NJ Peace Action

Legislative Action Alert

Please call your U.S. Senators and Congressmen to urge action on these bills.
Toll-free numbers for Congressional switchboard: 800-517-5696
Afghanistan: We need to continue pushing for H.R. 2404, which requires an Afghanistan exit strategy before the end of 2009. It now has up to 90 co-sponsors, including Reps. Donald Payne, Steven Rothman and Rush Holt from New Jersey. We need to persuade others to support it.
Close the School of the Americas: The Latin America Military Training Review Act, H.R. 2567, would suspend operation of the School of the Americas as a first step toward shutting it down for good. Introduced by Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass, on May 21, it has 49 co-sponsors, including Rush Holt and Steven Rothman. One section of the bill calls for an investigation of human rights abuses at the School.
Close Guantanamo: The Lawful Interrogation and Detention Act, S. 147 and H.R. 374, would require closing the prison at Guantanamo within a year of enactment. Those now imprisoned there would have to be charged with a crime and moved to a U.S. prison, transferred to an international tribunal authorized by the United Nations, transferred
to their home country consistent with U.S. and international law and the Convention Against Torture, or released. It would also limit use of certain interrogation techniques, prohibit interrogation by private contractors and require notifying the Red Cross when individuals are detained. There are no New Jersey sponsors.
Stop Abuse of Power: Support H.R. 104, to establish the National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties to investigate extraordinary rendition, domestic warrantless electronic surveillance and other abuses by the Bush administration. Sponsored by Rep John Conyers, D-MI, it has 48 co-sponsors but so far only one from New Jersey, Rush Holt.
Nuclear Weapons: Obama has spoken of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. To help make that a reality, write or call your Senators and Congressman and ask “how are you going to help the President get a world free of nuclear weapons?”
Iran: Support negotiations with Iran and oppose bills and amendments for sanctions.
For details, e-mail Madelyn Hoffman at nj_peaceaction@yahoo.com