Re: [dfa-23] Expose Blackwater's Bait-and-Switch! LET

From: larry c.
Sent on: Friday, May 2, 2008 3:59 PM
Hi Carol and Judy,
Patsy and I joined Bob Filner's Blackwater protest
press conference in Otay Mesa.  We also signed on to
the message to Mayor Sanders.  Are the DFA and PDA
endorsed candidates joining the campaign to stop
Blackwater?  The only representative I saw at the
press conference was Bob Filner.  Also, there appeared
to be less than 30 people who were at the protest. 
Can you use your influence to help the campaign by
getting your endorsed candidates to come out now and
condemn Blackwater, and thereby influence their
supporters to actively join this campaign.
--- Carol Changus <[address removed]> wrote:


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"Expose Blackwater's Bait-and-Switch! Let's Send a
Message to Mayor Sanders! * JOIN 5/3/08 This SATURDAY~
South County Democrats Campaign * Tell Congress: Stop
War Funding

Let's Send a Message to Mayor Sanders!

Dear San Diego DFA Members:

Our friends at Courage Campaign -- an organizing
network for progressive grassroots activists in
California -- asked me to write this message to the
people of San Diego.

By now you're probably heard about Blackwater's
shocking new plan to build a base of operations in
Otay Mesa, just three blocks from the Mexican border.

False pretenses. Bait-and-switch. Trojan horse. Take
your pick of descriptions to explain Blackwater
securing a city permit for its "vocational training
school" -- a "school" that won't be open to the
general public.

 That's simply Blackwater's way of doing business. By
using trojan-horse corporate shells like "Southwestern
Law Enforcement" and "Raven Development Group" to
obtain their permit, Blackwater is using false
pretenses to evade public scrutiny.

The worst part? The "Blackwater bait-and-switch":
Using Iraq profits to subsidize a base of operations
in San Diego with millions of your tax dollars.

Enough is enough. It's time for San Diego's elected
officials to take a stand and kick Blackwater out of
San Diego County for good. If the people of Potrero
can do it, so can we.

The one man standing in the way of Blackwater is Mayor
Jerry Sanders. He has the power -- under San Diego's
"strong mayor" system -- to launch a full
investigation into the false pretenses Blackwater used
to obtain a "vocational trade school" permit for their
61,600-square-foot facility.

I've written a letter to Mayor Sanders that asks him
to take action immediately. To get the Mayor's
attention, I am urging the citizens of San Diego to
join me in signing it no later than Tuesday, May 6, at
9:00 a.m.

The sooner you sign on and spread the word to your
friends, family and neighbors, the more signatures
we'll have when we present this petition to the Mayor
on Tuesday:

http://www.courag...­

We all know that Blackwater is the "Enron" of private
security contractors, more than willing to exploit
Californians in the pursuit of profit. Do we really
want these notorious mercenaries as our neighbors,
bait-and-switching San Diego with an eye to eventually
landing border security contracts?

As I wrote to Mayor Sanders in the letter linked
above:

"This isn't the first time that Blackwater has tried
to hold itself above the law, and it probably won't be
the last. As ABC News recently reported, 'Blackwater
has been accused of tax fraud, improper use of force,
arms trafficking and overbilling connected to its work
for the U.S. government in Iraq. A grand jury, federal
prosecutors and congressional investigators are all
currently probing allegations against the company.'"

The letter goes on to ask Mayor Sanders to stand up
for San Diego so we can stand up to Blackwater before
they set up shop a stone's throw from the Tijuana
International Airport. Please sign our letter today
and ask your friends, family and neighbors to sign it
as well before Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.:

http://www.courag...­

Blackwater is undermining our troops in Iraq and our
security at home. And now it appears to be using false
pretenses to establish a dangerous foothold inside our
community to privatize our border security operations.
The only way we'll know is if our Mayor launches a
full investigation immediately.

It's time for Mayor Sanders to stand up for San
Diegans by standing up against Blackwater.

Please sign this letter to the Mayor today and tell
your friends. Before it's too late.

Thank you for everything you are doing to make sure
San Diego continues to be "America's Finest City."

Jess Durfee, Chair
San Diego County Democratic Party

P.S. Thank you to all the folks in San Diego who came
out last Friday to Congressman Bob Filner's rally and
press conference at the site of Blackwater's planned
facility in Otay Mesa. We had a great turnout in what
could be the beginning of a movement to finally kick
Blackwater out of town for good and change San Diego
politics forever. 

 
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 South County Democratic GO-Team 2008 Campaign Kickoff
Walk and Barbecue! 



DATE: Saturday, May 3, 2008  

TIMR:  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

PLACE: At Friendship Park in Chula Vista,
251 4th Ave ? Next to the Chula Vista Civic Center
Library
 
Organized by the San Diego County Democratic Party
 
The South County Grassroots Organizing Team is gearing
up to play a big role in this year?s elections! 

This is our first big event of the campaign season,
where we will unveil our
campaign strategy and lay the groundwork for our big
push in the general election.

 As part of the GO Team, you can make a difference in
elections in the South County and beyond.
 
We will be walking for our endorsed Democratic primary
candidates:
 
Pamela Bensoussan, Candidate for Chula Vista City
Council, Seat 3

Jose Preciado, Candidate for San Diego County Board of
Education , Dist. 2
 
Pat Moriarty, Candidate for Chula Vista City Council,
Seat 4

"We all need your support to win in the Primary
Election on June 3."

This is the last weekend to walk before absentee
ballots are mailed!
 
I. The event will begin with an introduction to the
campaign and the candidates. 

II. Then we will be hitting the pavement to promote
our candidates around Chula Vista . 

III. Following, there will be a barbecue for the
candidates and volunteers!

 All walking supplies will be provided, and
instructions will be given on site.
Bring comfortable shoes and sunscreen.
 
Please RSVP if you are able to join us and bring a
walking buddy!
 
 To RSVP, please contact Cynara Kidwell
([address removed] or[masked])
OR Kelly King ([address removed] or
[masked]).


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Tell Congress: Stop War Funding!

Next month, Congress will vote on whether to provide
the Bush administration with more than a hundred
billion dollars MORE for the war. Five years is five
years too many and the projected three TRILLION dollar
price tag for the war in Iraq is three trillion
dollars too much! If you agree please join me,
countless other Americans, and the over 40 members of
the Win Without War coalition in telling Congress to
stop funding the military occupation of Iraq.
    Jerry Malamud

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