Letter to NJ Senators from Maplewood, S Orange
A public letter to New Jersey Senators Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg, urging them to co-sponsor the Feingold Resolution, has been signed by all 5 members of the Maplewood Township
Committee, all 7 members of the South Orange Board of Trustees, all 4 members of the Columbia HS Student Council executive board and 16 of 20 Senators of the Seton Hall University Student Government Association. A delegation will present the letter at the Senators' offices in Newark during the week of October 24, 2005.
The letter, which was initiated by South Mountain Peace Action, reads:Senator Jon Corzine
Senator Frank Lautenberg
Subject: Please Endorse Feingold Senate Resolution 171
Dear Senators Corzine and Lautenberg:
Maplewood and South Orange recently experienced the loss of a beloved former member of our community who was killed in Iraq.
This painful tragedy has been repeated nearly 1,900 times across the nation, and there is no end in sight.
The war in Iraq has cost New Jerseyans more than $9 billion, and the citizens of Maplewood and South Orange alone more than $62 million.
The Katrina disaster reminds us how much of our nation's National Guard is far away in Iraq, unable to respond to emergencies and protect local life and property.
We believe the time has come for the President to announce an exit strategy to put our country on a course toward ending this war.
Senator Russell Feingold of Wisconsin has proposed a Resolution (S. Res. 171) that would urge the President to submit a statement of the remaining mission of the United States in Iraq, estimates for the timeframe to achieve that mission, and a timeframe for the subsequent withdrawal from Iraq.
New Jersey and the nation need your leadership to help our country begin to bring our military involvement in Iraq to a conclusion.
Writing as private citizens, we urge you to join Senator Feingold as co-sponsors of his Resolution.
Five members of the Maplewood Township Committee
Seven members of the South Orange Board of Trustees
Four members of the Columbia HS Student Council Executive Board
Sixteen members of the Seton Hall Student Government Association