’s letter last week–back to me on this same issue. He’s pro-war, pro-MIC and wasn’t even very patient in the letter saying so. I told him that my group, Pax Christi, has hundreds of people who feel just like I do and so we all expect him to represent our point of view and vote yeah on H. Con Res. 248. The phone secretary said he would pass on the comment.

  65. Mary Schoenecker says:

    Congressman Tiahrt’s aide in the office was friendly and promised to relay my message. The person who actually handles this sort of business was in a meeting.

  66. Gail says:

    I called WA Rep Doc Hastings at 7:50am 3/10/10. I was asked for my address and requested regular mail rather than email response.

  67. Dr. Lora Chamberlain says:

    I called Reps Schakowsky, Jesse Jackson, Danny Davis, Phil Hare, Luis Gutierrez and Quigley. All places that I have lived and I left messages with their staffers. Who knows how they will vote, you don’t get much feedback from these staffers.

  68. Margaret Harrington Tamulonis says:

    I left a message at Rep. Welch Burlington office. I expect my call to be returned.

  69. Julie Boddy says:

    I got a warm response from Representative Van Holland’s office

  70. Connie L. says:

    I talked with an aide to Cong. Pat Tiberi, who said that she would forward the message to him immediately.

  71. Dave Kunes says:

    I talked to an aide from Donna Edwards office who will pass along the information to Donna.

  72. Judy Lust says:

    I phoned Rep. Tom McClintock’s office and spoke to an aide. I mentioned Dennis Kucinich’s Resolution and why I supported us leaving Afghanistan. This is a new kind of war. We cannot fight it traditionally. The Russians knew to get out when they were there. The aide said I had given it a good deal of thought and that my comments would be passed onto Rep. McClintock.

  73. Anonymous says:

    Message left with Rep. Carson (D-IN) office. (AFSC)

  74. NORMA MIHAILOFF says:

    Spoke with someone in March Kaptur’s Toledo Ohio office. (I do not have long distance option on my phone because it was an extra charge, and I did not feel that it was necessary.) I asked her if she could get in touch with Marcy today, since the vote was today, and she said she certainly would. I told her that my attitude was that we needed to get out of war, since it cost money we needed here. Knowing Marcy I’m sure she was informed. Wage Peace!! Norma

  75. We called Honorable Cong. Adam Smith of Wash. State and spoke to a staff person, as the specialist for foreign affairs was not present but in the House, and explained where we were calling from, and to request that Cong Adam Smith co-sponsor Cong. Dennis Kucinich’s H. Con Res. 248” to bring our men and women home, ASAP, but definitely before this year is over, and to end the war in Afghanistan. May Peace prevail on our sacred Planet Earth NOW.

    We are asked to be in mission as Light Houses beaming Mother Father Creator’s, Saghalie Tyee’s, Infinite Blessings of Love, Compassion, Forgiveness and Gratitude to you and your loved ones and all Mother Earth’s Valued Kingdoms, below, on and above Her, both human and non-human alike. We are all spiritually connected in Love and Light. Adonai Vasu Baragus, Namaste and Salu! THE LAW OF ONE applies to our sacred Mother Earth and ton all Her precious Kingdoms, Human and Non-Human alike: We are all one. When one is harmed, all are harmed. When one is helped, all are healed. Therefore, in the name of who I AM, and I am one with all; I ask that ONLY THAT WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GOOD OF ALL CONCERNED happen here and now, and through all time and space. I give thanks that this is done. SO BE IT!

  76. We called Honorable Cong. Adam Smith of Wash. State and spoke to a staff person, as the specialist for foreign affairs was not present, but in the House, and explained where we were calling from, and to request that Cong Adam Smith co-sponsor Cong. Dennis Kucinich’s H. Con Res. 248” to bring our men and women home, ASAP, but definitely before this year is over, and to end the war in Afghanistan. May Peace prevail on our sacred Planet Earth NOW.

    We are asked to be in mission as Light Houses beaming Mother Father Creator’s, Saghalie Tyee’s, Infinite Blessings of Love, Compassion, Forgiveness and Gratitude to you and your loved ones and to all Mother Earth’s Valued Kingdoms, below, on and above Her, both human and non-human alike. We are all spiritually connected in Love and Light. Adonai Vasu Baragus, Namaste and Salu! THE LAW OF ONE applies to our sacred Mother Earth and to all Her precious Kingdoms, Human and Non-Human alike: We are all one. When one is harmed, all are harmed. When one is helped, all are healed. Therefore, in the name of who I AM, and I am one with all; I ask that ONLY THAT WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GOOD OF ALL CONCERNED happen here and now, and through all time and space. I give thanks that this is done. SO BE IT! Bravo Cong. Kucinich for your courageous actions to bring about World Peace.

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