Massachusetts voters send a strong message to Congress and the President:
"Bring our troops home from Iraq now"
Massachusetts voters have spoken: "Bring the Troops Home Now". Preliminary tallies indicate that over 60% of the voters in 36 state representative districts voted Tuesday in favor of a resolution calling on Congress and the President to end the Iraq war immediately and bring all U.S. military forces home from Iraq.
"I'm so pleased," said Arlington's Bob Heckard, whose son was deployed for a year in Iraq, "that the people of Massachusetts chose to send a message to our government about the useless killings we have been engaged in and the deaths for our kids"
The resolution appeared on the ballot in 36 state representative districts across the whole state, from Cape Cod and Cape Ann to the Berkshires. These state rep. districts encompass part or all of 139 Massachusetts towns and cities. In an outcome that surprised even those who organized the campaign, it was approved by voters in all 36 districts and in 130 out of 139 towns: Bridgewater, Gardner, Hingham, Chicopee, Amherst, Gloucester, South Boston, Ashburnham, Natick, North Adams, Amesbury, Reading, Lexington, Needham, Raynham, Chelsea and on and on.
Karen Leger is a longtime resident of Hubbardston who coordinated much of the petition-gathering to put the question on the ballot in the 1st and 2nd Worcester state representative districts. This preschool teacher and mother of three explains her efforts this way: "Too many soldiers have died or have come home with broken bodies and spirits. Over half a million Iraqis have been killed. The horrors of this illegal and immoral bloodbath in Iraq will linger for generations. We must support the troops in the best way possible - to bring them home now. It is time to end this war based on lies.
This statewide "Home from Iraq Now" ballot initiative is sponsored by Military Families Speak Out, The American Friends Service Committee, United for Justice with Peace, Massachusetts Peace Action and the Boston chapter of Veterans for Peace who form The Statewide Campaign to Bring Our Troops Home Now
Paul Shannon, a statewide coordinator of the campaign, claimed that the landslide results of this vote in Massachusetts was part of both the repudiation of the war and the expression of support for our troops that was made clear by election results in House and Senate races around the country: "I'm just absolutely thrilled that so many people are starting to see through the lies about this war. There is a real groundswell that is insisting that the government fundamentally change its policies.
Mark Lipman, a volunteer with the American Friends Service Committee commented, "Here is clear message from Massachusetts voters that they are tired of the politics of war, that they are horrified by what the war has done to Iraqis, and that they want their sons and daughters to come home now before any more of them are killed.
Ballot Question: Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon the President and Congress of the United StatesIraq immediately and bring all United States military forces home from Iraq to end the war in ?