Conversational Salon
From: Patty Guerrero (pattypaxearthlink.net)
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 15:13:39 -0700 (PDT)
HI,

Tuesday, Sept. 3, we will have Open Conversation.   Since we have been 
observing the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, i would like us to 
read one of Dr. Martin Luther King's speeches and discuss our lives in lieu of 
the Dream and the Reality.   Bring one of his speeches if you want.

Here is the schedule for September:

Sept 10,  the DVD "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media  (a film 
about the corporate role in Modern Propaganda.  part 1

Sept 17,  Guest, Roger Meyer, will discuss with us, Curbside Composting

Sept. 24, Reading and  discussion of article in April , 2014,  Rolling Stone, 
by Bill Mckibben, Fossil Fuel Resistance.  

See below letter from 3 Congressmen to President Obama and House Leadership.   
Please call Congressperson, Betty McCollum and Senators, Al Franken and Amy 
Klobuchar to tell them your comments about this pending strike on Syria.  

Thanks,

Patty

Begin forwarded message:

> 
> Subject: Important letter from 3 members of Congress on Syria
> 
> Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Reps Nolan, Gibson, & Welch: Reconvene 
> Congress Immediately to Deal With Syrian Crisis
>  
> News from the Office of
> Minnesota’s Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan
>  
> Bipartisan call to President Obama and House Leadership
>  
> Reps Nolan, Gibson, & Welch: Reconvene Congress Immediately to Deal with 
> Syrian Crisis
>  
> For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
> Contact: Steve Johnson at 202-570-5440 or steve.johnson [at] mail.house.gov
>  
> DULUTH, MN – President Obama and House leaders should call lawmakers back to 
> Washington immediately to deal with the rapidly escalating possibility of 
> U.S. military action against the government of Syria, Congressman Rick Nolan 
> (D-MN) Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY), and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) 
> urged today in a letter to President Obama, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and 
> Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
>  
> Said Nolan, “Before engaging our military forces in what would clearly be an 
> act of war, the President is Constitutionally bound to seek authorization 
> from Congress. And we are bound to consider the potential consequences, and 
> advise and consent to any such action.”
>  
> Noting that the British Parliament is about to reconvene to debate the 
> situation in Syria, the letter pointed to the Constitutional responsibility 
> of both the President and Congress to consult with one another in matters 
> leading to U.S. military action, as well as to an amendment to the recently 
> passed 2014 Defense Appropriations Act stipulating that no funds be expended 
> to assist armed combatants in Syria in violation of the 1973 War Powers 
> Resolution. Congress passed that law in the closing days of the Vietnam War 
> in an effort to assure that no future President would involve the United 
> States in another military conflict without the consent of Congress.
>  
> Nolan, Rep. Gibson, an Iraq War veteran, and Rep. Welch point to issues 
> Congress must discuss and resolve before any military intervention in Syria. 
> “It is critical for us all to understand that once an attack in launched, 
> there will be permanent and unavoidable consequences that require us to 
> answer hard questions sooner or later,” the letter states.
> 
> 
> Among those issues:
>  
> ·         “Can we afford engagement in another costly armed conflict halfway 
> around the world? As we approach a potential domestic crisis over the debt 
> ceiling and our ability to fund our government and maintain essential 
> services to our people, what urgent needs here at home will go unfunded and 
> unattended in order to support military engagement in Syria? What resources 
> would an attack on Syria require, and over what period of time?”
>  
> ·         “Would a U.S. attack result in even greater use of chemical weapons 
> by the Syrian government?”
>  
> ·         “What collateral damage to innocent civilians would result from a 
> U.S. attack on Syrian government forces? And how could additional civilian 
> deaths and injuries, this time at America’s hand, be justified?”
>  
> ·         “Would Arab and Islamic fundamentalists use U.S. involvement as a 
> trigger to retaliate with acts of terror against our homeland?”
>  
> ·         “Would Russia and Iran feel compelled to come to Syria’s aid, 
> sparking a potential superpower confrontation by proxy?”
>  
> ·         “Recognizing that we have no friends on any side of the Syrian 
> conflict, would U.S involvement ultimately serve only to prolong the war and 
> exacerbate the killing?”
>  
> “In our view, Congress must address these critical questions immediately, 
> before any U.S. military engagement in Syria. Once again, we urge you to call 
> us back into session with the utmost haste,” the letter concluded.
>  
> -30-
>  
>  
> Full text of the letter as follows:
>  
> August 28, 2013
>  
> The Hon. Barack Obama
> President of the United States
>  
> The Hon. John Boehner
> Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
>  
> The Hon. Nancy Pelosi
> Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
>  
> Dear President Obama, Speaker Boehner, and Leader Pelosi:
>  
> With events moving rapidly toward U.S. military involvement in Syria, and the 
> British Parliament reconvening to debate and consider similar actions, we 
> respectfully urge you to immediately end the recess and reconvene the United 
> States Congress to meet our Constitutional obligation to address these 
> matters.
>  
> Such action would be entirely consistent with the Radel Amendment to the 2014 
> Defense Appropriations Act, passed on July 24 by voice vote, stating that no 
> funds shall be expended to assist armed combatants in Syria in violation of 
> the 1973 War Powers Resolution. As you know, the spirit and intent of that 
> law is to assure that no President will involve the United States in military 
> conflict without the consent of Congress.
>  
> Then as now, before engaging our military forces in what may well be an act 
> of war, the President is Constitutionally bound to seek authorization from 
> Congress. And we are bound to consider the potential consequences, and advise 
> and consent to any such action.
>  
> It is critical for us all to understand that once an attack is launched, 
> there will be permanent and unavoidable consequences that require us to 
> answer hard questions sooner rather than later.
>  
> ·         Can we afford engagement in another costly armed conflict halfway 
> around the world? As we approach a potential domestic crisis over the debt 
> ceiling and our ability to fund our government and maintain essential 
> services to our people, what urgent needs here at home will go unfunded and 
> unattended in order to support military engagement in Syria? What resources 
> would an attack on Syria require, and over what period of time?
>  
> ·         Would a U.S. attack result in even greater use of chemical weapons 
> by the Syrian government?
>  
> ·         What collateral damage to innocent civilians would result from a 
> U.S. attack on Syrian government forces? And how could additional civilian 
> deaths and injuries, this time at America’s hand, be justified?
>  
> ·         Would Arab and Islamic fundamentalists use U.S. involvement as a 
> trigger to retaliate with acts of terror against our homeland?
>  
> ·         Would Russia and Iran feel compelled to come to Syria’s aid, 
> sparking a potential superpower confrontation by proxy?
>  
> ·         Recognizing that we have no friends on any side of the Syrian 
> conflict, would U.S involvement ultimately serve only to prolong the war and 
> exacerbate the killing?
>  
> In our view, Congress must address these critical questions immediately, 
> before any U.S. military engagement in Syria. Once again, we urge you to call 
> us back into session with the utmost haste.
>  
> Sincerely,
>  
> Richard Nolan
> Member of Congress
>  
> Chris Gibson
> Member of Congress
>  
> Peter Welch
> Member of Congress
>  
>  
>  
> 2447 Rayburn House Office Building – Washington, D.C. – 20515
>  
> 
> 
> -- 
> Alan L. Maki
> Director of Organizing,
> Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council
>  
> 58891 County Road 13
> Warroad, Minnesota 56763
> 
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> Cell: 651-587-5541
> 
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> 
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