my site is not anything new -- merely a clearinghouse and resource base for existing advocacy groups to be accessed by those surfing the net for assistance and information regarding key military issues.
Thus, the Petition was written as an "umbrella" type of vehichle to get to the core of UCMJ, investigations, accountability and oversight issues for which we need immediate hearings, drawing ALL of Congress into the dialogue. To divide these "issues" among ASC, VA, Judiciary or individual committees lessens,diminshes and separates the core problems. If everyone can jump in together; get this Petition and Letter to Congress linked to their sites; garner as many signatures as possible during this Holiday recess; and individually prepare our information, policy packages and issues for Congressional Hearings as proposed in the Petition, I think we finally have a chance of making Congress see, as they did while we were in DC, that there is SOMETHING VERY WRONG in our Military -- much of which is directly linked to lack of accountability and civilian oversight.
Senator Saxby Chambliss (Chairman,SASC Subcommittee on Personnel) said
last week, there is indeed something very wrong with our military, but
he is concerned that the problems are "too big" to address.
I countered that one eats an elephant 'one bite at a time', and that if
they will merely call for hearings, there will be advocacy groups lined
up to Baltimore, ready to offer insights and solutions. This request hasn't
been to achieve an enormous bitching-fest: hearings would recognize and
identify sytemic problems with common core roots; identify areas of reform;
and then to work together to ensure that offered solutions are not merely
left at policy or
So I urge you to sign, post and circulate the Petition. Any questions, please email me.
Jack Shannon, a member of MAMMA, forwarded your request to have a 'link' to your petition posted. MAMMA has a 'Support' page at: http://www.geocities.com/gold_star_mother/mammasupports.html (take a peek). If such a position is acceptable, let me know and I'd be happy to 'honor' your request. Feel free to 'tour' the site...and let me know if a 'link' elsewhere would be better.
As for your "... secondary goal is to become an umbrella lobbying mechanism for various military advocacy groups, agencies and individuals to work together on common issues and goals, such as civilian oversight and repealing Feres.", you are urged to contact Barb Cragnotti, the VERPA Legislative Coordinator, at: firstname.lastname@example.org and compare notes. It's always a shameful waste of time and talent to have people with similar 'goals' run parallel courses and NOT connect. The 'wheel' doesn't need to be reinvented. <grin>
If you have any questions or would be willing to 'promote' the 'Accountability' issue, please, feel free to contact me. I can be reached by e-mail at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at: (218) 233-6695 or by fax at: (218)233-5114. I'll look forward to hearing from you.
God Bless America and her Defenders! Jan Beimdiek, Directing CEO of MAMMA (M+others Aligned for Military & > Murder Accountability) http://www.geocities.com/gold_star_mother/publicalerts
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