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Iowans push Congress on Syria, drones

Syria vigil in Des Moines 9-4-13
Sherry Hutchison is one of 115 people who signed a petition against U.S. military action in Syria. At 94 years young, Sherry is an active member of Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting. More photos from the vigil here. Photo: Jon Krieg / AFSC


Representatives are acknowledged for opposing war in Syria and asked to oppose drone warfare

DES MOINES – (Catholic Peace Ministry news services, 9-26-13) Letters were delivered this week to local congressional offices by Catholic Peace Ministry, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Iowa Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action. The message to Representative Tom Latham and Senators Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley is that citizens uphold their opposition to war in Syria and call for the same scrutiny of drone warfare.

“The same arguments Iowa representatives gave for refraining from bombing Syria apply to drones; we acknowledge the administration has decreased drone bombings in Pakistan and Yemen; the technology itself, however, continues to ‘terrorize’ (the word used by Stanford University in their study

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