Press Releases


YES on Prop U – End the War in Iraq
NO on Prop V – No Military Recruitment in Our Schools


Friday, October 31, 2008 – 2:30 p.m.

The veterans’ “Sacred Soil” octagon
between the War Memorial/Veterans Building and Davies Symphony Hall
Van Ness Avenue

Sheehan’s eldest child, Casey Austin, was killed while serving in Iraq. In response to this tragedy, Sheehan founded the Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization of family members who have had relatives die as a result of war, dedicated to ending the occupation in Iraq and bringing our troops home. In 2005, Sheehan traveled to Crawford, Texas, hoping to speak to President Bush to demand an end to the occupation of Iraq. Other peace activists joined what came to be known as “Camp Casey.” Known worldwide for her determined efforts to promote peace, Sheehan resides in the Mission District, and is running for Congress as an Independent in the 8th Congressional District.

Col. Wright spent thirteen years in the U.S. Army and sixteen years in the Army Reserves. She then joined the Foreign Service where she received the State Department’s Award for Heroism. On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, she resigned in opposition to the invasion. Since then, she has been speaking out for peace; has been arrested numerous times for peaceful, nonviolent protest of the war on Iraq; has supported GI resisters in the US and Canada; and has supported the resistance of women GIs and veterans to sexual abuse in the military.

NO on V
John Caldera,
SF Veterans Affairs Commissioner
American Legion, Commander Post 315

YES on U
Barry Hermanson
Green Party Candidate for Congress, 12th Congressional District

Riva Enteen
(415) 424-8311

United Nations Day 2008:
SF Faith Leaders Call Local JROTC Prop V a Violation of UN Spirit

WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2008, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Federal Building, Corner of Larkin and Golden Gate Streets, San Francisco

Rev. Dorsey Blake, Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples
Rev. Peter Olandt, S.F. Unitarian Universalist)
Rev. Karen Oliveto, Glide United Methodist Church
Rev. Deborah Lee, PANA Institute
Rev. Schuler Rhodes, Temple United Methodist Church
Alan Lessik, AFSC)
Father Louis Vitale, Franciscan and JROTC/ROTC graduate

In honor of observing UN Day (October 24th), faith leaders from San Francisco gather to encourage voters to vote NO on Proposition V. The UN Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict prohibits military recruitment of young people under the age of 17. This protocol was ratified by the US Senate. In San Francisco, the US military through the JROTC program in San Francisco high schools targets youth as young as 13 to join, in what former Defense Secretary Cohen called, “one of the best recruiting devices we could have.”

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Veterans speak out against Prop V and JROTC

WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 – 11:00 am
WHERE: War Memorial and Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

WHO: John Caldera, SF Veterans Affairs Commissioner, American Legion, Commander Post 315
Eddie Falcon, Vice-President, SF Iraq Vets Against the War, Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan
Stephen Funk, President, SF Iraq Vets Against the War, gay Marine who refused orders to Iraq
Michael Job, gay Viet Nam combat veteran, US Army, retired SFUSD teacher
George Johnson, Viet Nam combat vet, US Navy, Veterans for Peace
Forrest Schmidt, ANSWER Coalition, Army National Guard
Michael Wong, US Army, Veterans for Peace and Asian Americans for Peace and Justice

“Veterans know what the military experience is really all about,” says Michael Wong of Veterans for Peace. “The purpose of JROTC is the exploitation of children by adults to feed our wars for oil and conquest. Targeting youth under 18 for military recruitment is a violation of international law for good reason.”

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