International Peace Day is Sept. 21. Join Maui Peace Action in a sign-holding demonstration to express our support for a negotiated resolution over the issue of Syrian chemical weapons.
Maui Peace Action thanks Sen. Brian Schatz and Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa for declaring that they would not vote for U.S. attacks on Syria.
Events over the past weeks have shown the depth of the anti-war sentiment among the American people and many members of Congress. Perhaps this is partly a result of the ongoing peace movement since the start of the war in Afghanistan. Even the pope held an anti-war rally at the Vatican last week with more than 100,000 people.
President Barack Obama's decision to delay an attack on Syria until Congress votes may be even more significant. It could indicate a revival of the war power clause of the Constitution, set aside by presidents who have preferred to exercise executive privilege to conduct undeclared wars. Returning the power to declare war to Congress could be a step toward a more rational world order.
International Peace Day seems to be a good occasion to get out and express our support for a more peaceful approach to problems in Syria. Meet at 4 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, or at 5:30 p.m. on Wahine Pio Avenue at the entrance to the University of Hawaii Maui College. All people and all peace signs welcome.
More information, see www.mauipeace.org.