Please let me know if you are interested in signing on to the letter to Sec. Gates. Please provide your city, state and group affiliation. Also let me know if you are interested in visiting the Pentagon on August 9, as part of the Faith and Resistance Retreat. The retreat is organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in D.C. and
July 18, 2010
Dr. Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense [sic]
1000 Defense Pentagon
Dear Secretary Gates,
I am writing as a representative of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance. We are a group of citizens dedicated to working for an end to the illegal wars and occupations of
These actions are causing incredible human suffering, growing distrust of the
The amount of oil used by your military machine is beyond belief, and each military vehicle also releases pollutants through the exhaust. Tanks, trucks, Humvees and other vehicles are not known for their fuel economy. Other fuel guzzlers are submarines, helicopters and fighter jets. Each military flight, whether involved in the transport of soldiers or in a combat mission, contributes more carbon into the atmosphere.
We would like to meet with you to discuss bringing all troops home from these awful wars and occupations and the Pentagon’s role in the destruction of the environment. At this meeting, we would appreciate if you could provide a detailed breakdown of the military’s greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide. As citizen activists and members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, we adhere to the
Please get back to me, so that a meeting can be scheduled as soon as possible. The current situation is urgent. Cities and states are starving, while tax dollars are wasted on wars and occupations. Innocents are dying because of
We look forward to your response, as we believe citizen activists have the right to be involved in matters of such great importance. Your response will be shared with others concerned with the issues raised above. Thank you for considering our request.
Max Obuszewski, on behalf of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs