Progressives Demand No Vote on Military Action in Syria

WHO: Progressive Democrats of America and allies WHAT: Telling Congress to Vote 'No' on Military Action in Syria WHERE: Washington, D.C. and Congressional offices across the US WHEN: Sept. 5 and 6, 2013 WHY: Americans Want Diplomacy, Not War
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WASHINGTON - Sept. 5, 2013 - PRLog -- Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) National Director Tim Carpenter said, "The US should work with our allies and the international community to solve this grave situation, instead of going it alone against the will of the people and the world. There remain many unanswered questions surrounding reported chemical weapons usage in Syria, yet the Administration is poised for military intervention which is more likely to add to chaos and suffering than end it. As Progressive Democrats, we find this unacceptable, and will mobilize voters to convey this clear message to their members of Congress. Our activists and allies are speaking out at Congressional Offices in Washington, D.C. and at district offices across the US, telling members of Congress to vote against authorizing any military strike against Syria."

Carpenter added, "On September 5 and 6, PDA will turn up the heat on Congress nation-wide delivering letters written by PDA Board Member Tom Hayden at district and DC offices, then following up with phone banking and email messages calling for forceful diplomacy, a cease-fire and eventually power-sharing arrangements under international supervision. The international community opposes US military action. Our activists supported our board member Rep. Barbara Lee's effort last week to slow the rush to war. We launched this campaign September 4, with rallies and letter deliveries at Congressional offices in Maryland and other organizing efforts."

See Tom Hayden letter here:"

PDA DC Advocacy Director Andrea Miller explained: "Specifically, PDA calls upon the Congress to demand the Administration do the following:

- Investigate the Syrian gas attacks thoroughly before considering any military action.

- Value the opinions of our allies and the international community

- Avoid the trap of military escalation by seeking United Nations and international peacekeeping solutions

- Use forceful diplomacy to solve this problem--not resort to force in lieu of diplomacy

- Begin a domestic national conversation to develop a coherent, sustainable, and human rights-based US policy regarding the Middle East"

Miller added, "PDA has built a national rapid response team to educate Congress on progressive issues. Dedicated volunteers deliver hundreds of monthly letters to Congressional offices and organize street heat demonstrations to pressure representatives to act, while PDA educates representatives and staff through DC-based round tables."

Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 to reform the Democratic Party and restore its focus on first principles including social and economic justice, environmental protection, ending corporate rule, promoting fair and transparent elections, fair--not "free"--trade, and ending wars and occupations. PDA strives to rebuild the Democratic Party from the bottom up--from every congressional district to statewide party structures to the corridors of power in Washington, where we work arm in arm with the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In just seven years, PDA and its allies have shaken up the political status quo.

PDA is a federal PAC and has endorsed several candidates for Congress. PDA National Board members include: Representatives John Conyers, Raul Grijalva, Jim McGovern, and Barbara Lee as well as, Mimi Kennedy, Tom Hayden, Jim Hightower, Dr. Quentin Young, Michael Lighty, Thom Hartmann, Andy Shallal, Lila Garrett, Medea Benjamin, Donna Smith, Robert Score, Steve Cobble, and Bill Fletcher.

CONTACTS: PDA National Director Tim Carpenter 413-320-2015
PDA DC Advocacy Director Andrea Miller 443-878-2071
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