Triangle Area (grass between Rayburn House Building and Capitol
September 17 at 11:30am
DC -- Representatives
from several organizations will gather at 11:30 am on Wednesday, September 17 at
the House Triangle to respond to the President's plan to bomb Iraq and Syria.
Speakers include Andrea Miller of Progressive Democrats of America, Stephen
Miles of the coalition Win Without War, Ret. Colonel Ann Wright of Veterans for
Peace, Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, and Alli McCracken of the youth group No
Future in War.
the past six weeks, President Obama has dragged the US into deeper into war by
launching more than 150 airstrikes in Iraq and threatening to bomb ISIL in
Syria. Congress will vote on Wednesday to send weapons to Syrian rebels, which
will stoke the internal conflict in Syria even more. Press conference speakers
are staunchly opposed to renewed US military intervention in the region. They
maintain that ISIS gained strength because the American-backed sectarian Iraqi
government alienated the Sunni population of Iraq. Further US involvement would
be counterproductive, as it would act as a recruiting tool for
can be a part of the solution this time, not the problem, but that won't happen
with bombs. We've been there, done that, and it didn't work," said CODEPINK
co-founder Medea Benjamin. "This is a problem that requires a political
US is not the target of ISIS, but if we become more involved, we could be," said
Ret. Colonel Ann Wright of Veterans for Peace. "We are deeply worried for the
safety of the people in Iraq and Syria, but this is a crisis that needs a
political solution, not a military one. Until social, economic and religious
issues are addressed by governments in the region, not only in Iraq and Syria,
but also in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen and Qatar, conflict
Miller, Progressive Democrats of America
is the co-chair of Progressive Democrats of America. Andrea co-hosts, organizes
and programs PDA's Blog Talk Radio show. She is also the lead designer and
production team leader for PDA's websites and co-directs PDA's Capitol Hill
letter drops and Hill meetings.
Miles, Win Without War
Miles is the advocacy director for Win Without War, a diverse coalition of 40
member organizations formed in opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
and the underlying national security strategy that created them. Stephen is a
veteran of campaign politics with a strong background in grassroots
Benjamin is the co-founder of the peace group CODEPINK and the human rights
group Global Exchange. She is the author of Drone
Warfare: Killing By Remote Control.
Colonel Ann Wright, Veterans for Peace
Wright is a former United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department
official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War and President
Obama's drone program.
McCracken, No Future in War
McCracken is the National Coordinator of a new youth group No Future in War and
one of the authors of There
is No Future in War: You Rise Up, a Manifesto
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