I proudly stand with Veterans For Peace-LA in signing the organization’s Declaration to defund the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, except to bring our troops home safely. To keep our troops in harm’s way, to spend 2-billion dollars a week on these occupations is a war on America’s middle class. We have money for bombs, but not for books –as 5,000 teachers in Los Angeles receive lay-off notices and community colleges close their summer school
I ask my opponents Janice Hahn and Debra Bowen to reconsider their decision not to sign the Declaration. Congress has the power of the purse, which it exercised to finally end the Vietnam War after an estimated 60,000 American soldiers and millions of Vietnamese lost their lives.
Let’s not wait for the death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan to climb any higher
This week Veterans For Peace-LA carried coffins in downtown Los Angeles as the number of U.S. soldiers lost in Iraq/Afghanistan reached 6,000.
We do not know how many Iraqis or Afghan troops and civilians have died because the Pentagon does not keep a record.
We must protect our troops. Bring them home. Spread this Declaration throughout the land – and ask every congressional candidate to sign it.
Congressional Candidate, CA-36
“We, the under signed congressional candidates (CA 36), sign this declaration vowing to vote against Iraq and Afghanistan supplemental war funding, except for funding to bring our troops home safely. We, the undersigned congressional candidates, do not wish to put our troops in harm’s way. To fund the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and occupations is to continue to endanger our troops. “