Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Are you a constituent of Rep. John Sarbanes? Can you join us at his Towson office on June 20 at 4:30 PM? Can you sign on to this letter? Please send your address. 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

Re: Important Legislation

June 19, 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.

The recovery is weak, and our economy is not creating jobs is the quantity or quality needed. We desperately need strong leadership from the Federal Government to help create jobs, and to train Americans to contribute in the new economy. Therefore, we urge you to support HR 870 / 4277 - Rep. Conyers “21st Century Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act” which would establish the National Full Employment Trust Fund to create employment opportunities for the unemployed. And, also to support H.R. 2914 - Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s “Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act” which would create an emergency jobs program that will fund 2,242,000 jobs in the near-term.

It is long over due to pull out of Afghanistan, and we can't afford war with Iran. We urge you to join the Out of Afghanistan Caucus; and to cosponsor and support HR 780, Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill to fund the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan; and HR 4173, Rep. Lee’s "Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act."

Healthcare is a human right. We urge you to cosponsor and support legislation to guarantee healthcare for all: HR 676, Rep. John Conyers’s bill to establish an improved and expanded Medicare for All program; and HR 1200, Rep. Jim McDermott’s American Health Security Act of 2011 to deliver universal health care coverage.

Finally, we are seeking an end to the use of killer drone strikes, which we believe to be illegal and unconstitutional. Would you be willing to speak out in Congress against the use of drones which are killing civilians in at least five countries—Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen?

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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