12/17: Protest the Escalation in Afghanistan

Thursday, December 17th from 5:30 – 6:30pm @ Rep. Betty McCollum’s Office, 165 Western Ave North • Suite 17, Saint Paul

Representative McCollum supports President Obama’s call to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan and in addition she has proposed a 1% tax increase to pay for this war. Join our picket to say NO to the war and to war taxes!

The war has already cost American taxpayers $232 billion. The US spends $100 million a day on military operations in Afghanistan, and every additional soldier will add $1 million a year. Rep. McCollum has proposed that we pay for it – she is a co-sponsor of the “Share the Sacrifice Act of 2010,” which would impose a 1% added income tax on all of us. She said, “Shared sacrifice means not only committing to fight a war but also committing to pay for it.” Is this a sacrifice you want to share?

Too many Afghans and Americans have already died in this conflict. So far this year, Gen. McChrystal’s strategy has made 2009 the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with another soldier dying every 14 hours. At the same time, civilian casualties are at the worst levels since the aerial bombings at the start of the war. Expanding the military operations with 34,000 new troops will send these numbers through the roof. Stop the bloodshed and demand an end to the US occupation of Afghanistan.

If you can’t come call (651) 224-9191 or fax (651) 224-3056 her office to say NO to the war and to war taxes! Organized by the Anti-War Committee (antiwarcommitte.org, 612 379 3899)