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!