Posted by CODEPINK Staff
This week, the White House launched their "We the People" petition site. Don't confuse this with the National Endowment For the Humanities site.
On the positive side, the White House guarantees an official response to any petition that reaches 5,000 signatures within 30 days. The site launched yesterday and I immediately put up a petition for the U.S. to immediately withdraw all troops and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq. The petition doesn't have a lot of signatures yet. One reason is that it does not show up when you "view all petitions" or when you "search petitions by topic." No explanation given why the anti-war petition doesn't show up, but perhaps we can build momentum without their promotional help. Will you sign the petition today?
As if it wasn't bad enough that they're censoring the use of their petition site, in order to participate in this new process you must register for an account on whitehouse.gov And, some people have been unable to connect to the government server housing this petition site. They want petition creators to share a shortened URL (the anti-war petition is http://wh.gov/g07 ) but it can be an extremely slow process to get there.
Perhaps by next week, they'll have the technical glitches worked out. In the meantime, join us in demanding an immediate end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Below is the full text of the petition:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: immediately end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and bring all troops and contractors home.
The Afghanistan War is already the longest in U.S. history and neither Americans nor Afghans are safer today than we were ten years ago. Our military presence has propped up a corrupt government full of war lords and drug lords.
In Iraq, our military continues to inflame ethnic tension and Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
CODEPINK: Women for Peace and people throughout the United States demand an immediate end to the wars. All troops and contractors must return to the United States and funds should be re-directed to life-affirming activities. Make Jobs, Not War - it's as simple as that.
Please take the time to sign our petition and review the other available petitions.
And if you haven't done so already, send Obama an email telling him you agree the government should make jobs, but it should also end the wars.