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Briefing from Iraqi Women and Q&A - Open to Public

'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus

March 3, 2006

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to attend an informative briefing with nine Iraqi women who have come to the US to commemorate International Women's Day, March 8. The women represent a wide breadth of Iraqi society, including academics, an engineer, health care workers, homemakers, journalists, filmmakers, and women's rights activists. A brief biography for each is below. They will speak about the effects of the war on their lives, their families and other ordinary Iraqis.

Transfer $60 Billion in “Cold War Era

Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing

Contact info for Rep. Watt

Rep. Watt's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: http://www.house.gov/watt
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
2236 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-3312
Phone: (202) 225-1510
Fax: (202) 225-1512

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Scott

Rep. Scott's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/scott
E-mail: bobby.scott@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
1201 LHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-4603
Phone: (202) 225-8351

Contact info for Rep. Nadler

Rep. Nadler's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/nadler
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
2334 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-3208
Phone: (202) 225-5635
Fax: (202) 225-6923

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Boucher

Rep. Boucher's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/boucher
E-mail: ninthnet@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
2187 RHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-4609
Phone: (202) 225-3861

Contact info for Rep. Boucher

Rep. Berman's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information
Web Site: www.house.gov/berman
E-mail: howard.berman@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
2221 RHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-0528
Phone: (202) 225-4695

Contact info for Rep. Wasserman Schultz

Rep. Wasserman Schultz's cosponsorship of important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: www.house.gov/wasserman-schultz
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
118 CHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-0920
Phone: (202) 225-7931
Fax: (202) 226-2052

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee

Click on Links below for Contact and other Information for
the Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee
Ranking Member: Conyers. Other Democrats: Berman | Boucher
Delahunt | Jackson_Lee | Lofgren | Meehan | Nadler
Sanchez | Schiff | Scott | Van_Hollen | Wasserman_Schultz
Waters | Watt | Weiner | Wexler

Contact info for Rep. Van Hollen

Rep. Van Hollen's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: www.house.gov/vanhollen
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
1419 LHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-2008
Phone: (202) 225-5341
Fax: (202) 225-0375

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Sanchez

Rep. Sanchez's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.lindasanchez.house.gov
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
1007 LHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-0539
Phone: (202) 225-6676
Fax: (202) 226-1012

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Schiff

Rep. Schiff's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/schiff
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
326 CHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-0529
Phone: (202) 225-4176
Fax: (202) 225-5828

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Weiner

Rep. Weiner's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: www.house.gov/weiner
E-mail: weiner@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
1122 LHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-3209
Phone: (202) 225-6616
Fax: (202) 226-7253

Contact info for Rep. Wexler

Rep. Wexler's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/wexler
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
213 CHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-0919
Phone: (202) 225-3001
Fax: (202) 225-5974

Main District Office:
2500 N. Military Trail, #100

Contact info for Rep. Delahunt

Rep. Delahunt's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/delahunt
E-mail: william.delahunt@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
2454 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-2110
Phone: (202) 225-3111

Contact info for Rep. Meehan

Rep. Meehan's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/meehan
Contact via 'Webform'

Washington Office:
2229 RHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-2105
Phone: (202) 225-3411
Fax: (202) 226-0771

Main District Office:
11 Kearney Sq., 3rd Fl.

Contact info for Rep. Waters

Rep. Waters's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: http://www.house.gov/waters
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
2344 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-0535
Phone: (202) 225-2201
Fax: (202) 225-7854

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Jackson Lee

Rep. Jackson Lee's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.jacksonlee.house.gov
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
2435 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-4318
Phone: (202) 225-3816
Fax: (202) 225-3317

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Lofgren

Rep. Lofgren's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: http://zoelofgren.house.gov
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
102 CHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-0516
Phone: (202) 225-3072
Fax: (202) 225-3336

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. John Conyers

Rep. Conyers's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: www.house.gov/conyers
E-mail: john.conyers@mail.house.gov

Washington Office: 2426 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-2214
Phone: (202) 225-5126

We Need a Katrina Commission

By Senator Harry Reid

Last night, the Associated Press released tapes containing a shocking piece of information. According to the accompanying article, "In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, risking lives in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage of the briefings." [1]

Out of Iraq Caucus Now Has 72 Members

[Now if only they could all back McGovern's bill to get us out of Iraq!]

