Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Peace Petition to AL Senator Shelby

One of this week's peace petitiions/sermon to Senator Shelby

Dear Senator:

First, I do hope that you will support Rep. Barbara Lee’s efforts to bring an amendment to the floor for a fully-funded, orderly withdrawal of all U.S. troops and military contractors by the end of 2007.

Another 7 Americans needlessly lost their lives this weekend. We cannot afford to lose any more of our beloved soldiers. This war is breaking our national heart. When you go to bed at night, I pray you think of the power "you" have to save their lives. Each day that passes, they are each counting on you, to stop their bloodshed in a place where they are despised and targeted for being Americans, for being in association with a White House that seemingly cares more about its own egoistical/greedy agenda than human life. I am not at all ashamed to beg you, as a man with the power to stop this insanity, an Alabama citizen, a human being, a man who once embraced my values. Please, do something! I pray you are filled by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love that has no enemies.

As your constituent and a Peace Action member, I am calling on you to use your authority as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to support our troops by bringing them home. You have the power to do this by making sure that two important provisions are included in the 2007 Supplemental Appropriations Bill.

1) A MINIMUM one-year timeline for U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq.

2) Language that reasserts Congress's Constitutional war-making powers, as in Chairman Byrd's S.Res.39, and clarifies that no funds appropriated in the 2007 Supplemental Appropriations can be used to attack Iran, as proposed in Senator Webb's S.759.

It is your duty to do all that you can to protect the brave Americans who have volunteered to serve and protect us and our nation - this means getting them out of the Iraqi civil war and preventing them from being drawn into a wider regional conflict with Iran.

Please do everything that you can to bring our sons, daughters, husbands, mothers and neighbors back home as soon as possible. Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing back from you on the important issue of the FY 2007 Supplemental Appropriations.

Everyone can help by signing this petition! Go to: http://www.peace-action.org/