Sunday, August 30, 2009

Veterans For Peace protest Rep. Gus Bilirakis's 3rd Annual Military Fair

AUGUST 26, 2009

by The Major

Rightardia comment: The Major attended this event and noticed plenty of protesters as he entered the school grounds. Attendance was  light compared to last year and fewer people visited the displays in the school set up by a variety of veterans organizations. Another big difference was that some of the protesters entered the event grounds and were talking to the vets.

The major did not attend the rally in the auditorium because he no longer buys into right wing patriotic events. Some of the people who were leaving the rally indicated the protesters had disrupted it and police had to be called in. The Major saw the police talking to some of the protesters, but he didn't see anyone get arrested.

If the Astroturfers, Birthers, Deathers and Tea Baggers can't be civil in town hall meetings, Rightardia suggests turnabout is fair play.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis's Military Fair violates the public school system's ZERO-TOLERANCE policy against weapons.

WHAT: CODEPINK, St. Pete for Peace, Veterans For Peace, and local activists will protest the use of public school property to display weapons.
WHEN: 11am to 2 pm, August 29th, 2009
WHERE: Rep. Gus Bilirakis's 3rd Annual Military Fair, East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, Tarpon Springs FL

The annual Military Fair, hosted by Congressman Gus Bilirakis, is used to glorify the military to children. Advertised as a "family" event, the fair includes multiple displays of military machinery and weaponry.

Public schools should be centers of academic and personal growth, we won't allow them to be used to showcase and glorify the military. At last year's event, Bilirakis allowed gun dealers on the school grounds; the dealers brought display guns, and allowed children to point them at each other.

The law states that if a child so much as displays a plastic pirate sword during a Halloween party on school grounds, he or she gets expelled. Yet the military is allowed to set up weapons displays and invite gun dealers to showcase their weaponry. We will not raise our children to kill another mother's child, and we refuse to allow our schools to become centers for military indoctrination.

For more information and exact schedule, please call Heidi Ferrara of CODEPINK Tampa Bay, (727) 967-7535 or Dwight Lawton at

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