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Fall 2015 newsletter
PEACE Iowa Fall 2015 Newsletter


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Paris, Beirut, and Syria

by Diane Randall
Friends Committee on National Legislation—Nov 17, 2015

    "Let us then try what love can do to mend a broken world."
    —William Penn

The temptation to react to violence with fear and more violence is strong. The recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut are tragic and demand a response. But a response based on fear will not lead to security or peace. A response based on fear can lead to the sacrifice of the very freedoms we cherish.

We now hear calls from members of Congress, from governors and candidates to shut the door to Syrian refugees or to open the doors only to Christians. This blanket response counters what our nation stands for and turns away those who most need our help—those who are seeking refuge from violent conflict.

Please urge your elected officials to welcome Syrian refugees who are fleeing violence at home.

As President Obama said in a press conference yesterday: "We also have to remember that many of these refugees are the victims of terrorism themselves -- that’s what they’re fleeing. Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. Our nations can welcome refugees who are desperately seeking safety and ensure our own security. We can and must do both."



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1/1/2007 candle light vigil
Thanks to Rose & Peter Persaud for this photo of the January 1, 2007
Iowa City vigil mourning the Iraq War dead—3000 U.S. soldiers and many more Iraqi civilians.



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