Skip to comments.Great FREEPING opportunity in Central Ohio!
Posted on 02/19/2003 8:15:51 AM PST by TonyRo76
On February 24th, the Columbus City Council may consider Councilwoman Charleta Tavares' resolution opposing the imminent war with Iraq. Republicans are encouraged to attend the meeting to demonstrate our support for President Bush, the war on terrorism, and our troops.
Columbus City Council meets each Monday beginning at 5pm at City Hall, 90 W. Broad Street.
Tavares' resolution is part of a larger nationwide campaign to have municipalities and state legislatures pass proclamations in opposition to the pending war with Iraq. The effort is being coordinated by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a leftist organization based in Washington, D.C. IPS does not represent mainstream America. The IPS Board of Directors includes such left-wing luminaries as Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor for the far-left rag The Nation, and Harry Belafonte who in a radio interview last year appallingly likened Secretary of State Colin Powell to a house slave.
I just got this e-mail announcement from a good friend of mine, Linda Reidelbach. Republicans and Conservatives in the Columbus area are encouraged to come downtown next Monday to show our support for America and President Bush.
Then I got to thinking, hey, what a great occasion to do some FREEPING in person! :)
Hehe...yeah, she's a real bona fide leftist nutjob, of almost Barbara Lee proportions!
Several of us Buckeyes were discussing the Rally for America (being organized by talk show host Glenn Beck) on this this thread. Could you send a ping to the thread to your Ohio ping list? Nothing beats a group of FReepers for organizing!
Although I've been a joyful user of this site for years now, I don't know how to maintain easy communication with other Freepers through the ordinary interface. It would be useful to communicate with people ahead of time on the Tavares protests. I assume pings lists are one good way to do this, and I would imagine there are alternatives, too. If anyone can offer a few insights and specific pointers, I'd be grateful.
Should the United States go to war with Iraq? If it were up to the Columbus City Council, the answer would be no.
At least that's the message in a resolution being kicked around City Hall. The council could vote on it at its next meeting, on Feb. 24.
The resolution says a war would:
Be too costly, especially during tough economic times for the city and state.
Take away federal tax dollars that should be spent on education and health care.
Deplete Columbus' population by sending young people to war or to a prolonged occupation. If approved, the resolution would be sent to President Bush and Ohio's delegation of lawmakers.
Councilwoman Charleta B. Tavares plans to introduce it and thinks federal politicians will pay attention.
"If I didn't think it was going to make any difference, I wouldn't undertake it,'' she said. "Individual members of council or the state legislature can send letters themselves to congressmen and women, but it doesn't have the same impact as when a city sends a resolution. There is strength in numbers.''
Tavares planned to bring the declaration to the council last week, but her colleagues asked to make additions. Councilwoman Maryellen O'Shaughnessy wanted to add that 150 city employees -- many police officers and firefighters -- in the military reserves could be called up, leaving the city without essential workers.
Other council members say they don't think it's the job of the council to tell the president what to do, but they'll support the resolution if it's brought before them.
Deborah Baker, a resident of the Far East Side, said the council should reflect public opinion against war.
"Members of Congress are not listening to their constituents. I don't know who they're listening to, but it's not the people,'' she said. "Maybe they'll listen to local governments.''
A New York Times/CBS News Poll last week showed two thirds of Americans support war as an option, but 59 percent believe Bush should give inspections more time to work.
Almost 90 cities and the state legislatures of Hawaii and Maine have adopted proclamations against war. The movement was prompted by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies, a social-change think tank, that provides an outline on how to write the resolution.
"This is part of the overall anti-war sentiment in this country,'' said Karen Dolan of the Cities for Peace campaign. "It's become part of the conversations for over 15 million Americans. These are average everyday citizens who are so frustrated that they're not being heard at the federal level.''
Six Ohio cities -- Akron, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Garfield Heights, Oberlin and Shaker Heights -- have adopted similar resolutions and sent copies to federal lawmakers.
Amanda Flaig, a spokes-woman for U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, said the senator has received the resolutions but still supports Bush.
"Sen. DeWine has information coming in from many sides -- the administration and the intelligence committee -- on the possible war in Iraq and he had to balance that information,'' she said.
The resolutions probably will do little to stop a war, said Paul Beck, chairman of the political-science department at Ohio State University, but sending leaders a message is the responsible thing for local governments to do.
"The president is dead set on what he wants to do and is not going to be deterred by what the city of Columbus has to say or other cities,'' he said.
"I remember during Vietnam, a turning point for public outpouring against the war was when respected public officials began to talk out against it. It's almost as if it was legitimized.''
Actually, (this is gonna sound terrible) I just pretty much made this list up!
I went thru and made a list of folks with whom I've regularly discussed Ohio topics, then I went to the "Ohio" section of "Locations" and included any other folks from Columbus/Central Ohio.
Not very scientific, I realize :-l
Anyway, TonyI'll be happy to ping the same folks about the Rally that Glenn Beck is promoting. That one sounds awesome! :)
Second, you need to put your Ohio flag up on your FR home page.
Click on your screen name at the top of the page, select My Profile, select Edit Profile, look in a box called Location and there is a pull down menu to choose Ohio.
Now scroll to the bottom of the screen and click ok.
Now people will know your in Ohio and you'll be listed on the Ohio locale page.
At anytime you can click on your name and select My Locale, it will take you to the Ohio page and there is a bulletin board on the right hand side you can post to or just read.
I was thinking about what to print on an 11×17" sign (probably the biggest thing that'd get by to take indoors). But yeah...we can definitely wear Old Glory's colors :)
Looks like we took this skirmish w/o even firing a shot ;)
Thanks to all who responded on this. Perhaps there'll be another opportunity for us Buckeye Freepers to get together soon. God bless y'all!