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June 3, 2006

Yes on Dept. of Peace, Nothing on Impeachment

Posted by David Postman at 5:59 PM

Democrats voted to approve a resolution calling for creation of a U.S. Department of Peace. The resolution calls on the state's Congressional delegation to "support and cosponsor a Cabinet level Department of Peace & Nonviolence to be established to study and advance peace and nonviolence as the organizing principles in all human relations from families and neighborhoods, to courts and congresses, both nationwide and internationally."

The two impeachment resolutions were left undone along with about 90 others. The party said those will be considered at a meeting of the state central committee in September. There were unhappy shouts, and one delegate said it was important to vote on the impeachment resolutions. But by a voice vote the stack of resolutions was postponed.

Many delegates were unhappy that so much work was left undone. A delegate who said this was her first convention addressed the crowd choking back tears and said, "I'm wondering if we have the political will to stay and do the work." Another woman opposed the move because as a delegate she won't get to vote on the resolutions, which are now in the hands of the central committee. There was a complaint that too much of the convention was taken up with "rah-rah stuff" and not enough debating the platform.

The convention is adjourned.

UPDATE: A platform committee member e-mailed to tell me that the Dept. of Peace is also in the platform. It was moved from foreign policy to the section on government and political reform, so now it is endorsed in the platform as well as by resolution..

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