Friday, November 17 , 2017, 1:16 pm | Fair 71º

Posted on March 12, 2012 | 12:47 a.m.

Santa Barbara Veterans for Peace to Erect Teen ‘Cemetery’ for War Dead in SBCC Display

Anti-war gesture to depict nearly 400 teen casualties in call for U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Iraq

Source: Gilberto Robledo for Santa Barbara Veterans for Peace

A “cemetery” of U.S. military teen casualties is planned in Santa Barbara on Friday. This will be the first monthly War Moratorium & Teen Cemetery at SBCC for this academic year.

The SBCC student club, Peace Now!, will have its weekly meeting at noon Friday on the West Campus’ Caldron Overlook, near the Teen “Cemetery.”

The “cemetery” display of tombstones will open at 10 a.m. Friday and will be sporting a new eight-foot banner that states: DON’T ATTACK IRAN: End The Occupation of Iraq/Afghanistan Now! There will be a loudspeaker available for anyone to read aloud the names and circumstances of the 397 18- and 19-year-old U.S. casualties from the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

The actions here, across the country and around the world mark the continuation of the War Moratorium, to unite individuals and groups who act to end wars on the third Friday/weekend of every month.

The local Teen “Cemetery” is sponsored by Santa Barbara Veterans for Peace Chapter 54. The tombstones will be set up by volunteers from the Santa Barbara Veterans for Peace and SBCC students. Set up begins at 8:15 a.m., display participation is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the commemoration will be taken down between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Individuals passing by on the walkway between the East and West campuses will be asked to place a placard of the color photo and information of a teen casualty on the tombstones. Information about the cost of war and the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan will be shared. Free books, newspapers and DVDs on the cost of war also will be available, and donations will be accepted. Cell phones will be available to make free calls to President Barack Obama, his Cabinet and Congress to end both wars now and to support other peace and justice issues.

An SBCC form for students to be taken off the military’s recruitment list, in opposition to the Solomon Amendment will be given out. The 1996 amendment allows colleges and universities to give student names, phone numbers and other private information to 17 components of the U.S. military service branches each term. Students can prevent the release of their information to military recruiters by using the 1974 Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act to withold the release of their “directory information.”

Two petitions are currently being circulated at the Teen “Cemetery” to be sent to Obama and Congress:

» Stop Military Use of Depleted Uranium for Veterans for Peace Chapter 116, P.O. Box 96, Albion, Calif. 95410

» Withdraw our military from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately for American Friends Service Committee, 637 Dearborn Ave., Third Floor, Chicago 60605

Click here for more information on Santa Barbara Veterans for Peace, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

— Gilberto Robledo represents Santa Barbara Veterans for Peace Chapter 54.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >