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Leslie Cagan Has Decided to Leave UFPJ

From Leslie Cagan, National Coordinator, UFPJ

This past weekend I told the UFPJ national steering committee that I have decided to leave my position on the staff of UFPJ.

Six years ago about a dozen of us pulled together a meeting to explore the possibility of forming a new coalition that would work to try to prevent the Bush administration from going to war in Iraq. Though we were not able to prevent that war, we did build what has become one of the largest and longest living progressive coalitions in this country, United for Peace and Justice. Our work has had a tremendous impact as we've built a movement that has made sure the war is central to the debate about this country's future. I am very proud of the contribution I've made to this collective effort, to say nothing of the important work we've all done these past years.

Now it is time for me to think about what comes next in my life and work. As you might imagine, this has not been an easy decision, nor was it made quickly or lightly. But as I've weighed a number of issues it became clear to me that this is the right step to take.

Our plan is to have me work at UFPJ through the 6th anniversary of the
war/occupation in Iraq, next March. This will give us a full 6 months to organize a transition that best serves the coalition. The administrative committee will be organizing the steps in the transition process, and as those are put into place we will make sure you all are kept posted.

This has been a truly incredible experience for me. I cannot imagine
having been anywhere else over these past 6 years. I'm sure before I
leave I'll be sharing more with you, but for now let me just say thanks to all of you who've been part of this journey.



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