Sunday, October 13, 2013

Can you sign unto this letter?/.Can you join us at Rep. Sarbanes’ office at 4:30 PM on October 16 to deliver the letter?

Friends, Can you sign unto this letter? If yes, send me your snail mail address. Can you join us at Rep. Sarbanes’ office at 4:30 PM on October 16 to deliver the letter? Thanks for considering getting involved. Kagiso, Max Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 Rep. John Sarbanes 600 Baltimore Ave. Suite 303 Baltimore, MD 21204 October 16, 2013 Dear Representative Sarbanes, Members of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore are voters and supporters of Progressive Democrats of America. It’s time to get back to work on behalf of the citizens of this country. We believe that means ending the shutdown without delay, and without conceding to any so-called “Grand Bargain” that would raid Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. We believe Social Security should be enhanced, not raided. We believe all Americans who need it should be getting Medicaid, and consider it outrageous that so many Governors are hurting their own constituents by denying them access to the expanded Medicaid of the Affordable Care Act. And we believe Medicare should be expanded into Medicare for All, so that no one is left out of health care—which is why we support H.R. 676, introduced by Rep. Conyers. Those of us are proud to have played a role in blocking the bombing of Syria, and we would like to continue to push for “forceful diplomacy rather than war” in the region. We support Rep. Barbara Lee’s ongoing efforts to promote diplomacy with Syria in H. Con. Res. 53, and urge you to cosponsor if you have not already done so. We strongly oppose the rush to “fast track” the Trans Pacific Partnership. We oppose the TPP itself, and we strongly oppose the rush to fast track. Congress should have the right to fully consider this legislation, out in the open, where the voters can see what is in this secret trade deal. We urge you to oppose “fast track” authority for the Administration—trade deals should be Congressional matters. This nation needs some new revenue sources, to build new schools, repair our sewers and bridges, feed our hungry children, prepare for the impacts of climate change, put people back to work, and invest in our future. One excellent source of revenue would be a Financial Speculation Tax, also known as the Robin Hood Tax. This small tax on Wall Street’s speculative transactions—i.e., “casino activities”—would tamp down wasteful and dangerous financial speculation while raising large amounts of new revenue. That’s why PDA supports H. R. 1579, “The Inclusive Prosperity Act,” introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison. We encourage you to sign on to that bill if you have not done so, and thank you if you already have. Finally, we are seeking an end to the use of killer drone strikes, which we believe to be illegal and unconstitutional. We ask you to speak out against this assassination program, which ignores any veneer of due process. Consider as well a request for the full, unclassified release of information surrounding the administration’s drone policy. Rep. Barbara Lee, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force, has reminded the president that he has full rein to protect the United States as Commander in Chief, but Congress has a vital oversight role in this issue. 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 Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] Go to "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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