Salem, Roanoke, Blacksburg and Radford citizens joined to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust. Concerned citizens in cities across America linked to Roots Action formed picket lines at elected representatives. Locally, citizens visited offices of Senators Kaine and Warner and Congressman Ben Cline in downtown Roanoke to demand: “Defuse Nuclear War.” They then entered the offices to deliver their comments and a letter of concern about insecurity with the escalating Ukraine conflict and President Biden’s comment about “Armageddon.” Citizens demanded a ceasefire, de-escalation that brings peace to Europe and for Congress to stop sending weapons to fuel the current conflict indefinitely. They insisted that war will only end through negotiations and that continued destruction of Ukraine is unacceptable in the current U.S.-Russia proxy war.
-Submitted by Cynthia Munley