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Mission accomplished! — "Responsible Plan" dropped off at Van Hollen’s office

Posted by Thomas Nephew on May 1st, 2008

As advertised, I joined my friends Michelle Bailey, Hank Prensky, and Joy Austin-Lane in a short visit to Congressman Chris Van Hollen’s (D-MD-8) local Hyattsville office (just outside Takoma Park), to bring the Congressman a copy of “A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq.”

Michelle is a fellow impeachment activist — or I should say I am, she and Lisa Moscatiello were the ones who started Takoma Park impeachment activism, I joined in late. I was also very gratified that former Takoma Park City Council members Hank Prensky and Joy Austin-Lane joined us.

We met at a local cafe first and went over what we were going to say. I had brought along talking points supplied by which helped us gather our own thoughts.

I introduced the plan as a comprehensive legislative agenda calling for a complete exit from Iraq, with no permanent bases, that I hoped Rep. Van Hollen would be able to support. I noted that Rep. Van Hollen is indeed a co-sponsor of many of the legislative initiatives the plan highlights — for instance, a key bill calling for a diplomatic offensive with Iraq’s neighbors — which we thanked him for.

I also noted that the plan calls for an end to off-budget appropriations for the Iraq war; Mr. Prensky added that he hoped Van Hollen would vote against the looming Iraq supplemental appropriations bill. Ms. Austin-Lane recalled the opposition to the Iraq war in Takoma Park, and the City Council resolution she and Mr. Prensky voted for opposing it.

As an impeachment activist, Michelle added that she hoped Van Hollen would reconsider his opposition to impeachment; I joined her in that, but emphasized that wasn’t a feature of the plan we’d come to discuss.

I added that I hoped Van Hollen would consider making the “Responsible Plan” part of the DCCC’s 2008 agenda, and that I thought he should make sure to support the candidates who’ve endorsed it.

It was a pleasure meeting Mr. West, who staffs Chris Van Hollen’s Hyattsville office. He listened carefully, took notes, and told us he’d have the copy of the “Responsible Plan” in Rep. Van Hollen’s hands this afternoon.

2 Responses to “Mission accomplished! — "Responsible Plan" dropped off at Van Hollen’s office”

  1. Nell Says:

    Hope you don’t mind my reposting something I left in comments at Obsidian Wings, but on a thread that will soon scroll off the front page:
    At Daily Kos, a Burmese man in the U.S. diaries a channel of aid that may offer a way of circumventing the obstacles the Myanmar government is putting in the way of foreign governments and NGOs.
    Checks can be made payable to:
    The Myanmar American Medical Education Society, Inc.
    MEMO: Emergency Relief Fund
    and mailed to:
    Myanmar American Medical Education Society
    128 Mott Street, Suite 302
    New York, NY 10013
    The group is an

    …organization of [Burmese] medical doctors doing well in the States. Well enough that they would not need to abuse the funds. All the members have close family members and strong ties in Burma. Most of them still [go] there often and [call] home weekly. Also NONE of the members are paid anything as far as salary…
    If you donate, what will happen with your money is,
    a. it’ll be taken back to Burma by a member or members of the society.
    b. it’ll be converted to local currency at current market rate of ~ 1100 Kyats per USD (not at government’s ~ 7 Kyats per USD).
    c. supplies (food, medical, clothing) will be bought by the local people knowledgeable enough about the price/market/condition. Not at inflated prices on inappropriate items.

  2. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Of course I don’t mind! — thanks very, very much for the information. I’ll update the post as well — then you can rely on it not scrolling off the front page for a while. 🙂

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