#IranDeal signature ad for Oregon voters

UPDATE September 1: The Oregonian ad will continue running in opinion section Sept. 1-4. ALSO, Corvallis peacenik Bobbi Hall has produced an interview with VFP 132 members Bart & Leah Bolger about the Iran nuclear deal. It will run on our community radio station in Portland, KBOO, this Friday, Sept. 4 at 9am PST. You can listen at 104.3FM around Corvallis, 90.7FM in Portland, 91.9FM in Hood River, or on the web at KBOO.FM.

UPDATE August 31: The print ad ran Sunday, August 30 on page 3 of section 1 of The Register Guard (Eugene/Springfield, OR). To see it, click here.
And the online ad in The Oregonian is running for several days here: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/
You can view a screen shot of it here.
Sen. Merkley just (8/30/15) announced his support for the #IranDeal. Please call his office (DC: 202-362-8102) to thank him. We’ve revised the wording in The Oregonian to reflect that. Here is Sen. Merkley’s statement on his decision.

Please support this #IranDeal signature adUS-IranFlags aimed at Oregon’s senators. Add your name or your organization’s name today. Send your information or questions to leahbolger[at]comcast.net.
Help fund this ad.
Donate by mail: Contact Leah and she will respond by email with the address.
Donate electronically: Use the Network for Good button on our web page and include a designation for the Iran Deal ad.

From VFP 132 chapter member, Leah Bolger:

If you are like me, and virtually everyone else in the world except the government of Israel, AIPAC and the politicians who receive a lot of money from AIPAC, then you are in strong support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) aka the “Iran Nuclear Deal.”
Alarmingly, neither of our two senators have come out in favor of it.  Senator Wyden says he is “leaning no,” and Senator Merkley says he wants to “think about it.”
I asked Senator Wyden’s office where he would be appearing during the summer recess so that we could express our opinions, and was told he wasn’t making any public appearances at all.  I asked if he was taking appointments with constituents and was told no again.
So, I have decided that a good way to let our two senators know how we feel is to take out a signature ad.  I am checking on rates with various newspapers.  Obviously the Oregonian would be seen by a lot more people [we will probably post in the OregonLive site] , but even if we put it in a local paper (like the Corvallis Gazette-Times) it will certainly come to the attention of the two senators.
The following is the draft of the verbiage I propose.  If you would like to add your name, or your organization’s name to the advertisement, please e-mail me with the name as you wish it to appear in the ad.  I will also need donations to make this affordable.  I suggest $5 per individual and $20 per organization, of course if you would like to send more, that would be great!  If you want to pay by check, make it payable to “Veterans For Peace” and it will be tax-deductible.  PLEASE forward this post to everyone you know in Oregon!  Here is the proposed ad:

Senators Wyden and Merkley—Support the Iran Nuclear Deal!

On July 14th 2015, President Obama signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) aka the “Iran Nuclear Deal” on behalf of the United States and its citizens. This agreement is being overwhelmingly supported around the world, by the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, the Arab League, the National Iranian American Council, and dozens of former ambassadors and analysts.

The Oregon voters whose names appear below most strongly urge Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to show their support for this historic agreement. To vote against it would be a vote for war, would undermine the Executive authority to negotiate treaties on behalf of the United States, and would destroy months of delicate and difficult negotiations.  It would also defy the overwhelming wishes and support of the international community.

Leah Bolger

About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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