Veterans For Peace ends occupation project in Cong. Markey's office

MEDFORD — Leaders of the Veterans For Peace movement have called their vigil at Cong... Edward Markey's office a success, as the long-time, high-ranking area Congressman has agreed to continue on a path to vote against more funding for the Iraq War and to bring home the troops.

Local members of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade Chapter 9 of Veterans For Peace ended their occupation of . Markey's office in Medford Square after two days, when Congressman Markey signed a pledge to vote against the $100 billion supplemental appropriation for Iraq coming before Congress.

"The goal of the Occupation Project was to get Markey to sign this pledge. We are thrilled that he did it, and look forward to his colleagues in the Massachusetts delegation joining him in this, so this war can end quickly," said Nate Goldshlag, co-coordinator of the Smedley Butler Brigade.

About 50 veterans and supporters met with Markey "for 90 minutes" Wednesday evening, the veterans said.

Markey represents Winchester, Woburn and Wakefield among his communities.

Veterans For Peace joined the national Occupation Project, which is seeking to eliminate funding for the war. "We'd like to thank Rep. Markey for meeting with us," Goldshlag said. "We'd also like to thank District Director Joe Dalton and the staff of the office for their hospitality and for arranging the meetin with Markey."

The Smedley D. Butler Brigade Chapter 9 of Veterans For Peace was established in the mid-1980s and includes more than 100 Veterans from the Boston area who are involved in antiwar activities.

The local chapter is part of the national Veterans For Peace and is named in honor of Marine Gen. Smedley D. Butler, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history, who turned against war and famously said "War is a racket. A few profit, the many pay."

the wording of Markey's pledge to vote against the 2007 supplemental funding for the Iraq War is as follows:

"I, rep. Edward Markey, pledge to vote against the supplemental spending measure that President Bush will seek in 2007 from Congress to fund the war in and occupation of Iraq. I will take leadership in getting other Representatives to also vote against the supplemental."

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