Specter did not listen to the voters. He went into the Primary Election with a new label (Democrat) but with the same old politics. He did not turn toward peace, as his constituents wanted. Specter also did not turn toward single-payer healthcare or any other progressive political precept which would have earned him votes. By remaining an arch-conservative and by continuing to espouse the same old chicken-hawk policies, Specter assured his own loss in the Primary.
On June 20, the same 26 peace groups will hold a Muhammad Ali Peace Event from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. near Senator Arlen Specter's home on West Schoolhouse Lane(at Vaux Street) in Germantown. On this date in 1967, Muhammad Ali, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted for the U.S. occupation of Vietnam.
The demonstrators will ask Specter (who remains our Senator until January 2011) to endorse a bill which will cut off Pentagon funding in Afghanistan and Iraq except what is needed for the safe return of all U.S. troops. They also want the closure of all Pentagon bases there.
The Muhammad Ali Peace Event has been endorsed by Brandywine Peace Community, Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Bucks for Progress, Catholic Peace Fellowship, Chester County Peace Movement, Code Pink Philadelphia, Communist Party of Eastern PA and DE, Delaware Valley Veterans for America, Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, Green Party of Delaware County, Green Party of Montgomery County, Green Party of Philadelphia, Maine Line Peace Action, Military Families Speak Out, Northeast Philly for Peace and Justice, Northwest Greens, Peace Action of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Philadelphia Regional Anti-War Network (PRAWN), Philadelphia War Resisters League, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Saint Vincent's Peace and Justice Ministry, Suburban Philadelphia Greens, Turn Around America, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 31, and Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (Philadelphia Branch).
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