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Green Party of California

Anti-Draft ‘Teach-In' scheduled in Sacramento Tuesday; students advised by experts Iraq War draft is ‘inevitable'

Attention: Assignment Desk For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 21, 2004

Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,

SACRAMENTO – An "Anti-Draft Teach-in" – probably the first such event held in Sacramento, and maybe the state, in more than 30 years – will be held at the Sacramento City College student Center Tuesday from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m.

There will be an 11:45 a.m. news conference. Those attending will be the "teach-in" participants, including the national leader of "Mothers Against the Draft," the coordinator of a veterans group and a congressional candidate.

Students will be informed about the nearly secret – but pending – legislation awaiting votes in Congress that would mandate conscription for military service of everyone from 18-26 years-of-age. College deferments would not be possible, and Canada has already agreed to not act as a safe haven for draft avoiders as it did in the Vietnam War.

Leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties have said a draft is inevitable because of the drain on military personnel caused by the war in Iraq.

Among those speaking are Laurie Rivlin Heller, recognized by the New York Times for her anti-draft work at "Mothers Against the Draft" and George Main, the president of Veterans for Peace and an "anti-military" speaker in Sacramento schools.

There will also be a panel of vets, including those drafted into the Vietnam War more than 30 years ago.


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