Plowshare Peace Center will participate in the annual Witness Against Torture from January 6 to 12. This will be our fourth year of doing so. We ask people to take at least one day during that period, though you are welcome to take on more. If you would like to join the fast, please contact Joan Wages at 745-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Witness Against Torture is at www.witnesstorture.org.
Our good friend, Edna Whittier, has sent a sample letter if you wish to contact local politicians about the UN International Arms Treaty. She also recommends that you contact President Obama and provides a contact address. Again, you can reach your local politician through “http://www.contactingthecongress.org/“.
The following is a sample of the email I sent to President Obama and Senator Warner.
I googled “president obama’s phone number email address” and got “http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call”
I filled out the form and wrote the following. I also did the same google for Senator Warner and will for Senator Kaine. And, for what it is worth, I will do the same for my representative Morgan Griffith.
Please feel free to use any or all of this sample to copy and paste to your representatives, the president, etc.
This is in support of the UN International Arms Trade Treaty and reducing the number of rounds in a firearms magazine clip, restoring the Assault Weapons Ban, enforcing background checks for firearms and eliminating the gun show loopholes.
This is a healthcare issue, a homeland security issue and a foreign policy issue.
Please help reduce the number of deaths by American-born terrorists using assault weapons by banning such weapons.
Please reduce the number of bullets in a clip. Remember that there would have been more killed at the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords except that the shooter had to reload and a woman grabbed his arm so that he couldn’t reload.
Please help save women and children in Africa by supporting and signing the UN International Arms Trade Treaty.
Dear friends, Some Plowshare supporters are continuing to talk informally about efforts we might make to reduce gun violence. In the meantime, here is something you can do. The United Nations is working on an international treaty to regulate the global arms trade. The National Rifle Association -and until recently President Obama -oppose this. Please contact your Senators and Representatives urging them to support a treaty. A contact form can be found at “http://www.contactingthecongress.org/“. It should be clear to us all after these many years that politicians will do nothing about gun violence unless citizens pressure them. Only you can do something about this. Below is more information from the show “Democracy Now!”,
ARM TREATY INFORMATION As the debate over gun control intensifies in the United States, work continues on an international treaty to regulate the global arms trade. On Monday, the United Nations General Assembly voted to reopen negotiations on the treaty. The United States dropped its opposition after stonewalling talks in July, a move that prompted critics to accuse President Obama of caving to congressional Republicans and the National Rifle Association in an election year. “I have not seen anywhere else in the world a gun lobby that has the same level of influence
on its own government as the NRA does in the United States,” says Andrew Feinstein, author of “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” and a former African National Congress member of Parliament in South Africa. “The U.S.
buys and sells almost as much weaponry as the rest of the world combined. So what happens in the U.S. is going to have enormous impact on the rest of the world.” The Amy Goodman Show 12-26-12 You can find the show on this web site