On the eve of critical U.S. Senate votes on President Bush's Iraq escalation plan, the Progressive States Network announced today that over 20 state legislatures so far have introduced resolutions opposing the President's move and demanding Congress use its power to stop the so-called "surge."
This ongoing effort, which has included resolutions and subsequent legislative hearings in state capitols, is part of a campaign organized by the Progressive States Network that began two weeks ago with a conference call with state legislators and national leaders. On the call Senator Ted Kennedy highlighted the importance of states' input on the President's proposed deployment of 20,000 more troops.
For its speed and intensity, this effort is simply unprecedented. Congress cannot ignore the voice of states both red and blue in every region of the country. Americans far and wide oppose this escalation and these legislators are speaking up for the people they represent.
Using Progressive States' website, citizens have already sent over 10,000 letters to their legislators urging action state legislative against the escalation, and thousands more are expected to speak out in the coming weeks as part of a mobilization by Progressive States Network's partners Moveon, True Majority, and the Women Legislators' Lobby. This coming week, Moveon and Ned Lamont, PSN's newest board member, will blast out hundreds of thousands of emails asking citizens to contact their state legislators in support of the anti-Iraq escalation resolutions.
Opposition from legislatures organized by Progressive States is one facet in a much larger campaign involving Americans against Escalation in Iraq, a group comprised of US Action, Service Employers International Union (SEIU), Win Without War, Vote Vets, Center for American Progress, Campaign for America's Future, MoveOn, and United States Student Association.
For more information about the campaign, check here
States with Resolutions