Critical Vote Deferred on Resolution Opposing War with Iran

In Chicago City Council yesterday, the vote on the resolution against war with Iran was deferred one month until the next council meeting (full resolution text here).

Under a procedural regulation in the Chicago City Council, two aldermen can defer a vote until the next council meeting, but they may only defer it once. According to Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy senior policy analyst who has been tracking the proceedings, Alderman Stone was one of the aldermen responsible for its deferral today.

“We already knew he was opposed to it,” Naiman said, referencing Stone’s stated disapproval of the resolution at the Human Relations Committee hearing Tuesday. Alderman Stone joined with Alderman James Balcer to defer the vote at the behest of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who expressed his belief that the resolution might negatively affect Illinois presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s campaign.

If the resolution is amended in committee before the next City Council meeting, it may be considered a new resolution by the City Council, meaning it could be deferred again. Otherwise, it must come to a vote at the June 11 council meeting.

Call your alderman about this important vote and express your support for the current version of the resolution (click here for contact information).

The Chicago City Council previously passed a resolution opposing the ongoing war with Iraq, but the aldermen opposing the resolution against war with Iran, a minority in the City Council, have expressed that to preclude a potential war is a more sensitive subject.

Obviously, the Chicago City Council has no tangible ability to formulate foreign policy. Nonetheless, about ten US cities have already passed resolutions similar to the one that stalled in Chicago yesterday. This resolution is an opportunity for Chicago citizens to add their collective voice to the ever-increasing volume of the cry to avoid war and seek peace in US-Iran relations.

4 Responses to Critical Vote Deferred on Resolution Opposing War with Iran

  1. ctarpey says:

    The resolution was deferred, partly because Mayor Daley was concerned about the political consequences for Obama, but Obama is already on record supporting dialogue with Iran. How critical will resolutions like this become in the ongoing struggle against war with Iran?

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  4. Thinking Dove says:

    Of Course, Iran working towards Nuclear weapons.

    Can you blame them for it? Two national governments on their borders have been overthrown. Israel has threatened them with air strikes…

    A Nuclear Weapon is a defensive weapon.

    Ever notice that North Korea and Pakistan can resist the United States,,, What do they have in common?
    They are both Nuclear Powers.

    It is simple bigotry that Iran is not being allowed to develop atomic weapons. Why shouldn’t an Islamic hereditary theocracy be allowed to build I.C.B.M.s?

    A nuclear middle-east will be a peaceful middle-east because of Mutually assured destruction. Mutually assured destruction kept the peace between the United States and the Soviet Union for decades.

    Atomic bombs are defensive weapons because they make victory impossible for anyone.

    Nuclear proliferation is going to happen sooner or later any way.
    Technology always spreads. Gunpowder was invented by the Chinese, but now everyone has it. Even the most isolated illiterate tribesman carrys an assualt rifle when he goes to war.

    In the future, every Mullah, Latin American Generalismo, and African Warlord will have the ability to hurl nuclear weapons at one another. But, they will also be threatened with the same thing coming back at them. War shall become obsolete and peace shall prevail.

    Support Iran, Support Nuclear Proliferation, Support World Peace.

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