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Anti-War Message from Dianne Linn

Re-post of personal message from Multnomah County's Chair, Dianne Linn, regarding the Multnomah County anti-war resolution and the need to focus on our local community.
Below is a re-post of a personal message from Multnomah County's Chair, Dianne Linn. I think this message is important because it echoes the voice of a huge percentage of Americans who believe that there are alternatives to force with Iraq, and that the real thing we need to be focusing on is the "war at home" before we go off to fight someone else's battles. I am proud of Dianne Linn and the other courageous women who voted against the use of force in Iraq (Maria Rojo de Steffey, Serena Cruz and Lisa Naito). And I am proud of all the members of our community how work tirelessly to help those most in need amid ever increasing budget cuts and the incessant drums of war. Radical, Left, Right, Center, religious and non-religious, more and more of us stand in solidarity as we fight to BRING THE WAR HOME!


I would like to briefly clarify my position on the upcoming County resolution denouncing a strike against the people of Iraq. As a Catholic, I am fundamentally opposed to war and believe we must all seek better ways to resolve conflict other than through the use of force.

I attended the demonstration last Saturday and marched proudly with my daughter and the 20,000 others in sending the message that this action diverts needed federal resources to a destructive and tragic purpose. My church was one of the sponsoring organizations of the event. For all of those reasons and more I will be voting "yes" on the resolution.

However, what is on the forefront of my mind these days is the local devastation that may soon occur. At Multnomah County we are responsible to provide services to people who rely on them every day and the budget cuts proposed at the state level will cause serious hardship to people who don't have a voice. I'm deeply concerned about our public schools, public safety, seniors and people with disabilities. They are our children, our parents and our neighbors.

While it's important to remain vigilant and connected to what happens on the federal level and in the international community, I believe Multnomah County must focus our time and effort on the challenge we have to continue to provide essential services to this community. It's our job.

It's also our job to engage the public in decisions we make. The Board of County Commissioners has always welcomed all people into our meetings and treats every individual with respect. I invite citizens who have a position on the resolution to communicate with us in any way and we will take the time to listen and respond. I hope you will take the time to share your thoughts with us.

Dianne M. Linn
Chair, Multnomah County
January 2003