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Monday, February 14, 2011

[haw-info] Historians Can Help !

The new Congress is poised to enact some of the worst legislation in decades. While increasing expenditures on the Afghanistan War and the Department of Defense, there are plans to cut scores of valuable domestic programs: Head Start,Community Health Centers, financial assistance for low income college students, low income energy assistance, community service, block grants, housing for the elderly. And its not just Republicans, who are responsible for these skewed priorities.
Two simple things we can do this week:
Call (switchboard 202-224-3121) or email our Congressional  Representative and ask them to:
*Co-sponsor Barbara Lee's bill -the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act,which would limit funding in Afghanistan to the safe and orderly redeployment of U.S. troops and military contractors. for an updated list on co-sponsors and additional background: http://lee.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=296&sectiontree=38,75,296
* Vote in favor of an amendment to be introduced by Congressman Peter Stark, which would require that cuts in the Pentagon budget be part of any effort to reduce the budget deficit.
Over the next months, we need a network of historians to respond to developments in Congress. Please consider signing up. This need not involve a lot of time or a flood of emails, but it can have a significant impact.
If you can help, please send a return email to : hiscze@aol.com
Rusti Eisenberg,
Historians Against the War


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