Expression of dissent has grown since Rankin’s time |

Expression of dissent has grown since Rankin’s time

Do you remember Jeanette Rankin? No? She was the first woman to be elected to the U. S. Congress and she voted against our participation in World War I.

In the House of Representatives, when the vote came up for whether we would enter World War II, Rankin was the only member of the House who voted against entering the war.

Today, many citizens are sad and depressed that our current Congress voted to support President Bush in his plan to attack Iraq. But look how far we have come since Jeanette Rankin’s lonely stand: In the House, 133 persons voted against this thoughtless war, as well as 23 persons in the Senate.

For encouraging information on how you can continue to express your dissent, contact the Peace Center of Nevada County (PCNC): call (530) 470 9797.

Margaret Dimock

Grass Valley

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