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Posted by Jeff from ( on Friday, May 09, 2003 at 0:48AM :

Dear Jeffrey,

In the months leading up to the Iraq war, hundreds of thousands of people like you registered with TrueMajority to send free faxes to Congress calling for international sanity and steadfast support of the United Nations.

We didn't stop the war, but we DID become part of a network of millions of people that are building a new superpower -- the power of organized, ACTIVATED public opinion for a more just, compassionate and sustainable world.

I believe that people like us share values extending far beyond simply opposing the invasion of Iraq. We are people who believe that peace will come only from justice, both at home and abroad. This war was an outgrowth of spiritually vacant, "us versus them" thinking -- a world view that does not grasp how American well-being is inextricably tied to the well-being of all who share our planet; that maintaining the "American way of live" at the expense of other people's way of life is dangerous folly.

We must now turn our attention to this "us versus them" thinking in all its insidious forms. We must address ongoing outrages and the erosion of real American -- that is, HUMAN -- values. Now is not the time to despair but to move forward.

This is why TrueMajority continues to track important issues in Washington -- not just the Iraq war, but all issues linked to justice, compassion and sustainability.

Here are the 10 TrueMajority principles:

1. Attack poverty and world hunger as if our life depends on it. It does.
2. Champion the rights of every child, woman and man.
3. End our obstructionism to world treaties.
4. Reduce our dependence on oil and lead the world to an age of renewable energy.
5. Close the book on the Cold War and end the nuclear nightmare.
6. Renounce "Star Wars" and the militarization of space.
7. Make globalization function for, not against, working people.
8. Ensure equal treatment under the law for all.
9. Get big money out of politics.
10. Close the gap between rich and poor kids.

If you're like most of our members, you're probably thinking, "Well, I agree with most of that, but I just don't have time to stay informed on all those issues." That's where TrueMajority comes in.

When your voice counts, we will send you a short email alert with our position. If you agree with it, just click "Reply" and we will automatically send a free fax from you to your member of Congress, the President or another leader.

So when the next email alert from TrueMajority rolls into your inbox, know that HUNDREDS OF THOUSNADS OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU across America are reading the short message and clicking "Reply" so we can send a free fax to their representatives in Washington.

You are not alone, and that's why your easy, "one-click" activism with us will make a difference in the long run. We will make your voice be heard. We've shown the power of integrated organizing with a tremendous outpouring of opposition to the war. What used to take years to organize now takes days, or even minutes. That's why we are going to win. Now that we've come together, we're going to STAY together.
In faith,
Ben Cohen
Co-Founder, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream*

P. S. Spread the word: Please tell your friends to sign up for the TrueMajority at

-- Jeff
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