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Local grassroots groups join in antiwar coalition

By rgordon
Friday, July 6th, 2007 at 1:00 pm in Uncategorized.

Local Democratic committees, clubs and organizations have joined a Bay Area-wide effort to provide a stronger voice in pressuring federal representatives to end the war in Iraq.

The San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee and San Mateo County Democracy for America are both members of the Resolution Peace Network, a coalition that aims to ensure withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Two dozen Bay Area Democratic committees and clubs have signed on to the network.

“The idea is trying to reach critical mass to collectively go to our legislators,” said Ashleigh Evans, chair of Democracy for America’s Out of Iraq Task Force and a member of the network’s steering committee. “We’re just trying to keep them on track.”

A San Mateo resident, Evans said Iraq withdrawal has been the network’s top goal for two years running. In November’s election, she said, voters demonstrated that they wanted Congress to change the direction of the war; the network aims to make sure that Congress follows through.

“This war just touches us so deeply and affects our country in so many ways. We’re just very frustrated,” Evans said. “We’re just the little people trying to help our country get on track.”

The network, which was started by the Peace Committee of the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club of Oakland/Berkeley and the Tri-Valley Democratic Club of Dublin, meets once a month. The network’s other two goals this year are to prevent an attack on Iran without Congressional approval and to “take good care of the troops, veterans and their families.”

The network meets throughout the Bay Area but its next meeting on July 21 will be in Millbrae. It will be held at Peter’s Cafe, 10 El Camino Real (at Millbrae Avenue), from 4 to 6 p.m.

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