ACTIVATE, an antiwar group in Grand Rapids, has launched an email action targeting Michigan’s 3rd United States Congressional Representative Vern Ehlers. The group is targeting Representative Ehlers because of his ongoing support for the Iraq War since 2002. The letter specifically asks Ehlers to support an immediate withdrawal of United States troops and to consider the possibility of cutting funding for the war in Iraq as a means of bringing about an end to the war. The letter cites Ehlers comments two weeks ago in announcing his opposition to a House Resolution opposing the escalation of the Iraq War. In those comments, Representative Ehlers dismissed the non-binding resolution as offering no room for debate, but rejected the possibility of withdrawing troops or cutting the funding for the occupation. The letter argues that if Ehlers is serious in his desire to “seek to end this conflict and stop the casualties” that he will support an immediate end to the occupation.
ACTIVATE is not the only group to target Representative Ehlers recently. On Thursday, a small group of people organized through the internet-based MoveOn website to meet with Representative Ehlers’ staffers. Representatives with the group delivered letters to Ehlers calling for Congress to end the Iraq War.