Resolutions Passed By Second Vermont People's Assembly Against The War

Press Release
The People’s Assembly Against The War
Barre, Vermont, April 5th, 2003

On April 5th, 2003, a People’s Assembly Against the War was held in the working class granite town of Barre, Vermont. This assembly was a continuation of the first People’s Assembly, attended by more than 250 common Vermonters, held in the State House of Montpelier immediately following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. This second assembly, open to any and all Vermonters, drew more than 50 common Vermonters, including teachers, blue collar workers, labor union members, Anarchists from the Free Society Collective and the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective (a NEFAC Support Collective), young and old alike. At said assembly, various strategies where discussed regarding how we, as common citizens, can come to stop the current war of aggression waged by the Bush administration against the people of Iraq. Furthermore, this assembly has adopted the two below resolutions. These resolutions where presented, discussed, debated, amended, and adopted by an open and directly democratic process.

First Resolution
Adopted by the Second People’s Assembly Against the War
as Discussed, Amended, and Voted on in The Old Labor Hall
in Barre, Vermont, On April 5th, 2003

We here the People of Vermont, as assembled today at the Barre Labor Hall, stand in full solidarity with the anti war resolution passed by the First People’s Assembly which met in the Montpelier State House immediately following the imperialist U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Let it also be affirmed that we stand in full solidarity with the anti war resolution passed by representatives of over two million labor union members at the founding of U.S. Labor Against the War, and subsequently endorsed by the Vermont Worker’s Center and the numerous member labor unions throughout the Green Mountains,

And let it further be resolved that:

Whereas the invasion of Iraq is illegal, unjustified, and immoral,

Whereas the people of Vermont have no quarrel with the Iraqi people,

Whereas governments are constituted by and for the people, making all tyrants and/or undemocratically empowered leaders an illuminate authority,

Whereas the current imperialist invasion of Iraq puts Vermonters currently serving in the U.S. armed services unduly in harms way,

We hereby resolve that all Vermonters currently serving in the U.S. armed services cease and desist from all activity which in anyway puts the lives and wellbeing of the people of Iraq and/or themselves in danger of harm.

Let it also be resolved that these Vermonters should take it upon themselves to carry out this resolution.

_The People’s Assembly,
Barre labor Hall,
Saturday, April 5th, 2003

Second Resolution
Adopted by the Second People’s Assembly Against the War
as Discussed, Amended, and Voted on in the Old Labor Hall
in Barre, Vermont, On April 5th, 2003

Whereas only the President of the United States had the authority on 9/11/01 to order the U.S. Air Force and the D.C. Air National Guard to supercede the standard operating procedures which include interception of any aircraft flying outside its flight path within minutes of notification by air traffic controllers,

Whereas air traffic controllers did notify the appropriate air force bases,

Whereas the President did order the stand down of all planes whose mission it was to intercept errant flights,

Whereas such orders to stand down constitute possible complicity in the 9/11 attacks,

Be it resolved that this assembly demands an immediate, independent investigation into any and all anomalies occurring in the standard operating procedure of our air defenses on 9/11.

_The People’s Assembly,
Barre labor Hall,
Saturday, April 5th, 2003