Saturday, August 17, 2013
Can you sign this letter? Can you join us in a visit on August 21, 2013 to Rep. Sarbanes' office?
Rep. John Sarbanes 600 Baltimore Ave. Suite 303 Baltimore, MD 21204 August 21, 2013 Dear Congressperson Sarbanes: Members of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore are voters, and supporters of Progressive Democrats of America. In the Spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we call on you to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by cosponsoring, speaking out, and supporting the following legislation (if you have not already done so): H.R. 1000: The Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act which would help provide a job to any American who is willing and able to work and address community needs by improving housing, education, job readiness, and infrastructure; H.R. 12: The Voter Empowerment Act which would simplify and modernize the voting process, offering equal access for every citizen; H.J. Res. 44: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote; and H.J. Res. 43 Removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. H.R. 1579: The Inclusive Prosperity Act—also known as the Financial Speculation Tax (FST) or Robin Hood Tax (RHT)—which would generate hundreds of $billions to fund job creation, expand the economy, alleviate student debt, address healthcare needs, protect essential programs, and more. Finally, we are seeking an end to the use of killer drone strikes, which we believe to be illegal and unconstitutional. On March 11, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, along with Reps. Conyers, Ellison, Grijalva, Edwards, Honda, Holt, and McGovern, sent a letter to the White House requesting the full, unclassified release of information surrounding the Administration’s drone policy. Could you send a similar letter? See the letter here:http://lee.house.gov/sites/lee.house.gov/files/President%20Obama%20Drones%20Letter%203%2011%202013.pdf. Rep. Lee, Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force said of the letter, “It is far past time that the White House openly discuss the drones program. The President has full reign to protect the United States as Commander in Chief, but Congress has a vital oversight role in this issue, and we cannot shy away from those responsibilities. We have to protect the checks and balances that are at the heart of our democracy.” The letter cites several concerning factors of the Administration’s drone policy including, “An unbounded geographic scope; unidentified ‘high-level; officials with authority to approve kill-lists; a vaguely defined definition of whether a capture is “feasible,” an overly broad definition of the phrase “imminent threat,” which re-defines the word in a way that strays significantly from its traditional and legal meaning.” 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. Peace, Max Obuszewski, on behalf of Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore/Fund Our Communities 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 410-366-1637 "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