Earlier this week, I hosted a Town Hall forum entitled "The Iraq War; a local response" with my colleague Rep. Paul Holvey of Eugene. Paul's son served in Iraq. Close to 100 people came together at Emmanuel Temple Church in North Portland to share what they were doing to end the war in Iraq. I want to hear what you are doing to bring the war to a conclusion, so others can join you if they so desire.
John Calhoun discussed his effort to get the Oregon congressional delegation to unify around a single exit strategy. Some of my neighbors are lobbying Governor Kulongoski and Senator Wyden to continue to be vocal in speaking out against the war. Some talked about withholding a portion of "war" taxes from their federal tax payment. Others talked about attending the upcoming rally on March 19 at 1:30 at Waterfront Park (PDF flyer).
The most powerful part of the evening was hearing from my constituent Jerry Murray, who served with the Marines in Vietnam and earned a Silver Star. He said, “I spent 12 months in Vietnam, all of it in the infantry. This is the same thing we went through 40 years ago. We’re trying to fix something that can’t be fixed.”
In the last legislative session, Rep. Holvey and I, along with several of our colleagues, sponsored HJM 38 -- a resolution urging Congress and the President to develop a timeline and exit stategy for the war in Iraq.
Let's keep the ideas flowing. I want to hear what you are doing to end the war, so that others can join you.
Here are the admittedly modest steps my wife Shelda and I are taking to end the war.
1. I introduced HJM 38 and will do so again if necessary...
2. We are working with vets Mavin Simmons and Bill Bires on a bill concerning exposure to depleted unranium by members of the Oregon National Guard.
4. We will be giving to Ned Lamont, who's running against Senator Joe Lieberman. I believe Democrats should hold Sen. Lieberman accountable for his support of this war and this administration.
5. We will be attending the March 19 rally at Waterfront Park at 1:30 p.m.