At its December 8th monthly board meeting, Broome County Peace Action passed the following motion unanimously:Broome County Peace Action, a 134-member local chapter of national Peace Action, supports troops who, acting on their conscience, refuse to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan because they consider those wars and occupations to be illegal and immoral. Similarly, we support the deployed troops who for the same reason have applied for early discharge. We call on those who operate aircraft of any kind that kill Iraqis, Afghanis, or Pakistanis to desist. We admire the courage of all servicemen and women who actively resist these unjust wars. By rejecting their "mission" and disobeying orders at great personal risk, they are upholding the Constitution that empowers Congress alone to declare war, but does not empower the President to wage “preventive” wars that flout international law.After that, the board voted to forward the motion to Peace Action of New York State with the request that it be distributed to all the chapters in New York. It is our hope that upon receiving this statement, each chapter will consider adopting it as its own with the appropriate rewording. And, that they will publicize the reworded document in their community, as well as think of other ways in which their chapter might be supportive of our resisting troops.
Ann Clune, President pro tem