Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center
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LETTER TO EAST BAY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

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20150122_171142THE MT. DIABLO PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER AND CODE PINK PRESENTED THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO THE COUNCIL AFTER HOLDING A STREET PROTEST

January 22, 2015

To the Board of the East Bay Leadership Council

Subject: Protest of your choice of Karl Rove and Ellen Tauscher as speakers at the “29th Annual East Bay USA Dinner”

We, the undersigned, object to your selection of Karl Rove, former strategist for the GW Bush administration, and Ellen Tauscher, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, as honored speakers at a public event in Contra Costa County.

Karl Rove, as a member of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), wrote speeches and other documents containing lies about WMDs in Iraq that led the United States into a disastrous and very expensive war of occupation in that country. That war, costing over 4400 US lives, up to 1 million Iraqi lives and $3 trillion of our tax dollars (and counting), drained resources from much-needed civilian economic development, including green energy programs. Rove has also appeared recently on national TV programs attempting to defend the worst torture techniques used by the CIA, after the release of the “Torture Report” by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Karl Rove is not a leader whose thoughts we respect, or someone whose words we need to hear.

We also object to your choice of Ellen Tauscher as a speaker. As a former member of Congress and as a current board member of 2 nuclear weapons laboratories, she has been an advocate for “safe, reliable and effective” nuclear weapons (effective against whom? to what end?) and a booster of so-called “missile defense.”

The people of the East Bay are interested in the use of their hard-earned tax dollars for sustainable energy programs, civilian economic development, and foreign policy that does not kill and damage our young people in needless wars brought about by lies. We encourage you to seek speakers to can address these, the real needs of our community.

– Signed by representatives from both organizations and all 25+ protesters in attendance.

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