Last Chance!

October 29, 2010
The midterm elections are only a few days away. This is your last chance to help important peace candidates.  Please take the following actions now: 

First, give generously to these peace candidates who are in extremely close races and are in a severe cash disadvantage by visiting this website:

http://www.actblue.com/page/peace-action

Second, spend some time over the next several days volunteering for campaigns. You can visit the above website to see in-person and online volunteering opportunities.

Third, make sure you vote.  Peace Action knows you are the type of person who votes.  Your vote next Tuesday, November 2nd — or earlier — is crucial to electing peace candidates.  Voter turnout will be high on Election Day, so have a plan ready for getting to the polls. Take time to decide when you plan to vote during the day and how much time you need.  Or better yet, take advantage of early voting options that are available in many states.  Check up on your state’s requirements for voter ID, poll hours and election types. Be informed of your state’s absentee ballot and early voting deadlines. (For up-to-date state election guides, visit the New Organizing Institute at http://elections.neworganizing.com/guide/).

We have done the hard research and know that the candidates listed here meet the following criteria:

1.  They will work hard on the issues you and Peace Action care about

2.  They are in close races where your help can make a difference

3.  Their opponents have more money than they do and you can even the playing field

Please click the below link to help elect a more peaceful Congress:

http://www.actblue.com/page/peace-action

Thanks to your previous generosity, we are sending our top organizer, Judith LeBlanc, who has over thirty years of experience to work the final crucial days to re-elect Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ 7th), now co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who has consistently represented your and Peace Action’s values by scoring high or perfect on our voting record.  His race is considered a toss up and we need your help.

We are also sending our own Jonathan Williams — one of the best youth organizers — to New Hampshire to support New Hampshire Peace Action’s work to re-elect Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1st) and elect Ann McLane Kuster to the second district.  Kuster is at a cash disadvantage and needs your help.

Other Peace Action affiliates are sending organizers to key races with peace candidates.  They are volunteering for campaigns, distributing voter guides and working to get out the vote.

Paid for by Peace Action PAC and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee

 


Child Soldiers and Nuclear Nonsense

October 29, 2010

The Washington Post and Associated Press reported yesterday the Obama Administration granted a waiver allowing continued US military aid to Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Yemen, even though those countries still employ child soldiers. The waiver was “necessary” because otherwise, military aid to those countries would have been cut off under the Child Soldiers Prevention Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush, that renowned peacenik, near the end of his term. Somehow, I can’t imagine Obama voters thought this was the “change you can believe in” they voted for in 2008.

However, there is a perverse consistency here, as the US is one of only two countries (Somalia being the other) that haven’t  ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in part because we recruit 17 year olds into the military (though they can’t be sent into combat until they turn 18), which goes against the treaty. Shameful is the only word I can think of to describe these policies.

Then there is the nonsensical notion that the recent loss of communications regarding 1/9th of the US land-based ICBM fleet (50 out of 450 nuclear-tipped missiles, all with tens or hundreds of times  the explosive power of the bomb that leveled Hiroshima in 1945) is a reason to scrap the modest New START agreement with Russia, and/or to hand over even more of our tax dollars (in a time of tight budgets for seemingly everything except stuff that goes “BOOM!”)  to the nuclear weapons complex. The Obama Administration has already promised $180 billion over the next decade for nuclear weapons production complex and delivery sytems “modernization” in an attempt to gain Republican votes for New START ratification. The Administration is already negotiating with key New START opponent Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ, and he hates pretty much all arms control agreements) to see if they can shovel more money to the Dr. Strangeloves in our nuclear weapons establishment in order to get his support for New START.

Again, shameful. For a more rational view on the state of this Administration’s and the other nuclear states’ disarmament and non-proliferation policies, see the Arms Control Association’s latest statement and Report Card.


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