Skip to content
Ralph Nader > Special Features > Letter to President Bush from Local Civil Officials Against the War in Iraq

February 7, 2003

The Honorable George W. Bush

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Bush:

On behalf of the Chicago City Council and the 75 other local elected bodies that have adopted resolutions urging an alternative to preemptive war against Iraq, I am writing to request a meeting with you on Thursday February 13, preferably in the morning some time around 11:00a.m. Joining me will be 30 other city council members from cities throughout the nation who have passed resolutions on the possible war with Iraq.

We deeply appreciate your efforts to keep our nation safe from terror and destruction. At the same time, we and the millions of citizens whose voices we have heard and whose views we represent, believe that a unilateral military action against Iraq will put our nation, our cities and our neighborhoods at great risk.

We come to Washington respectfully to discuss these issues with you and our congressional leaders. We believe that as leaders who are in daily contact with our constituents we have valuable insights to share.

We hope that you or your staff will find the time to meet with us. We would appreciate a response from your office as soon as possible, either through email at or via my phone at 773-848-5796.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to a productive discussion.


Joseph A. Moore

Alderman, Chicago City Council