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http://www.stop-losscongress.org/

 

CONTACT: 

JAMILLA EL-SHAFEI  202 239 9697

mailto:Jamilla@stop-losscongress.org

DAVID RUBINSON  202 239 9553

mailto:davidr@stop-losscongress.org

video: http://www.youtube.com/stoplosscongress

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008

A wide coalition of Iraq Vets, College students, and veteran activists; Members of STOP-LOSS CONGRESS, OurSpringBreak, Code Pink, IVAW, and VFP, today served Rep. Dennis Kucinich with a STOP-LOSS ORDER in his Congressional offices in Washington DC.  The STOP-LOSS ORDER, which was served on every member of Congress in the last two days, involuntarily extends the tour of duty of Congress until every soldier and contractor is out of Iran and Afghanistan, and cancels Congress' planned Easter vacation, effective immediately.  Rep. Kucinich, agreeing that Congress works for the people, has agreed to comply immediately with the STOP-LOSS ORDER, remain at his desk, not leave when his fellow members of Congress go on vacation, and to stay on duty until ALL the troops and contractors are home. Other members of Congress will be announcing their compliance today.

Rep. Kucinich today is meeting with members of OurSpringBreak, the organization of students who have come to Washington to spend their school vacation working on political activism.



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SENATE SERVED WITH STOP-LOSS ORDERS !

HOUSE TO BE SERVED TODAY, CIVIL RESISTANCE TOMORROW

 

SENATORS TOLD: “Congress can’t go home until all the Troops are home…”
STOP-LOSS CONGRESS, the nationwide grass-roots organization, joined by members of OurSpringBreak, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink, and Veterans for Peace, and led by active-duty personnel and veterans who have endured involuntary extensions of their tours of duty, served STOP-LOSS orders on members of the Senate yesterday, involuntarily extending the Senators’ tours of duty effective immediately, and canceling Congress’ upcoming Easter vacation. All members of The House will be served today (11).
 
 “This March, while tens of thousands of Americans in Washington, D.C., and all over the United States will be participating in non-violent actions to protest the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and involuntarily deployed U.S. soldiers and innocent civilian victims begin another year of occupation, torture, and murder, U.S. congress members plan to go on vacation (March 15th to 30th), ignoring the killing and suffering they have enabled, supported, and financed.” said one of the team of organizers.
 
“To intensify the irony, Congress has condoned a widespread stop-loss policy in the military which requires soldiers to involuntarily extend their tours and prolong the killing.”

“It is time to Stop-Loss Congress!”

 

 
ACTION TOMORROW, Wednesday March 12 4:30PM  West Front of The Capitol:  nonviolent DIRECT action on Capitol Hill, to enforce full compliance with the Stop-Loss Orders, and ensure that the members of Congress and their staffs will not go home but remain to DO THEIR DUTY, and immediately end the funding of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and that No member of Congress goes home until ALL THE TROOPS COME HOME.
 
These actions are all complementary to the WINTER SOLDIER events being organized by I.V.A.W. which will bring together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The term “STOP-LOSS CONGRESS” came from IVAW leader Adam Kokesh.
 
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Live! YouTube Event –     March 10, 11, 12 on www.youtube.com/stoplosscongress 

up-to-the-minute LIVE VIDEO STARTING TUESDAY MARCH 11 !

up-to-the-minute footage of the NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTIONS when we enforce the STOP-LOSS ORDERS on Congress. 

www.youtube.com/stoplosscongress 

THE ORIGINAL STOP-LOSS VIDEO: