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From: Carol C.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 4:12 AM


WHAT: Community Forum
WHEN: Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 7 p.m.
WHAT: Community Forum on Stopping Blackwater Featuring Jeremy Scahill, Author Bestseller "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army"
WHERE: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front Street,Hillcrest, San Diego (opposite UCSD Med Center


WHEN: Wednesday, June 11, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHAT: Locals Rally Outside the New Blackwater Training Facility, speakers include, Jeremy Scahill, Blackwater Author and others TBA
WHERE: 7685 Siempre Viva Rd, San Diego, CA 92154.

The public is invited to both events where community members will express their views about the miscarriage of local laws, the inappropriate use of mercenaries for public security training, and the desire to have the facility shut down in Otay Mesa, California. For many who were successful in blocking Blackwater's attempt to build a more than 800 acre para-military facility in Potreo, California, Blackwater represents the ultimate expression of the worst decisions made by the Bush administration and their extreme privatization agenda.

Jeremy Scahill, author of the International and New York Times bestseller and the winner of prestigious Polk Book Award, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" will speak to the community at both events. Scahill, whose book inspired San Diego's local movement, is currently on a national tour to launch the fully updated paperback edition of his bestseller, featuring an expos? on "Baghdad's Bloody Sunday," a shooting spree carried out by Blackwater in Baghdad's Nisour Square on September 16, 2007 where 17 innocent civilians were cut down by Blackwater gunfire without provocation.

"Despite the deadly events of the past year, Blackwater's business has never been better," said Jeremy Scahill. "Amidst the scandals, controversies and allegations of killing innocent civilians, Blackwater continues to be rewarded with lucrative, multi-million dollar contracts from the federal government, all the while expanding its reach inside the US and now into California. The residents of Potrero and their allies were right to confront Blackwater as it attempted to open shop in their community on the US-Mexico border and the people of San Diego are justified in their deep concerns about Blackwater's facility in Otay Mesa."

On April 25, 2008, Rep. Bob Filner (CA-51) held a press conference at the same site about the project. "This is a private company that would profit from instability and insecurity at the border," said San Diego City Councilmember Ben Hueso, who represents the 8th District where the project is located and who spoke at event. "It's their motive and it's their interest that we have conflict and that we have problems at the border. The more there are, they more they'll profit. This is why we do not want private companies engaging in national security objectives. It is a complete conflict of interest when you mix corporate profits with community benefit."

DIRECTIONS: 805 South to 905 East, Turn right at Britannia (just opposite Brown Field Control Tower), Turn left on to Siempre Viva (third light). Info:[masked], [address removed] or

SPONSORED BY San Diego Peace Resource Center, Activist San Diego, , plus others.

Carol Jahnkow
Director, Peace Resource Center of San Diego [address removed] /[masked]

Martin Eder
Activist San Diego
[address removed] /[masked]

Raymond Lutz
Coordinator, Citizens' Oversight Projects (COPs) [address removed] /[masked]



Progressive San Diego
A United Voice for San Diego Progressives

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
Reception 5:00-6:00pm / Panel Discussion 6:00-8:00pm

The Balboa Room (19th Floor) Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP

655 West Broadway, Suite 1900 San Diego, CA 92101

Expert Analysis of June 3rd Election
You are invited to join local San Diego leaders, activists and journalists as Progressive San Diego hosts a forum to discuss the successes, missteps, and future implications of the June 2008 primary election.

Eric Wolff -- Reporter, San Diego CityBeat

Donna Frye -- San Diego City Councilmember
Lorena Gonzalez -- Secretary-Treasurer & CEO, SD-Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Lani Lutar -- President & CEO, San Diego Taxpayers Association
Andrew Donahue -- Executive Editor, Voice of San Diego

Reserve Your Seats Today!
Individual Tickets: $20

Host Committee:
Eric Isaacson, Rachel Jensen, Eve Schuh

RSVP to Tommie Watson at (617)[masked] or [address removed]

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You Are Invited...
Ira Lechner and Eileen Haag & Jim and Kathy Waring &
The San Diego Coalition To Stop Genocide In Darfur

Invite You and Your Friends to Be Our Guests

For A Private Showing of the Internationally Acclaimed Award Winning Documentary Film


Co-produced by Ira and Eileen, and documenting the atrocities in Darfur, "The Devil Came On Horseback" honors the courage of a former Marine, Brian Steidle, whose photographs alerted the World Community to protest the inaction of the great powers

DATE: Thursday, June 12, 2008

TIME: Doors Open at 6:30 PM

WHAT: Private Film Showing - 7:00 PM

GOODIES: Dessert & Coffee Reception - 8:30 PM

WHERE: The Museum of Natural History, Balboa Park

RSVP: to Ira Lechner at [address removed], or Aaron Coleman at [address removed]
Contributions (large or small) will be requested at the event for "Global Grassroots", a 501 (c)(3) charity assisting women who are victims, survivors and refugees of Darfur.

**Thursday, June 12th, doors open at 6:30 pm, film at 7:00, dessert & coffee reception at 8:30 pm. Private viewing of the internationally acclaimed, award-winning film "The Devil Came on Horseback." This film, co-produced by Ira Lechner and Eileen Haag, documents the atrocities in Darfur and honors the courage of a former Marine, Brian Steidle, whose photographs alerted the World Community to protest the inaction of the great powers. This event is being hosted by Ira Lechner and Eileen Haag, Jim and Kathy Waring, and The San Diego Coalition to Stop Genocide in Darfur at The Museum of Natural History, Balboa Park. Contributions (large or small) will be requested for "Global Grassroots", a 501(c)(3) charity assisting women who are victims, survivors and refugees of Darfur. RSVP to Ira Lechner at [address removed], or Aaron Coleman at [address removed] *Special INVITATION Event:
FROM: Mike & Margaret Lawrence
----- Original Message -----
From: Congressman Robert Wexler
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, June 09,[masked]:35 PM
Subject: Breaking Impeachment News: MCCLELLAN TO TESTIFY.

Dear Margaret,

Our campaign for accountability for the Bush administration is making legitimate progress.

I am pleased to announce to you that the House Judiciary Committee has met my public call for Scott McClellan's immediate testimony with action:

Today, Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers officially invited Mr. McClellan to testify under oath on Friday, June 20th at 10AM.

After all of our hard work pushing for impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney ? the McClellan hearing provides our cause with a legitimate opportunity to showcase the crimes and violations of this Administration for the American people, the mainstream media, reluctant members of the Democratic party, and sensible Republicans. This hearing provides us our first genuine opportunity to enter the public consciousness and change the dynamics that have prevented true accountability for Bush and Cheney.

Mr. McClellan was a major figure in the Valerie Plame/CIA scandal, as well as a leading propagandist for the Bush White House's deliberate attempts to hide the true costs of this war from the American public. As such, Mr. McClellan will testify under oath (and be subject to perjury charges should he lie) and be asked about the following matters:

What role did President Bush, Vice President Cheney , and key administration officials take in the effort to reveal the identity of covert CIA agent Valeria Plame Wilson ? thus destroying her network and putting lives in jeopardy?
What role did President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and key administration officials take regarding the firing of U.S. Attorneys or political reasons?
What role did President Bush, Vice President Cheney, key administration officials take in conspiring to blatantly break U.S. and International laws prohibiting the use of torture?
I call on Mr. McClellen to immediately accept this invitation and testify under oath as he previously agreed to while being interviewed on national television.

During the hearing I will have roughly five short minutes to question Mr. McClellan and undercover the illegalities committed by this Administration ? which is why it is critically important that every representative on the Judiciary Committee hears your voice. Please let them know that you demand answers to these questions.

Nor should it stop there: Karl Rove has thumbed his nose to the Judiciary Committee's subpoena ? joining Harriet Miers, Joshua Bolten and Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff David Addington as the only Administration officials in history to claim Congress has no power to even bring them before a committee to be questioned.

I have called for Karl Rove to be held in inherent contempt and for the other renegade officials to appear as required by their subpoenas, or be forced to do so by the House Sergeant of Arms.

What the Judiciary's request of McClellan proves is that if we stay vigilant ? if we call loudly and repeatedly for accountability - that we become very difficult to ignore.

Please stay tuned. I hope for more developments soon.

With great respect,

Congressman Robert Wexler


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