The Central Phoenix Chapter National Organization of Women and The Military Rape Crisis Center are proud to host peace activist Cindy Sheehan at our beautiful community garden site, dedicated to those survivors and victims of Military Sexual Trauma.
Sheehan, along with others, is on a 90 day Bike Ride For Peace from California to Washington DC where she will deliver a petition for a better world to The White House. We are thrilled to have her help us voice our concerns over the recent U.S. Air Force decision to to transfer a convicted sex offender, Air Force Lt. Col James Wilkerson, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.
Please join Cindy, NOW and The MRCC in saying Air Force Convicted Sexual Predators Are Not Welcome in Arizona!!!
Air Force Lt. Col James Wilkerson, a former Inspector General at Aviano Air Base in Italy, was convicted of sexually assaulting a civilian contractor in November 2012. Wilkerson was sentenced by a military jury of five to a year in jail, forfeiture of all pay and discharged from the service.
Three months later, in February 2013, Gen Craig Franklin overturned Wilkerson’s conviction, using the authority of Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Instead of serving his prison sentence, Lt. Col Wilkerson will be transferred to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ., the hometown of his victim. Even though Lt. Col. Wilkerson was found guilty of sexual assault, he will not be required to be registered as a sex offender. This guilty verdict has been completely erased from his record, and this convicted sex offender is able to continue serving, putting others at risk.
This shocking case exemplifies the need for a non military investigative and judicial board to handle military sexual assault cases. The STOP ACT, introduced into Congress by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), will do just that.
Please join us in the garden Sunday morning, welcome our Tour de Peace riders and support The STOP ACT, Hr 3435.
Thanks to The End the War Coalition for bringing the Tour de Peace to Phoenix! The End the War Coalition has worked non-stop for peace and justice in Arizona and their efforts are appreciated and have made a difference.
The Stop Act, H.R. 3435