Deer Isle, ME first in nation to vote "Bring Our War $ Home"

Last week, the citizens of Deer Isle, a town of about 1900 residents off the coast of Maine, voted at their annual town hall meeting in favor of a resolution that "commands Maine's member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the second Maine Congressional District to oppose all legislation brought before the U.S. House of Representatives that provides further funding of the U.S. warfare and U.S. military occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan." The resolution passed with a 67% "yes" vote.

The resolution was the first success for the fledgling organization Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home. The organization notes that "Maine's share of that war spending is more than $2.5 billion," and invites Maine residents to "imagine how that war money could have been spent here in Maine on education, health care, social programs, repairing our decaying roads and bridges, and building a world-class public transit system." Read more...

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