December 16, 2017
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Bangor Peace Vigil Calls for No War on Syria

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Jan Silbury, Shannon Brenner and Eric Collins join Bangor vigil calling for no war on Syria on Tuesday, September 10th in front of the Bangor Public Library. Photo by Rick Tardiff

On the eve of September 11th Bangor area peace activists, who have been holding a peace vigil every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. for the past eleven years, held a vigil to call for no war on Syria. Organizers from the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, said that eleven years ago they were in the minority saying no war in Iraq, this time they are part of a large majority of the American people who oppose military action in Syria. Signs called for international negotiation of a cease fire; big powers stopping arms shipments to Assad or the rebels; increasing humanitarian aid the millions of refugees who have overwhelmed neighboring countries; concerns about military action leading to a widening of violence in the mideast and long term US involvement and the billions of dollars that could be spent that are needed here in the U. S. “We are glad to see Rep. Michaud come out with a statement today saying he would not vote for unilateral military action,”said Ilze Petersons. “If politicians had listened to the millions who opposed the war in Iraq, how many lives and how much treasure would we have saved?”