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For Immediate Release

Michael McPhearson, Exec. Dir., Veterans For Peace 314-303-8874
Josh Brollier, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence  931-436-3616

Large Majority of U.S. Peace Activists Express Disappointment to Nobel Committee

Letter notes Anti-war Stance of an earlier U.S. Nobel Laureate, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


On December 9th, representatives of several dozen U.S. antiwar groups
posted an open letter to the Nobel Committee expressing regret that
President Obama, so close upon his receipt of this honor, has opted to
escalate the U.S. war in Afghanistan with the deployment of 30,000
additional troops
The letter calls attention to statements made by the Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., upon receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1964, when
he urged people to reject retaliatory violence. "President Obama has
insisted that his troop escalation is a necessary response to dangerous
instability in Afghanistan and Pakistan," the document states, "but we
reject the notion that military action will advance the region's
stability, or our own national security."

The signatories pledged "to mobilize our constituencies in the spirit
of Dr. King's nonviolent and committed example. His prophetic words
will guide us as we assemble in the halls of Congress, in local offices
of elected representatives, and in the streets of our cities and towns,
protesting every proposal that will continue funding war."

Signed by veterans and peace activists, religious leaders and community
organizers, the document represents one of the most widespread antiwar
coalitions in decades, including many of the organizations which, in
2003, brought millions onto the streets to oppose the U.S.-Iraq war.

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

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