Maplewood residents protest Trump’s action, call for peace

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Approximately 75 citizens from Maplewood and nearby towns rallied Jan. 9 to protest President Donald Trump’s assassination of Iran’s second-highest leader, which has brought the two countries to the brink of war.

These local residents came out in sub-freezing temperatures to call for “No War in Iran” and to support two bills in Congress to prevent the president from going to war without Congressional approval.

The rally was one among 370 held across the country and organized by MoveOn.org in response to the crisis. The rallies were convened in support of the anti-war legislation and a return by the United States to the Iran nuclear agreement.

At the rally, speeches were made by Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee, Township Committeeman Vic DeLuca, former Congress candidate Peter Jacob and South Orange resident Nkosi Anderson. Bennet Zurofsky, of Maplewood, led the crowd in antiwar songs and about 20 attendees made comments at the open mic. The rally was chaired by Paul Surovell, of Maplewood.

Photos Courtesy of Mary Gallagher and Kent Fairfield Photography

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