San Diego Veterans For Peace “Compassion Campaign” Update

by Gil Field

The San Diego Veterans For Peace “Compassion Campaign,” an outreach effort to give a sleeping bag set to each of the 9000+ homeless in San Diego, began in December 2010 and continues indefinitely.

Convinced that homelessness is one of the many costs of war, the outreach effort began after active veterans in the San Diego Veterans For Peace chapter became alarmed at the life-threatening living conditions homeless veterans and others endure on the streets and under the interstate overpasses in downtown San Diego.

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SDVFP Policy Statement on the Use of Drones

POLICY STATEMENT ON THE USE OF DRONES

SAN DIEGO VETERANS FOR PEACE
CHAPTER 91
THE HUGH THOMPSON MEMORIAL CHAPTER

Policy:

We, as San Diego Veterans for Peace, are deeply troubled by the United States Government’s current use of drone aircraft deployed in foreign nations across the globe and the potential expansion of the use of drones domestically. We call for an immediate end to drone attacks and domestic surveillance until the President of the United States provides to Congress and the American people full transparency regarding drone policy. He must provide to Congress and the American people the heretofore secret legal opinions that are allegedly used as a basis for justifying: (1) the targeting of US citizens without charging those citizens with a crime or crimes; (2) the targeting of foreign nationals who do not pose an immediate and imminent threat to the United States and; (3) the launching of drone attacks against the citizens of countries or those residing in countries, in which the United States is not in engaged in legal armed conflict. Further, we call upon Congress to pass legislation that provides for robust congressional and judicial oversight of foreign and domestic drone use, and the oversight of funding for drones within or outside the borders of the United States.

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