I would like to thank you for your support, and thank the tens of thousands of concerned Citizens for Kucinich who in the past few months have written, emailed and called to discuss my running for Congress in Washington State.
At the end of this term I will have served sixteen years in the House of Representatives, leading the way for peace, to bring an end to the wars, for workers' rights, for health care for all, for monetary policy reform and to end the corrupting influence which money has on our political decision-making process. My staff and I have worked to deliver a level of constituent service to the people of Cleveland, which most agree is unmatched for results. As testimony to our efforts in the Cleveland area I received about 75% of the vote from my present constituents who were included in the newly redistricted area in which I ran in March.
Because of my love of public service, I have given a great deal of time and much thought to the advice and encouragement I have received from so many people of good will in Washington State. I certainly want to continue to be of service to our country and to the working men and women who have built it.
After careful consideration and discussions with Elizabeth and my closest friends, I have decided that, at this time, I can best serve from outside the Congress. My commitments to peace, to workers' rights and to social and economic justice are constant and are not dependent upon holding an office. They are dependent upon my continuing to stand up, to speak out, to organize, to motivate and to inspire our nation as to its deeper potential. This I promise I will do with great energy and heart.
I will complete my service in the U.S. House on January 2, 2013, with the same passion and devotion to duty with which I began it on January 3, 1997. And when I do, I shall think of you and all those who have given me encouragement to continue to be of service, and I will smile, knowing that we shall meet again in our celebration of the potential of citizen activists to change the world.
Please continue to encourage your friends and family to sign up at www.Kucinich.us because we will need to continue to work together for change outside Congress, as we have worked for it from within. This is just the beginning!
Good to hear he's getting out, I bet he can have a bigger impact from outside!
Perhaps we can get him to become more active in the vegan community and among his fellow AR advocates...
In any case, I'm hopeful for the impact he might have from outside as well.
That would be great!
Here is his latest:
As we begin a transition for our movement to work from outside Congress, it is worth remembering that the cause of peace does not depend upon any of us having a certificate of election.
Indeed, in the past week, the House approved the "National Defense Authorization Act" which authorizes a continuation of War in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen and preparation for war against Iran. Additionally, arms reductions agreements with Russia were set back. Maybe Washington is ready to spend endless blood and treasure on endless war, but I do not believe Main Street is.
We need to instill in our fellow citizens the capacity to challenge our government to stop wasting lives and money on the foolish policy of permanent war for permanent peace.
We must use our nation's resources to build our lives at home.
The idea of a Department of Peace is to demonstrate that Americans have the ability and the desire to develop a capacity for peace-building at home and abroad.
Sunday's Washington Post article misses the point. Peace-building isn't about just one of us -- one leader or member of Congress. It's about every one of us. What do you think? Let's plan on continuing to work together to build new structures of peace. Please send me your comments and share this email on Facebook and Twitter to help us continue to grow this movement for peace.