Monday, December 15, 2014

Can you sign on to this letter?/Can you help deliver it at 4:30 PM on Dec. 17?

Rep. John Sarbanes
600 Baltimore Ave.
Suite 303
Towson, MD 21204

December 17, 2014

Dear Representative Sarbanes:

Members of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore are voters and supporters of Progressive Democrats of America, and we trust you will be observing this Season of Peace and Compassion. Please give consideration to cosponsor the following legislation, (if you haven't already), and to oppose policies that could undermine diplomacy and the well being of American families.

This is the time to give diplomacy with Iran time to work. Progress may be slow, but it promises positive results. We strongly urge you to hold off on any new sanctions or any other actions that could set back ongoing negotiations and risk another costly, tragic war.

Please contact Rep. Raúl Grijalva’s office at (202)-225-2435 to cosponsor H.Con.Res. 114 to require the House to debate military intervention against ISIS. Warfare created the conditions that gave rise to ISIS. More warfare will increase instability in the Middle East. Also, please vote against new or renewed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Please oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and any other multinational commercial agreements that that would serve multinational special interests, and hurt American families. Also, oppose “fast track” or any other accelerated approval procedure that might abridge Congressional oversight.

Please contact Rep. Hank Johnson’s office at (202) 225-1605 to cosponsor H.R. 5478, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. This legislation would amend the program that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to transfer military equipment to local police forces that makes communities look like war zones, and threatens—rather than promotes—public safety.

Please contact Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's office: (202) 225-8050 to cosponsor H.R. 292, the New Columbia Admission Act, legislation to set forth procedures to bring the state of New Columbia into the union—ending the injustice of taxation without representation for 100,000s in Washington, D.C.

Please contact Rep. Peter DeFazio's s office: (202) 225-6416 to cosponsor H.R. 630, the Postal Service Protection Act of 2013, to recalculate and restore retirement annuity obligations of the United States Postal Service (USPS), eliminate the requirement that the USPS pre-fund its Retiree Health Benefits Fund, restrict postal facilities closures, create incentives for innovation, and maintain levels of postal service.

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.

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. We thank you for your consideration regarding these critically important issues, and look forward to ongoing discussion and engagement with you in the coming months.


Max Obuszewski, on behalf of Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore/Fund Our Communities
Apt. 206, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Baltimore 21212

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