May 2008 Archives
"I am sending my complete support and admiration to all those now involved in the courageous struggle to stop military recruitment in Berkeley and across the country."
Ron Kovic -- the paralyzed Vietnam veteran whose autobiography was made into the Oscar-winning 1989 feature film by Oliver Stone: "Born on the Fourth of July," starring Tom Cruise -- sends his complete support to the effort to stop the recruiters in Berkeley and across the country.
We are encouraging all of our friends and supporters to read his powerful statement, posted today on "Common Dreams," forward it widely, and yes . . . go out and rent/borrow/buy "Born on the Fourth of July." And make sure you bring a couple of friends to the debate Thursday!
Here is Ron's statement:
Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted
Recruiting Officer for the U.S. Armed Forces
Audience Questions and Answers to follow
All Ages Welcome
(A special invititation to Youth, Students,
and Their Families and Loved Ones!)
A storm of controversy has erupted over recent protests against the Marines Recruiting Station in downtown Berkeley. With no end in sight to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a new war against Iran looming -- all the major presidential candidates agree on a significant expansion of U.S. military forces. What do you know about these questions? What do you think? Come hear a two-sided debate between one of the country's most well-known anti-war leaders and the military recruiters themselves. Bring your friends, your family, your opinions, and your questions.Date: Thursday May 29
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Place: St. Mark's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft (at Ellsworth)
Berkeley, CA 94704
Donation $5-10 sliding scale, $3 Youth/Students
(No one turned away for lack of funds)
This debate presented by The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime!,
SF Bay Area Chapter and will be taped by KPFA 94.1 FM for later broadcast.
For more info, or to reserve seats, call: (415) 864-5153 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org