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Tell Your Representative to Support All Amendments to Reduce Military Spending in the Defense Appropriations Bill!

This week the House takes up the Defense Appropriations bill with votes on amendments coming as early as tomorrow.  Call your Representative today!

Click here to find the contact information for your House representative, or call 202.224.3121 for the congressional switchboard.

Upper Big Branch families plead for Congressional action on mine safety

Carrying enlarged photographs of their lost loved ones, family members of three of the 29 miners killed in the 2010 explosion at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine spent June 6-7 in Washington, D.C., pleading with lawmakers to take action to improve mine safety and to stiffen penalties for mining companies that knowingly, willingly, and recklessly place miners’ lives at risk.

Join Us in Collecting Signatures for the Budget for All Referendum

A coalition of community, labor, and peace groups are organizing to put a public policy question on the November ballot across Massachusetts. We need to collect 200 signatures of registered voters in each State Rep district by July 3. Sign up here to help gather signatures in your town to put the Referendum on the ballot!

The wording of the Budget for All Referendum question will be:

Budget for All Massachusetts Referendum

The Afghanistan war grinds on, the Pentagon budget keeps growing, corporations and the 1%'ers are paying lower taxes than their secretaries, Social Security and other benefits are under attack, and next to nothing is being done to create jobs. Instead of addressing these problems, the House of Representatives showed that it is still gripped by deficit fever when it passed the draconian Ryan budget, and gave only 78 votes to the alternative presented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Israelis and Palestinians demand peace in Gaza briefing video

Concerned citizens and Congressional staffers convened on Capitol Hill March 8, 2011 to hear the riveting stories of two people with deep ties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

How to Talk to Congress

Use this material to get your views on budget priorities across to your elected officials, either through visits or calls.

How to Talk to the Congressional Super Committee

Download our material on how to make yourself heard by your elected officials.  If you live in an area represented on the Super Committee it is critical that you make sure they hear from you and about your concerns.

Congressional Briefing: Israelis and Palestinians Demand Peace in Gaza

by Tim Sallinger

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Concerned citizens and Congressional staffers convened on Capitol Hill March 8 to hear the riveting stories of two people with deep ties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Laila El-Haddad, a Palestinian from Gaza, lives in Maryland with her children and husband, a Palestinian refugee denied the right to return to his homeland. Her parents currently live in Gaza.

Congressional Briefing: How US Policy Impacts Us

Participants at the Congressional Hearings

Laila El-Haddad, Helena Cobban and Elik Elhanan at the Congressional Briefing.

Muslim “radicalization” hearing causes concern

AFSC has joined 40 human-rights groups expressing deep concerns about Muslim “radicalization” hearings starting March 10. In a letter, the groups warn the hearings “risk chilling fundamental First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech and association." Read the full letter.

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