The following is the recent email I received today on the Campaign to Keep The Guard here in Oregon.
I just called the number (503-378-4582)
It is easy to do
It was voicemail and I got 3 minutes to "say what I wanted to say"
My big point in my message was that the AUMF's (Authorizations for Use of Military Force) for this invasion, have "no provisions to end this conflict" and there is wording that states there are WMD's .... well folks this is deployment based on lies.
It takes just a few minutes to support this peace movement
So many lives are at stake
My cousin committed suicide in Iraq in 2005
In the letter he wrote Peterus he said "i didn't come here for greed & corruption, death before dishonor, I wont be sullied no more" he then shot him self in the head in Bagdad. He was a Col training the "special forces"
When do we as citizens DEMAND this shit STOP
We do it now!
We make the call now!
Its easier than ordering a pizza .... please call 503-378-4582
Here is the latest information and more phone numbers to demand hearings for HB 2556
KEEP OREGON'S GUARD IN OREGON ACTION ALERT: CALL NOW, CALL AGAIN FEB 26
As you know, half of the Oregon National Guard troops are slated to
deploy to Iraq in late March/early April. Our state campaign is going well so far--legislation has been introduced in the Oregon legislature to keep them here (HB 2556, HR 4 and SR 1), but we need your help to push it along. We are on a very tight timeline, so every day that goes by without forward movement is critical. We need you to act now!
There will also be a call-in day on Thursday, Feb. 26 to contact your legislators about the bills and resolutions, and to also call Senate President Peter Courtney and Speaker of the House Dave Hunt.
The next step in the process is getting hearings before the House Rules
Committee, so we are asking you to get on the phone to press for this.
Here are the people to call, and a sample script is below:
Speaker of the House, Representative Dave Hunt (D-40): 503-986-1200
(can make sure the measures get scheduled for a hearing)
Chair of the House Rules Committee: Representative Arnie Roblan (D-9):
Vice-Chair Rules Committee: Representative Vicki Berger (R-20):
Rules Committee Member: Representative Tobias Read (D-27): 503-986-1427
Rules Committee Member: Representative Mary Nolan (D-36): 503-986-1900
Rules Committee Member: Representative Bill Garrard (R-56): 503-986-1456
Rules Committee Member: Representative Bob Jenson (R-58): 503-986-1458
Rules Committee Member: Representative Sara Gelser (D-16): 503-986-1416
"Hello, my name is Concerned Citizen (if applicable, add "and I am a
constituent.") and I am one of the 7200 people who signed a petition to keep
our Oregon National Guard at home (or: I belong to one of the 56
organizations that supports the Keep Oregon's Guard in Oregon campaign, or I am a supported of the Campaign's goals). The State Legislature responded to our petition with HB 2556 and HR 4, but unless hearings are scheduled immediately, it may be too late. Please give this legislation a chance by giving it high priority. Schedule the hearings and let the people testify. There is no time to waste."
Here are similar points in list form
**The authorizations for our Guard to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are not valid and the Governor should keep the Guard in Oregon.
**In January at the Capitol, a campaign of 56 organizations delivered the names of over 7000 people from across the state who want legislation to keep our Guard home.
**The Legislature responded by introducing HB 2556, HR 4 and SR 1. I
support these measures, but all the energy will be wasted unless the system moves quickly.
**The Guard is set to leave Oregon at the end of March/early April-- there is no time to waste.
**We want Speaker Hunt to schedule hearings so that the people can testify.
We believe the hearings will build support for the legislation.
**21 states plus Washington DC are now pariticipating in the nationwide effort to keep the Guard home. In Maryland, Senate Committee has already agreed to hold a hearing sometime before the end of February just days after the bill was introduced.
The legislators who are co-sponsoring the Orgeon bill and resolutions are: Representatives Bailey, Dembrow, C. Edwards, Greenlick, Kahl, Thompson, Tomei and Shields. The Senators are: Monnes-Anderson, Monroe, Morrisette, Rosenbaum, Walker and Schrader.
If your representative or senator is not on this list, call or
write and ask them to co-sponsor! The more co-sponsors we have, the easier
it will be to move this through the system. To find your legislator's info, go to http://www.legislatorpro.com/oregon .
Again, look for more information as February 26 comes up but in the meantime, let's be sure our bill gets a hearing! Keep phones ringing all over the Capitol!
--Dan Handelman and Leah Bolger
for the Campaign to Keep Oregon's Guard in Oregon.