BRING THE TROOPS HOME.  NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY, WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT WE SAY!sm
Today in Iraq tens of THOUSANDS of their people marched in just one city demanding that we end the occupation.

The flimsy pretense that any of this was for the glorious benefit of the Iraqi people is in utter shreds. For those still arguing for burying our heads even deeper in the sand it's all about us now. They say we can't leave because WE can't afford to lose, because WE need to have access to all that oil.

Who will admit we have already lost, when 90% of the Iraqi people hate us for being the unwelcome occupiers we have become? There are no smiles for us there anymore, let alone any flowers. Who will tell the truth to the American people that the Iraqis already know so grimly, that from the beginning this was all about stealing their oil and absolutely nothing else?

In the meantime, the coalition of the missing in action, our former allies, saw the handwriting on the wall quite some time ago, and they're all on their way outta there. The occupation has got to end. The occupation is going to end. Who will have the political courage to admit the facts of death as they are on the ground, and put an end to it NOW?

You can call your members of Congress right now on one of these toll-free numbers, 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or 800-614-2803. There are operators on duty 24 hours a day. Just ask to be connected to one of your senators or your house representative and they'll put you through.

The war in Vietnam almost destroyed our country, until enough people finally spoke out to stop it. You can stop the occupation Iraq NOW, and the planned expansion into Iran, if only you will speak out now. Click here to also call for the impeachment of president Bush


If you want to make sure your message gets through, the one click form below will send your personal message to both of your senators, with the subject "End the occupation of Iraq now." At the same time you can send your personal comments only as a letter to the editor of your nearest local daily newspaper if you like. Read our simple, comprehensive plan HOW we're going to stop the occupation.

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HOW WE'RE GOING TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME

1. WEB SITE ACTIONS

All progressive blogs should FEATURE a prominent Bring The Troops Home action center. If you have a web page of any kind, the absolute bare minimum is to have in the top fold of your main index page (if not on every page of your site) one of the toll-free Capitol telephone numbers (800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or 800-614-2803), plus an exhortation to call your members of Congress specifically to oppose the occupation, and not in teeny-tiny type, but in large bold type that nobody could miss.

If you want to do more, we have a dedicated action page at http://www.millionphonemarch.com that you can link to. It will send a personal message directly to both of your senators, and at the same time you can automatically send a Letter to the Editor of your nearest daily newspaper all with just one click. We will even set you up with the code to run a form parallel to ours on your own URL, using our server submission resources only in the background. Just email to dc@thepen.us and it's yours in a matter of minutes.

In addition we have a free module that will instantly return the direct Washington phone and fax numbers of all your members of Congress at http://www.usalone.com/get_instantcongress.htm. You can download the code right on the spot from that page and have the feature on your own site.

If you have a mailing list of any kind of your own opt-ins, do a mailing emphasizing the importance of this action and provide the toll-free number AND link to http://www.millionphonemarch.com. Direct email is one of the most effective tools for generating messages to Congress.

2. RADIO ACTIONS

All progressive radio personalities should dedicate part of EVERY show to giving out the toll-free congressional phone numbers (currently 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 and 800-614-2803) and to rally your listeners to take action on this. Don't just assume people know it already or can find it on their own. PROMOTE it. Talk is not enough, not even close. We must convert advocacy into ACTION. In the same way that a single run of an ad on your radio station will not have sufficient impact standing alone, you should make this a recurrent theme of your show.

At the same time you can give out the URL of the main action page, http://www.millionphonemarch.com, or any other easy to say and remember web address you like, to get people to email or phone or fax their members of Congress. In addition all the other things above that apply to other web sites apply to you as well. Feature the congressional toll-free phone numbers and action links and do it prominently on your main page, your blogs, and ideally on ALL your pages at least in one of your side columns.

And as a listener of your favorite progressive radio show, call in. Encourage them to get on the case to give out the toll-free number, and to give out web links and post them on their sites. Talk about this on the air when they put you on. There is also a List of all the major progressive call-in talk radio shows on this page, together with the call-in numbers.

3. PHONE AND FAX ACTIONS

The most powerful single thing you can do personally is to call the offices of your members of Congress directly and tell them that they must heed the voice of the people. There are three toll-free phone numbers we have tested good recently, 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 and 800-614-2803. They are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Otherwise use the Lookup Phones function at the top of this page to get all their direct phone and fax numbers, including all their district offices. Start with their Washington numbers, and if their message logs are full because it's at night or a weekend, go for the nearest district office, then follow up AGAIN with Washington first thing in the morning the next weekday.

Send the link for this page, http://www.millionphonemarch.com, to all your friends and encourage them to also take action. It is only by engaging all our friends and neighbors that Congress will finally get the message.

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