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Norman Solomon Would Bring a Voice for Peace to Congress

Dear David,

You may remember Bob Dylan singing:
If God's on our side
He’ll stop the next war.
I often think of people I met in Baghdad. And in Kabul. And in Tehran.

I've seen children of war -- from threadbare hospitals to rubble-strewn streets to refugee camps.

As the only candidate in this race with foreign-policy experience, I’m not satisfied to hear “Bring our troops home.” We end up saying that because they were sent to war in the first place.

I went to Baghdad three times before the invasion of Iraq -- taking a Congressman and former Senator, an acclaimed actor and a former high-ranking U.N. official -- to meet with top Iraqi officials while the Bush administration, hell-bent on war, refused to engage in the slightest bit of diplomacy.

Later, as a guest on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” and other media outlets, I opposed the escalation that tripled the U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan during 2009 and 2010.

Now, I’m speaking out against a military attack on Iran.

It’s not enough to slow down the war drums. We need to render them silent.

That’s one of the main reasons I’m running for Congress.

By clicking here, you can help boost our campaign.

With Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey set to retire at the end of this year, it's crucial that her replacement be just as committed to ending endless war and finding alternatives to what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism.”

War is the illness of the state -- debilitating our society, making us incapable of getting our priorities straight.

In less than 60 days, voting will begin for the open seat here in California’s new 2nd District along the North Coast. Our campaign is, by far, the grassroots leader -- with more than 850 volunteers and more than 3,800 different contributors. We don’t accept corporate PAC money. We’re relying on the powerful dedication, hard work and passion of practical idealists who are determined to help create a better world.

At a time when all too many of our best lawmakers for peace and justice won’t be returning to Congress next year, we can’t afford to lose this seat to a “moderate” practitioner of political business as usual.

You can provide tangible help to our campaign.

Soon the airwaves and mailboxes will be filled with political messages bought by opponents who are relying on funds from wealthy donors.

Now, I need to ask you to make a contribution -- perhaps another generous contribution -- so we can get our message out. To do that, we need thousands of lawn signs. Hundreds of thousands of brochures. And a lot more.

For crucial outreach and “media messaging,” I need your help now.

* If you’d like to make possible four lawn signs (and the stakes to go in the ground with them), click here to contribute $20.

* If you can spring for a dozen lawn signs, click here to contribute $60.

* Or here to provide for twenty lawn signs by contributing $100.

* How about full-color brochures for our volunteers to take door-to-door? You can provide 1,000 brochures with a contribution of $80.

You get the idea. This is a grassroots campaign. And you can really make a difference.

California’s new election law says that the top two finishers in June -- regardless of party -- will advance to a November run-off. Polling shows we can get there, but only with your help!
This race is up for grabs.
Let’s grab it for peace.
Please tell friends, relatives and colleagues about our campaign. And you can help a lot by volunteering or contributing.

Thank you!

Best wishes,

P.S. -- Our friend Phil Donahue is speaking alongside me at a campaign fundraiser in Washington later this month. If you know people around D.C. who might want to attend, please pass this invitation along to them.

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War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

May 19, Sarasota, FL, 7:00 p.m. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL

May 20, Jacksonville, FL, 7:00 p.m., Florida Christian Center Auditorium, 1115 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205, (904) 381-4800.

May 21, Gainesville, FL
7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, Florida
4225 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 377-1669
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May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710

June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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