Peace Groups Plan To Protest Military Fair

08/27/09 Robert Lorei
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Our next guest, Dwight Lawton, is a member of Veterans for Peace. His group and other peace groups will protest the annual Military Fair, hosted by Congressman Gus Bilirakis. to be held this weekend at Eastlake High School in Tarpon Springs. The group says the event is "used to glorify the military to children." Advertised as a "family" event, the fair includes multiple displays of military machinery and weaponry. Also 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 dlawton2@tampabay.rr.com

Also: http://stpeteforpeace.org/militaryfair.html

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