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Call Rep. Farr to Support U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq

Farr has joined at least 15 other representatives in Congress and called for the BEGINNING of U.S. withdrawal.

Obviously this is not enough, but breaking silence on the subject is essential, particularly after the disgraceful Democratic Party performance last year.

Locally, the City Council still has nothing on its agenda to act on the April 2003 resolutions (one by Porter, one by former Mayor Kennedy) calling for U.S. troops out now.

There are rumblings that something may appear in early February via the Vets for Peace and other groups.

Arcata's City Council (even before the Green Party gained a majority in the November elections) called for speedy withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan as early as last summer.

Call Santa Cruz City Council at 831-420-5020 and lobby for a strong "U.S. Out NOW!" resolution (not a weak resolution that talks about waiting for the United Nations). They can also be e-mailed at citycouncil (at) ci.santa-cruz.ca.us .
Farr has joined at least 15 other representatives in Congress and called for the BEGINNING of U.S. withdrawal.

Obviously this is not enough, but breaking silence on the subject is essential, particularly after the disgraceful Democratic Party performance last year. It is also the first call for immediate withdrawal (admittedly on the beginning), but this call for action to start NOW is new (even Nader and Kucinich hadn't called for this obvious and vital action).

Locally, the City Council still has nothing on its agenda to act on the April 2003 resolutions (one by Porter, one by former Mayor Kennedy) calling for U.S. troops out now.

There are rumblings that something may appear in early February via the Vets for Peace and other groups.

Arcata's City Council (even before the Green Party gained a majority in the November elections) called for speedy withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan as early as last summer.

Call Santa Cruz City Council at 831-420-5020 and lobby for a strong "U.S. Out NOW!" resolution (not a weak resolution that talks about waiting for the United Nations). They can also be e-mailed at citycouncil (at) ci.santa-cruz.ca.us .

Activists can also support the twice weekly Vigil Against Two Wars that HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) hold 6-8 PM every Wednesday and Thursday nights (Soquel and Pacific) as well as Peace Friday 4:30-6 PM at Ocean and Water Sts.

Not to mention the 4:30 PM "Inaugurage the People" event at the County Building on January 20th.
Farr can also be commended for joining onto the Woolsey letter at 429-1976 and urged to take stronger action (such as opposing upcoming military appropriations, speaking out with war resisters, coming down against depleted uranium weapons use, opposing Plan Colombia, etc.).

The Woolsey letter follows:

January 12, 2005

The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We write to urge you to take immediate steps to begin the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

Although the initial invasion of Iraq may have occurred with minimal troop deaths, the subsequent occupation of the country has been anything but successful. Already more than 1,300 American troops have lost their lives since the war began on March 19, 2003. At least 10,000 American troops have been injured as well, and it is impossible to know exactly how many thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians have been killed. Despite the enormity of the war’s casualties, the Iraqi insurgency continues to grow stronger with every passing day.

Iraq is no closer to becoming a stable democracy today than it was two years ago, as evidenced in recent weeks by the daily torrent of insurgent attacks on American forces and Iraqi civilian leaders. On January 4th, insurgents assassinated Ali Haidari, the governor of the Iraqi province that includes Baghdad. Just as devastating to the prospect of democracy, on December 30th, al-Jazeera satellite channel reported that all 700 electoral workers in Mosul quit their posts out of fear of being killed. Two weeks later, on January 10th, the entire 13-member electoral commission in the Anbar province, just west of Baghdad, resigned after being threatened by insurgents. If even Iraqi election officials fear for their lives, how can we possibly expect Iraqi citizens to feel safe going to the polls? How can we continue to put our own troops in harm’s way, the continued targets for Iraq’s thousands of malcontent insurgents?

It has become clear that the existence of more than 130,000 American troops stationed on Iraqi soil is infuriating to the Iraqi people - especially because Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction and did not have a connection to the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 or to the al Qaeda terrorist organization. Indeed, the very presence of Americans in Iraq is a rallying point for dissatisfied people in the Arab world. The events of the last two years have not only intensified the rage of the extremist Muslim terrorists, they have also ignited civil hostilities in Iraq that have made Americans and Iraqis substantially less safe. Therefore, by removing our troops from the country, we will remove the main focus of the insurgents’ rage.

Again, while it may be logistically difficult to immediately remove every American soldier, we urge you to take immediate action to begin the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. This is the only way to truly support our troops. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Rep. Lynn Woolsey


Rep. Woolsey led the following Members of Congress is signing a letter to President Bush: Danny Davis (IL-07), Lane Evans (IL-17), Sam Farr (CA-17), Raul Grijalva (AZ-07), Alcee Hastings (FL-23), Maurice Hinchey (NY-22), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02), Dennis Kucinich (OH-10), Barbara Lee (CA-09), John Lewis (GA-05), Jim McDermott (WA-07), Grace Napolitano (CA-38), Major Owens (NY-11), Jose Serrano (NY-16) and Pete Stark (CA-13).
 
 


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Re: Call Rep. Farr to Support U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq

For more information on the turning of the tide against the war in Iraq check out

The Scent of Fear
Coble Suggests Pullout in Iraq
Hot Topic: How U.S. Might Disengage in Iraq

at the following link:
www.truthout.org/docs_05/011105A.shtml
 

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