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Voices for peace: Antiwar groups spread their message of nonviolence

"I would like to see war abolished for the sake of my grandchildren," said Jane Streiff-Spelich of Delmar, a member of Grannies for Peace, who has 12 grandchildren ranging in age from 14 to 26 years old.

Women between the ages of 59 and 91 are a part of the now 65-member organization that has been actively involved in lobbying state politicians for an end to the war in Iraq.

In January of this year, the group met with staff from Democratic senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton's office as part of a national campaign organized by the Granny Peace Brigade, which visited Washington, D.C., pleading for an end to the war.

Mickie Lynn another local member of Women Against War was outspoken in her criticism of Sen. Clinton's view on the Iraq War.

"She is very much for war in every shape and form," said Lynn, who along with the other members are watching the presidential candidates quite closely to see what candidate will really stand for peace.

"As an organization, we haven't taken any position," said Easter, who also expressed disappointment over Clinton's position on the Iraq War.

"We were very disappointed she was not willing to rule out military force to deal with Iran," said Easter.

Upcoming events for the groups include the weekly peace vigil in Delmar Mondays in September along with the next regular meeting of Women Against War to be held Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Albany Friends Meeting hall 727 Madison Avenue, Albany. You can also find them on the Web at www.womenagainstwar.org.

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