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New Action (California Action) ACTION NAME: Kick Blackwater out of CA

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  • dorinda moreno
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    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2008
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      > To: admin@...
      > Date: 30 Apr 2008 23:31:45 -0500
      > Subject: New Action (California Action)
      > Greetings:
      > A new action has just been added on California Action
      > The details are as follows:
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      > ACTION NAME: Kick Blackwater out of CA
      > SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Peace Coalition of Monterey County
      > DATES: 5-1-2008 through 5-31-2008
      > Just a few months after the courageous people of Potrero kicked Blackwater
      > out of their small town on the California border, Blackwater has announced
      > plans to open a 61,600 square-foot "training facility" in San Diego just
      > THREE blocks from Mexican border.
      > In other words, Blackwater is using your tax dollars on a mercenary war in
      > Iraq -- $320 million paid so far, over 60% in no-bid contracts -- to
      > subsidize building a base of operations inside California.
      > Blackwater's border bait-and-switch has shocked the citizens of San Diego.
      > Shortly before pulling their plans on Potrero, the private military
      > contractor quietly used a shell company called "Southwest Law Enforcement"
      > to gain city permits for a "vocational trade school" a stone's throw from
      > the Tijuana Airport. While Blackwater denies that this deception is a trojan
      > horse to land border security contracts from the federal government before
      > George W. Bush leaves office, the ominous writing is on California's wall.
      > What will it take to stop Blackwater for good in California and Iraq?
      > Local and national pressure. This time, the Courage Campaign plans to fight
      > a two-front battle against Blackwater -- on the border in San Diego and in
      > the halls of Congress.
      > To block Blackwater in California for good, we need to put them out of
      > business in Iraq forever. That's why we're supporting Rep. Jan Schakowsky's
      > "Stop Outsourcing Security Act" (H.R. 4102), which would phase out private
      > security companies like Blackwater in Iraq and Afghanistan. An identical
      > bill in the Senate (S. 2398) has been co-sponsored by Senator Hillary
      > Clinton.
      > If Senator Clinton can call for Blackwater to be banned from Iraq, so can
      > Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
      > And so can you. Please join us now in asking Speaker Pelosi --
      > California's most powerful member of Congress -- to take leadership by
      > supporting the "Stop Outsourcing Security Act." On Monday, we will deliver
      > thousands of your signatures to Speaker Pelosi's offices in Washington D.C.
      > and San Francisco. Please add your signature and spread the word today:
      > http://www.couragecampaign.org/BanBlackwater
      > Rep. Schakowsky's bill in the House requires that within six months of
      > passage, "the secretary of State shall ensure that all personnel at any
      > United States diplomatic or consular mission in Iraq are provided security
      > services only by federal government personnel."
      > Senator Clinton was unequivocal in her support for this ground-breaking
      > legislation:
      > "From this war's very beginning, this administration has permitted
      > thousands of heavily-armed military contractors to march through Iraq
      > without any law or court to rein them in or hold them accountable. These
      > private security contractors have been reckless and have compromised our
      > mission in Iraq. The time to show these contractors the door is long past
      > due. We need to stop filling the coffers of contractors in Iraq, and make
      > sure that armed personnel in Iraq are fully accountable to the U.S.
      > government and follow the chain of command."
      > The bill is also gaining momentum in the progressive grassroots and
      > netroots as a foundational piece of the "Responsible Plan to End the War in
      > Iraq" -- the people-powered plan we told you about a few weeks ago that has
      > now been endorsed by 55 congressional candidates for Congress.
      > This Thursday, May 1, True Majority will deliver the "Responsible Plan" to
      > members of Congress across America on the fifth anniversary of President
      > Bush's "Mission Accomplished" declaration. On Monday, May 5, we'll follow up
      > by delivering your signatures to Speaker Pelosi's offices in Washington D.C.
      > and San Francisco.
      > With funding for the war in Iraq being considered by Congress right now,
      > there's no better time to shine a light on Blackwater. If we can convince
      > Speaker Pelosi to stop Blackwater from privatizing national security with
      > our tax dollars, it could be the beginning of the end for Blackwater in
      > Iraq. And California.
      > Please take a stand and spread the word today, before we deliver your
      > signatures to Speaker Pelosi on Monday:
      > http://www.couragecampaign.org/BanBlackwater
      > Time is not on our side. Blackwater claims that it may be able to begin
      > operations in San Diego as early as this summer. Meanwhile, the Iraq
      > contract that Blackwater is operating under -- the State Department's
      > "Worldwide Personal Protective Services" contract to guard infrastructure
      > and diplomats -- is up for renewal in May.
      > We need to go on offense now, locally and nationally, to stop the
      > outsourcing of our security operations in Iraq and on the Mexican border.
      > That means blocking Blackwater from San Diego and banning Blackwater from
      > Iraq before it's too late.
      > Please forward this email to your friends today and ask them to sign our
      > petition to Speaker Pelosi before Monday at 9 a.m.
      > Thank you for everything you are doing to make 2008 a new era for
      > progressive politics in California. And the world.
      > Rick Jacobs, Chair
      > P.S. The people of Potrero spoke out loud and clear that Blackwater was
      > not welcome in San Diego County. Now it's up to the Mayor and the San Diego
      > City Council to stand up against these mercenaries setting up shop on in
      > California. In a few days, we'll give you an update on the battle brewing
      > over Blackwater's new base on the border and what you can do to stop it.
      > But first, we need your help to ban Blackwater from Iraq. Please sign the
      > petition to Speaker Pelosi now:
      > http://www.couragecampaign.org/BanBlackwater
      > The Courage Campaign is an independent political committee and online
      > organizing network empowering grassroots and netroots activists to build a
      > progressive California. In 2008, the Courage Campaign will catalyze action
      > to increase California's importance in the race for the White House, hold
      > our elected officials accountable, and block Blackwater from building a base
      > on our border.
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      > * To vote on the action, go here:
      > http://calaction.org/_admin/vote/vote.php?actionID=73
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      > account.
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