Recently, Congressman Jared Polis joined 102 House Democrats in voting against President Barack Obama`s request for more war funding in Afghanistan.

Please thank him for his brave vote and, at the same time, ask him to do more.

To his credit, Polis is a co-sponsor of Congressman James McGovern`s H.R. 5015, which will require the secretary of defense to present an “exit strategy” for Afghanistan.

However, Polis hasn`t signed on as a co-sponsor to Congresswoman Barbara Lee`s H.R. 6045, the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act. This bill would limit funding for Afghanistan to the safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors. Please ask Rep. Polis to become a co-sponsor.

Also ask him to join the Out of Afghanistan Caucus, established in the U.S. House of Representatives last May. The caucus seeks to “to quickly and responsibly end military operations in Afghanistan, while bolstering the United States` diplomatic efforts.” The caucus has 24 members and is chaired by Rep. John Conyers.

Political and popular support for Obama`s war in Afghanistan is declining, with 62 percent of Americans opposing it in an Aug. 17 CNN poll. In the same poll, 69 percent opposed the Iraq war.

In the fall, Congress will take up President Barack Obama`s request for an additional $158 billion for war as part of the FY 2011 military budget. We need to pressure our House members and senators to limit the use of all funding to withdrawing our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and to reduce the overall size of the military budget.

It`s up to “we the people” to stop U.S. occupations and wars. Between Aug. 19 and Sept. 4, Polis will have several meetings and coffees (see, opportunities to remind him we need jobs, education, housing, health care, and other essential investments here at home — not endless war.

You can also call him at 303-484-9596, e-mail him through, or stop by his office at 4770 Baseline Road, #220, in Boulder. For more info, go to

Join the local efforts of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center by calling 303-444-698,1 ext.2.

Carolyn Bninski is an associate of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.