Is Iraq on the ballot in your town?

In a little publicized phenomenon, a considerable number of U.S. cities and towns will be voting on non binding referendums calling for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Cities in Illinois voting on the question include Chicago, Springfield and Urbana, as well as half a dozen towns. In Wisconsin, 10 towns are voting on November 7th, while 24 of 32 towns voting this past April have already asked for immediate troop withdrawal.

But that is nothing compared to Massachusetts, where 139 communities are voting on the question."We're just hoping people will look into their hearts and say, 'What is going on here?'" said Paul Shannon of the American Friends Service Committee, the Quaker peace group that helped organize the Massachusetts signature drive. "Are we really willing to throw away more lives tomorrow? For what?"

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