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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Say NO!! To Blackwater in California

Dear Network Member:

War profiteer Blackwater USA already has its former lobbyist working in the California Department of Homeland Security. And the private security firm reportedly has its eyes on California disaster relief contracts in the event that the big one hits. So is it any wonder that Blackwater now has its sights set on building a mercenary training camp right here in California?

Join us in urging Governor Schwarzenegger and Senators Boxer and Feinstein to stop Blackwater from opening an 824-acre mercenary training facility in the midst of the pristine wilderness of Round Potrero Valley, 45 miles east of San Diego.

Tell our state leaders to say NO to war profiteering, say NO to Blackwater West.

Since local residents were made aware of Blackwater's plans last October, citizens, activists and local leaders alike have risen up in opposition to the plan. Of Potrero's 450 registered voters, more than 300 of them have signed a petition opposing the facility. There is also an effort underway to recall the seven members of the Potrero Planning Group that gave the go ahead for the plan last November. And the district's own Congressman, Rep. Bob Filner, has vowed to do what he can to block the training camp.

Will you join with the local community in urging our statewide leaders to keep Blackwater out of their backyard?

Tell the governor and our senators to say No to Blackwater.

Yours sincerely,

Rick Jacobs

P.S. You can learn more about Blackwater's attempt to colonize in California at, a website established by Raymond Lutz, President of the East County Democratic Club. This weekend he will be introducing a resolution on the floor of the CA Democratic Convention to make all mercenary camps in California, including Blackwater West, illegal. Support his efforts by signing our petition and standing against Blackwater in California.

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