Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Wednesday December 2nd EARLY in the morning two committed teams met up and dropped large banners in two different locations around Atlanta. One resembled a giant 12x15ft postcard that read, "Dear Mr President, Please Don't Send More Troops. Find A Way Out. Love, Atlanta" It was dropped on the 17th street bridge and held for 40 minutes during peak morning rush hour.
A smaller banner was dropped on the Jackson street bridge over Freedom pkwy. It reads, "Afghanistan, No Military Solution" and was tied to the railing. It's reportedly still there as of 1:20pm.
Below is AFSC's press release:
New Plan for Afghanistan Means More of The Same
Obama’s Troop Surge is No Way to Bring Peace, Reconstruction, Relief at Home
(Atlanta) (December 2, 2009) – The American Friends Service Committee deeply regret President Obama’s decision to send 30,000 more troops to the war in Afghanistan announced tonight. Since the war’s beginning in 2001, AFSC has urged the U.S. government to support diplomacy and an Afghan-led civilian reconstruction effort, rather than warfare, to build peace and security in Afghanistan and the region.
Now, with a weak economy, the war’s financial cost alone – the Pentagon estimates that it costs $1 billion to send 1,000 soldiers – requires a reversal of the decision.
"These wars continue to rob our communities of much needed bodies and resources. It seems that President Obama is making the same poor decision the President Johnson made, caving into tough talking Generals, instead of doing the right thing"-Tim Franzen,AFSC
AFSC supports a strategy based on diplomacy, the rule of law, accountability and development that improves the lives of both the U.S. soldiers and Afghan civilians. Specifically we ask the Obama Administration:
· To send no additional troops to Afghanistan
· To follow a timeline for withdrawal of U.S./NATO forces
· To engage in talks with all parties to the conflict
· To offer generous development aid led by civilians, not the military
· To redirect the billions spent on war to human needs in Afghanistan and at home
American Friends Service Committee
Posted by Atlanta Economic Justice Program/AFSC at 1:15 PM