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November 2005 Postcard

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DEAR SENATOR:
It is clear that the United States has mismanaged Iraq, ruining the lives of countless innocent Iraqis and wasting hundreds of billions of dollars that could be spent to improve lives instead of destroying them.

Israel, a developed country the size of New Jersey, receives more than $3 billion of U.S. tax-dollars each year. Now Israel is asking American taxpayers for $2.2 billion more as compensation for leaving the Gaza Strip, which it has illegally occupied for 38 years.

Imagine what this money could do for the victims of Hurricane Katrina! I urge you to stop spending my tax dollars to destroy cities and to create more refugees in Iraq and Palestine. Spend it where it is needed most: to rebuild New Orleans, to return Gulf coast refugees to their homes and to ensure that Americans in real need are never neglected again. 


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New Orleans residents wait to be rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina Sept. 1, 2005, three days after it struck Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. (AFP Photo/Pool/David J. Phillip).
   

Hurricane Katrina was the greatest natural disaster ever to befall the United States. In addition to the death and destruction it caused, the hurricane exposed the convoluted priorities of the U.S. government. A vast majority of our country’s resources are being spent on war instead of peace, weapons instead of health care, education and live-saving levees.

Not only is the war on Iraq illegal, unjust, and based on lies, but it is draining much-needed resources from American schools, hospitals, housing and infrastructure.

While Bangladesh, one of the world poorest countries, has donated $1 million to the Katrina effort, Israel is asking the U.S. for an additional $2.2 billion at this critical time for Americans.

It’s time to get our priorities straight.

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