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As part of a national response to President Obama's announcement this Tuesday to increase troops in Afghanistan by 34,000 men and women, citizens of Virginia are being asked to express their dissent by participating in a statewide call-in day to their Representatives and Senators Webb and Warner.
Call these numbers and ask to speak to elected official you are calling. If you can only speak to a staff member, that is okay, but make sure to ask if your concerns and thoughts will be passed on to the Senator or Representative. Make sure you mention that you are a voting citizen of the congressional district that you live in.
Here are some suggestions of what you might say to your elected officials:
-remind them that Congress has the power to stop the president from sending more troops by denying the funds he will be requesting.
-ask that immediate hearings be held to explore civilian and non-violent solutions to the crisis in Afghanistan.
-remind them that 40% unemployment in Afghanistan contributes to increased recruitment by the Taliban.
-ask that a cash for work program that pays Afghans to rebuild their country be instituted immediately.
-remind them that women's rights have lessened and rapes have increased under the US occupation, that the current Afghan government treats women just the same as the Taliban does, and that women's rights and democracy are only paid lip service by those who would have us occupy Afghanistan.
-demand an end to the war and occupation, and demand that war funding be re-routed towards a more productive approach in Afghanistan.
Call Senator Warner (202) 224-2023
Call Senator Webb (202) 224-4024
Call your Representative-
Rep. Wittman, 1st (202) 225-4261
Rep. Nye, 2nd (202) 225-4215
Rep. Scott, 3rd (202) 225-8351
Rep. Forbes, 4th (202) 225 - 6365
Rep. Perriello, 5th (202) 225-4711
Rep. Goodlatte, 6th (202) 225-5431
Rep. Cantor, 7th (202) 225-2815
Rep. Moran, 8th (202) 225-4376
Rep. Boucher, 9th (202) 225-3861
Rep. Wolf, 10th (202) 225-5136
Rep. Connolly, 11th (202) 225-1492
For a list of all of Virginia's representatives in Congress go to- http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml#va and click on your rep. to find their HOME OFFICE number.
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