Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Can you join us at the office of Rep. John Sarbanes on May 16 at 4:30 PM?/Can you sign on to the letter?



Can you join us at the office of Rep. John Sarbanes on May 16 at 4:30 PM?  Can you sign on to this letter?  Thanks.






Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore/Fund Our Communities, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218


Rep. John Sarbanes

600 Baltimore Ave.

Suite 303

Baltimore, MD 21204


May 15, 2012


Dear Congressperson Sarbanes:


Progressive Democrats of America and its partners, including the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, launched the Brown Bag Vigil campaign in January 2010. We've met at district offices of senators and representatives as part of this ongoing national effort. Today, we ask you to support legislation to stop global warming, and for Healthcare NOT Warfare. We are citizen activists in our community, and your response will be shared with our colleagues.   


Time is running out for effective action on global warming. We urge you to support H.R. 3242 - Rep. Pete Stark's Save Our Climate Act which would reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by imposing a tax on primary fossil fuels based on their carbon content. This legislation would use the revenues generated to lower the deficit and to send money to the American people to help defray any higher energy costs.


Our mission in Afghanistan is over, and we can't afford war with Iran. We urge you to join the Out of Afghanistan Caucus; and to cosponsor and support H.R. 780 - Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill to fund the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan; and H.R. 4173 - Rep. Lee’s Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act.

The foreign policy disaster which began with the invasion of Afghanistan continues.  The loss of life and destruction must stop as soon as possible. The Congressional Research Service estimates that the war there has cost $321 billion to date (again, in 2011 dollars), not including hundreds of billions more when post-war expenses like veterans' benefits come due. The World Bank estimates that when the war began in 2001 the Afghan population was 27 million. Again, if their average family size is also five, we have already spent $59,444 per family. If we had given that amount to each, or provided, say, a new pick-up truck and a free college education for one of their daughters, we would not now be bogged down in a war that all agree cannot be won.

Healthcare is a human right. We urge you to cosponsor and support legislation to guarantee healthcare for all: H.R. 676 - Rep. John Conyers’s bill to establish an improved and expanded Medicare for All program; and H.R. 1200 - Rep. Jim McDermott’s American Health Security Act to deliver universal health care coverage.


We look forward to your response. And when you are ready, we would like to meet with you, preferably in Baltimore. But if necessary, we will travel to your D.C. office.  Thank you for your time and attention.




Max Obuszewski, on behalf of Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore/Fund Our Communities

325 East 25th Street

Baltimore, MD 21218



"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


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