[Imc-worcester] Darfur Divestment Resolution
richard_schmitt at charter.net
Tue Oct 9 13:48:29 PDT 2007
News from Worcester Peace Works
You may have heard that four Worcester City Counselors will offer a
resolution for Sudan divestment to the Worcester City Council on Tuesday
10/9. This breaks a long tradition in the Worcester City Council against
considering any international issues even those that, like the Iraq war,
have tremendous impact on Worcester.
We are collecting signatures on the letter below addressed to the sponsors
of the Darfur divestment resolution. We plan to send that letter with as
many signatures as possible to the sponsors on the City Council.
Worcester Peace Works also has asked the City Clerk to put a resolution on
City Council meeting. The resolution will ask the Worcester City Council to
resolution passed by the Massachusetts State Senate in March of 2007 asking
the US govt
to end the Iraq speedily.
Here is a story you might be interested in pursuing.
For Worcester Peace Works,
Dear Councilors Perotto, Rushton, Smith and Palmieri,
We are greatly pleased to know that each of you have reconsidered your
earlier opposition to the Worcester City Council addressing national and
This coming week, Worcester Peace Works will re-file a City Council
resolution asking the Worcester City Council to go on record opposed to the
Iraq war and its concrete effects on us here in Worcester. We would like to
work with each of you to help secure the support of your colleagues for
this subsequent resolution which we are sure you will agree is the moral
equivalent to your Darfur resolution.
The war in the Sudan has caused the deaths of tens of thousands of children
and families, and sadly the war in Iraq has equally killed tens of
thousands of Iraqi children and families. It is our hope that now the City
Council will also consider the incredible damage and loss of life caused by
the Iraq war and its deepening effects here in Worcester. We need to not
only speak-out against each of these wars and humanitarian crisis, we need
to step-up and take action as you recommend.
Worcester taxpayers have now contributed more than $247 million to the cost
of the war in Iraq while our city and schools suffer the burden. As you
know, in the past the Worcester City Council has refused to consider issues
regarding the world at large. On at least two occasions the Council has
refused to discuss and vote on resolutions critical of the Iraq war and the
major reductions in federal funding caused by Iraq war spending, which have
decimated the Worcester School Department budget and threatened our City’s
We applaud you for reversing your earlier positions and instead following
your moral conviction in taking this stand. This is excellent news.
Worcester does not live in a bottle which is unaffected and without any
responsibility for our investments. This is a bold step forward.
65 Tory Fort Lane
Worcester, MA 01602
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