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Special delivery

By rgordon
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 at 2:37 pm in Uncategorized. will be making special deliveries Thursday to local representatives in Congress, bringing piles of letters asking them to support troop withdrawal from Iraq.

In San Mateo County, they’ll make an 11 a.m. delivery to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Atherton, at her district office at 698 Emerson St. in Palo Alto. Following will be a stop at 12 p.m. for Congressman Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, at his district office at 400 S. El Camino Real, Suite 410, in San Mateo.

The “Congress is the Decider letter delivery” project will send members and supporters to 248 different Congressional field offices nationwide to deliver some 25,000 letters.

The letters will also thank those who voted last Friday against President George W. Bush’s plan for troop escalation. Both Eshoo and Lantos voted for a nonbinding resolution expressing disapproval of a buildup of more than 20,000 troops, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives 246 to 182. It failed in the U.S. Senate Saturday by just four votes, but senators supporting the resolution vowed they would be back with a vengeance to sway the vote in their favor.

Around the Bay Area, letter deliveries are also planned at the congressional district offices for U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma; U.S. Rep. and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco; U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Solano; U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont; and U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose. said the letter writing began last week during 1,200 screenings nationwide of “The Ground Truth,” a film in which soldiers back from Iraq recount their experiences.

According to, a non-profit that tries to engage voters in their democracy, local residents and speakers will be at each of the delivery events to show why Bay Area voters oppose the President’s plan.

“These events will show Congress that voters are watching,” a statement said. “They want the war to end.”

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