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Town hall meeting on war scheduled

Town hall meeting on war scheduled


March 26, 2003
Sentinel staff report

Expect raw emotion and hours of speeches at an April 7 follow-up town hall meeting about the war on Iraq.
The session will begin at 7 p.m. It is the first community meeting scheduled since the war started.
A Feb. 18 town hall meeting drew a near-capacity crowd to the 500-seat grand auditorium at the Del Mar Theatre. Almost all speakers were peace advocates.
This time the meeting will be held at the Civic Auditorium, with nearly twice the capacity.
There may be no keynote speaker, though. Mayor Emily Reilly said U.S. Rep. Sam Farr has been invited but most likely will be unable to attend since Congress is in session that Monday.
At the last town hall meeting, Farr, D-Carmel, met with strong applause but also criticism from some peace advocates, who said they were angry he did not take a strong stand against economic sanctions against Iraq and voted in favor of a military appropriations budget. Controversy over Farr led to a minor flap last month when the Santa Cruz Peace Coalition barred him from speaking at a downtown rally, a decision that prompted dissension among peace advocates.
The council was the first local government body in the nation to condemn a possible United States-led war on Iraq. After its proclamation in September, the council passed a follow-up, urging state and federal leaders to pressure against the war.
Reilly said there’s no other resolutions planned at the moment. She said the meeting will be for people to air their views, whether they are protesting or supporting the war.
Reilly recently ordered flags at City Hall lowered to half staff for 72 hours to commemorate all the people killed so far in the war, Iraqis as well as U.S. service members.
Contact Dan White at dwhite (at)

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