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MFSO Member 5K Fundraiser

MFSO member Marcia Westbrook is asking for support for this 5K event! This 5k and kids’ race will raise money toward THE MATTHEW RAIRDON SCHOLARSHIP FUND –
When preparing to go to college, Matt was extremely appreciative to receive a scholarship to attend St. Joseph’s College. The intent of this scholarship fund is to help other people who want to pursue a nursing education at St. Joseph’s College in the future.

Matthew Steven Rairdon’s life was tragically taken from us on November 30th, 2013. Matt was born on July 17, 1991 to his loving parents, Gary & Laurie (Wescott) Rairdon. Matthew was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and cherished friend by so many. Matthew was a 2009 graduate of Westbrook High School and a recent graduate of St. Joseph’s College with a degree in the nursing program. Because of who he was and the legacy he has left us, Matt will always live among us, a bright star shining in our darkest moments. Find out more

Donations may be made directly to “The Matthew Rairdon Scholarship Fund” at: Evergreen Credit Union c/o Pauline Campbell, P.O. Box 1038, Portland ME, 04104-1038

 

 

 

Global Days of Action on Military Spending

Military Families Speak Out is joining with organizations throughout the country and the world in support of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).  This year, April 5-18, have been designated as days to support moving the money from out-of-control military spending to life-affirming, sustainable human needs. 

Our special role as members of Military Families Speak Out is to point out the human costs of these wars, as we know them personally.  This campaign raises awareness about the insane amounts of money spent on wars and weapons demanding it be redirected to care for our veterans and the needs of our communities – jobs, education, health care, infrastructure improvements, climate change and other pressing human needs. 

There are many ways interested members can participate.   Here’s a fun one!!     

Between now and April 15th  Post a Selfie – Telling Us What You Think!  We invite you to:

1)      Take a photo or video of yourself holding a “Taxes – What Are They Good For?” or “What They Are Not Good For” sign with your message in the blank space. Perhaps in front of what you want to fund. (Blank signs are available online or make your own.) Or just type your comments and post them on our TAXE$ Facebook event page at this link.

2)      Post your photo or comment on our “Taxes – What Are They Good For?” event page with notes you want to add. (http://bit.ly/TaxesWhat )

3)      Invite friends and others to post their messages on the Page. (http://bit.ly/TaxesWhat)

4)      Come back to the Page and see what others are posting. 

 

Members can also organize an event in your community or work in coalition with other organizations on an event such as a rally, meetings with elected officials, forums, etc. 

National Priorities Project (www.Nationalpriorities.org ) has excellent resources for information about our overwhelming military spending at the expense of Americans needs here at home.  For example, if you go to that website and go to data/tools, then click on trade-offs, you will see a chart. You can get information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and its financial cost to taxpayers in the United States, your state, your county, and in your city. This information and other data on the website can be useful for a flyer, a fact-sheet, a class at a school, a poster, or elsewhere.

Please notify Pat Alviso (mfso-oc@earthlink.net )of any events you are planning so they can be posted on the MFSO Facebook page and website. Take pictures and write a short article for the next MFSO newsletter. Send those toPaularogovin3@gmail.com.

Call For Action: Protest U.S. Military in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) is issuing a call for action to protest the continued US military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, for the use of diplomacy, and for the government to take care of our service members and veterans. If you have an upcoming action or an on-going vigil in your community, please, please send information about it to MFSO-OC@earthlink.net so that it can be posted on the MFSO website, the MFSO Facebook page, and the MFSO newsletter.

We understand that you might be the only MFSO member in your community. That’s okay. Many MFSO members are doing very important work in coalition with other organizations in their communities. Our participation and our stories, our perspective is so important.

If you have participated in any action want to know about those events. Often, we can help you support these events. These could be on-going vigils, demonstrations, rallies, forums, film showings, lobbying efforts, letters to editors, your participation in campaign  etc. Your participation may even lead to finding new members for MFSO. Thanks so much for your work.

When you send information, please list:

  • Name of the event
  • Goals, demands, issues for the event
  • Date, time, location, including City or town
  • Co-sponsoring groups
  • Contact information, if available
  • Photos, if available

Zero Troops in Afghanistan, Keep the Pressure On!!

Zero Troops in Afghanistan-Keep the Pressure On  

This is an urgent appeal to all peace and justice organizations:

Please unite with Military Families Speak Out to stop the Bilateral Security Agreement from getting signed by Pres. Obama and the new president of Afghanistan. If signed, our troops could remain for another 10 years.

You can help by working with groups in your community to plan a special event (s) in the coming weeks that calls attention to SR 347* and the Zero Troops campaign** http://www.mfso.org Here are some ideas:

 

  • Teaneck NJ Peace Vigil
    Teaneck NJ Peace Vigil

    Hold rallies and/or Special Vigils ( see mfso.org for signs, dimensions, logos etc.)

  • Organize a special march or picket at a popular location- outside a shopping center, major traffic area or congressional office.
  • Rent a bill board, bus stop sign or ask to leave a sign or flyer at friendly business, office or post a flyer where yard signs are in your neighborhood
  • Do a Banner drop ( legal if held), hold a banner over a freeway over pass during rush hour
  • Project an image on a wall in a high traffic area about Zero Troops in Afghanistan. A simple sign such as “Enough! Zero Troops in Afghanistan! mfso.org” says it all
  • Host a postcard party. (Postcards are online at mfso.org and are pre- addressed to the White House) Download Postcard
  • Do a special demonstration by making “Zero Troops in Afghanistan” letter signs and do the wave in a high traffic area. Each person holds up one letter. This project can usually be added to any local vigil and most are very happy to have more people there
  • Plan a car procession with signs on cars and drive through a neighborhood or along a major boulevard.
  • Host a speaker to talk about why we need to stop the Bilateral Security Agreement from being signed.
  • Create a calling list of people who are willing to call your senator about supporting SR 347 in succession one right after the other or the White House on “We want zero troops in Afghanistan”. ( Armchair organizing works too!)*
  • Host a ZTA Party. Show a film such as The Ground Truth or Thomas Young’s powerful movie “Body of War”. Pass out postcards
  • Organize a ZTA work party to send Zeros or other symbols to the White House. Be creative
  • Get someone from your group to interview people on the street and ask them, “So how many troops do you think should be left in Afghanistan?” You should get an overwhelming amount of answers like “Zero” or, “What? I thought that was over” etc.” All good. Post on youtube.

Whatever you do, make sure and post it on our website at mfso.org, YouTube, blog about it/ or send a press release. Hold a press conference before your event, facebook and freeway blog your action.(See press release at mfso.org). Draft Press Release at http://www.mfso.org   To make this action spread nationwide, please call a friend in another state and ask if they will do an action on this week in solidarity.

Need help call/email MFSO at mfso@mfso.org 562-597-3980 or 562-833-8035

*SR237 http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-resolution/347

** Zero petition http://org.salsalabs.com/o/161/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15316