Thursday, June 2, 2011

25% more want to end the war

Dear MoveOn Member,

You, along with our friends and allies, have helped get us closer to bringing the war in Afghanistan to an end.

Just last week, the House voted on the McGovern-Jones Amendment, which called for an "accelerated transition" of our troops out of Afghanistan. This critical bellwether for where Congress stands on the war had thousands of you calling your representatives as it came to a vote.

While the Amendment was narrowly defeated (204 to 215), the votes it attracted, including those of 26 Republicans, exceeded everyone's expectations. It's hard to come so close to an unexpected victory, but the massive improvement (by 25%) over the 162 votes previously received for similar legislation was a victory in itself. It helped send a strong message.

Combined with petitions signed by over 250,000 people, President Obama is hearing that Americans, including many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, want this long war brought to an end. 

The President will get that message specifically from MoveOn members next week, when your petition is sent to him straight from Representative Chellie Pingree. Help get as many names on it as possible before then, by sharing it with people you know:

Click here to share the petition to bring our troops home.

This is right when the President is deciding how many troops to bring home in July, to honor his 2009 commitment for an "accelerated transition". And we need to keep pushing back against voices in the Pentagon who want to keep us in Afghanistan without any foreseeable end.

Our friends at Credo Action, Win Without War, Brave New Foundation, USAction, Democracy for America, and Campaign for America's Future, among others, all contributed to getting over 250,000 Americans on petitions to bring our troops home. We'll continue to work with these allies on ways to bring our troops home faster, accelerate the end of the war, and put a stop to its unacceptable drain on our resources.

But right now, you can help keep the momentum going by sharing your petition to the President with your social networks.

Recent studies show that you have the ability to influence 8,000 people or more (your friends, your friends' friends, and even your friends' friends' friends).1 That's why sharing is even more important than signing.

Click here to share your petition with the people you know (and the people they know).

Thank you for all that you do,

–Justin, Michael, Carrie, Tim, and the rest of the team


1. Christakis, N.A. & Fowler, J.H. (2009), Connected: How your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel Think or Do, New York, Back Bay Books.

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