Support HR 200 - End the Afghanistan War

Please e-mail and call your Representative today to ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 200. If your Member of Congress was a co-sponsor of H.R. 780 or voted for it as an Amendment in the last Congress, please remind his or her staff that the Congress person already supports this language to end the war, and ask them to reaffirm that commitment. If not, tell them that the time has come to stand with Barbara Lee and end this war. Use the talking points and facts below as a guide, but please use your own words and then call to increase your impact.

On September 14th 2001, Representative Barbara Lee courageously stood alone in Congress to vote against the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that launched the US war in Afghanistan:

As this war has dragged on year after year, and the bodies of Americans and Afghans have been heaped on the altar of our vengeance for September 11th, Barbara Lee's warning, "Let us not become the evil we deplore," has echoed louder and clearer throughout our nation, even through the closed corridors of power in Washington DC.

While Barbara Lee's lonely stand in 2001 took incredible courage, her commitment to ending the war she opposed before it began has perhaps taken even greater courage and commitment to humanity. From one Congress to the next she has fought day in day out to bring bills and amendments to the floor of the House to finally end this bloodshed.

But Barbara Lee no longer stands alone.  In the last Congress, her Amendment to end the war won 113 votes, and her bill HR 780 for a safe and orderly withdrawal of all US forces won 72 co-sponsors.

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