‘Out of Iraq’ Caucus Membership
(As of April 21, 2006)

Rep. Maxine Waters, Chair, Co-Founder
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Co-Founder
Rep. John Conyers, Co-Founder
Rep. Charlie Rangel, Co-Founder
Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Founder
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Co-Founder
Rep. William Delahunt, Co-Founder
Rep. John Lewis, Co-Founder

Why We Act

By Congressman John Conyers

Before sharing some thoughts with you, I wanted to make sure all of you know about an important event in New York City at 8pm tonight. Harper's Magazine is hosting a public forum entitled "Is There a Case for Impeachment?" It will be moderated by Sam Seder of Air America Radio's the Majority Report. I will be on the panel with Lewis H. Lapham, the editor of Harper's and recent author of an article I highly recommend "The Case for Impeachment" (the web article is an excerpt, get the magazine for the whole thing).

Congresswoman Waters: 'Iraq is in a Civil War'

Washington, DC - Last night, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), during a speech on the Floor of the House of Representatives, called the war in Iraq a civil war. The text of the speech is below.

Congresswoman Waters is the Founder and Chair of the 71 member 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus. The Caucus was formed in June 2005 to pressure the Administration into concluding the war in Iraq as soon as possible.

Gold Star Mother Tells Congress Not To Fund More War

Statement of Tia Steele, Gold Star Families Speak Out

Testimony provided to: House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs

March 1, 2006

Lance Corporal David Michael Branning was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq on November 12, 2004. He was killed when he and his buddy, Lance Corporal Brian Medina, were ordered to kick in the door of a private home in that city. I imagine that in the last minutes of their lives, they must have known that there might be people in that dwelling - people who were defending their home. These defenders fired on David and Brian. David was shot in the throat and the bullet exited his head; he died virtually instantly. Brian bled to death within minutes. David was 21 years old; Brian was 20.

Wife of National Guard Soldier Tells Congress Not to Fund More War

Statement of Stacy Bannerman, Advisory Board Member, Military Families Speak Out

Testimony provided to: House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs.

March 1, 2006

I am the wife of a National Guard soldier who served twelve months in Iraq. I am also a member of Military Families Speak Out, an organization of more than 3,000 military families opposed to the war in Iraq. I am joined by Tia Steele, Gold Star Families Speak Out, Liz Frederick, Military Families Speak Out, and Garett Reppenhagen, Iraq Veterans Against the War. We are the military families and personnel who pay the price of war.

Military Family Member Tells Congress Not to Fund More War

Statement of Elizabeth Frederick, Military Families Speak Out

Testimony provided to: House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs

March 1, 2006

In May of 2004, my partner informed me his National Guard division was being mobilized to deploy to Iraq. Eight months later, his division finally deployed. I say finally because his date of deployment kept changing. They were initially scheduled to leave in October, and for whatever reason, the date kept being pushed back. While I enjoyed having him home for a longer period of time, it was mentally taxing to constantly be saying a final goodbye, only to repeat the process again month after month.

Veteran Tells Congress Not to Fund More War

Written Testimony of Garett Reppenhagen
Returned Iraq War Veteran; Member of Iraq Veterans Against the War

Submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs

Date of Hearing: March 1, 2006 at 10:00 A.M.

Thank you for this opportunity to provide testimony on issues concerning military quality of life and Veterans affairs. I joined the Army in August of 2001 and became a Cavalry/Scout at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. I was indoctrinated into a military that I was proud of and had the courage to serve because I trusted that the government of the United States would use me in responsibly and necessary manner.

Military Wife Opposing War in Iraq to Testify before House Appropriations Subcommittee

Group to Tell Congress to Stop War Funding, Bring Troops Home Now

WASHINGTON, DC - Wednesday, March 1st, Stacy Bannerman, wife of a National
Guard soldier who returned from Iraq will testify in front of the House

Summary of Meeting With Rep. Jerrold Nadler

By Brooklyn Parents for Peace

A delegation of 8 members of Brooklyn Parents For Peace met today with Representative Gerald Nadler at his office on Varick Street in Manhattan.

The purpose of the meeting was to have a dialogue on the present situation in Iraq. Specifically, our group wanted to bring up the question of the $72.4 billion "emergency" supplemental appropriation that the Bush administration has requested. This would continue the financing of the war in Iraq and add to the already $320 billion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The vote on this request is imminent and requires immediate action.

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