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Old 07-15-2008, 07:44 PM
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Some Nice News

Congratulations volunteers in Maryland's Congressional District 1! The Department of Peace and Nonviolence legislation has its first (and certainly not its last) Republican cosponsor.

Congressman Wayne Gilchrest has signed on as a cosponsor of HR 808. Congressman Gilchrest, a 9th term Republican serving Maryland's 1st District, brings our total number of cosponsors, including the bill's author, to 70 (former cosponsor Al Wynn of Maryland resigned in June). You can read the full list of cosponsors here.

Please thank Congressman Gilchrest today. His contact information is below.

Congressman Gilchrest has been well known as a moderate Republican for many years, often rising above politics and partisanship to support that which he believes best serves the nation and his constituents.

He's also a decorated Vietnam veteran. From his web site:

"After graduating high school in 1964, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. His tour of duty saw action during the invasion of the Dominican Republic, and ultimately the Vietnam War. He earned the rank of Sergeant in Vietnam, where as a platoon leader, he was wounded in the chest.

"Wayne was decorated with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Navy Commendation Medal. Today he is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Military Order of the Purple Heart."

There's one small cloud to this silver lining that you should be aware of: Congressman Gilchrest lost his recent Republican primary bid to a candidate who spoke to the concerns of the more conservative Republicans in his district.

This in no way diminishes the significance of this important news! It is a reminder, however, that we must continue to work diligently to expand bipartisan support of the legislation and the campaign. As we know and as Congressman Gilchrest clearly understands, peace is not a partisan issue.

Take Action:
Please take a moment to celebrate [ ] and then thank Congressman Gilchrest for his courage, vision and commitment to creating a strategic, sophisticated approach to reducing and preventing violence.

You can reach Congressman Gilchrest's at:

DC office
2245 Rayburn House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-2001
Phone: (202) 225-5311
Fax: (202) 225-0254

Chestertown District Office:
315 High Street, #105
Chestertown, Maryland 21620
Phone: (410) 778-9407
Fax: (410) 778-9560

If you live in his district, you can also send him an email using our Advocacy Form.

Reporting Phone Calls:
Once you have made your call, please report your action. It's important that we track participation in these types of actions, so be sure let us know you called Congressman Gilchrest.

Congratulations again to Maryland volunteers and all of the Department of Peace supporters. Each of us shares in these successes, and each of us helps keep this movement going. Together, we're giving peace a voice-and it's growing more powerful every day.

In peace and gratitude,

All of us at The Peace Alliance
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