The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 BlogviewMichelle Malkin Archive
Save JROTC in San Francisco
Counterinsurgency in the Bay Area public schools.
🔊 Listen RSS
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • BShow CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
AgreeDisagreeThanksLOLTroll
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Thanks, LOL, or Troll with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

I’ve been following the battle over the JROTC program in the San Francisco public schools for the last year and a half. When last we visited the fight in December, the program had been given a temporary reprieve–much to the consternation of the anti-war zealots who oppose the hundreds and hundreds of students (many of them minorities) who participate as cadets and have benefited immeasurably from JROTC.

Now, there’s a new petition drive to show support for saving the program. Families of JROTC students gathered signatures this weekend to put a measure on the ballot in November:

The proposed ballot measure would be advisory only, meaning it couldn’t save the district’s JROTC program, but it would show school board members how the majority of San Franciscans feel about the program, said Mike Bernick, the campaign’s co-chair.

Bernick, an attorney and former director of California’s labor department, said the effort “reflects really the outpouring of support we’ve found among San Franciscans across the political spectrum.”

The group will kick off the petition drive at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Taraval Police Station community room. To qualify for the ballot, the group must submit about 7,200 signatures by July 7, Bernick said. The group has collected about 1,000 signatures already.

Four school board seats are up for election in November, including the seats of Eric Mar and Mark Sanchez, who oppose the JROTC program and are running for the county Board of Supervisors.

Jill Wynns and Norman Yee, who voted against eliminating the program two years ago, are expected to run for re-election.

About 1,200 students are enrolled in the JROTC program this year, down from about 1,600 in 2006, said Robert Powell, a JROTC instructor at Lincoln High School.

“It’s not that kids are losing interest,” Powell said. “It’s because they don’t know whether it’s going to be around or not.”

Reader Matt e-mailed me a few photos of students taking their case to the streets at Lakeshore Shopping Center in the Bay Area. Good for them. If you’re in SF, make sure you sign!

jrotcsf.jpg

jrotcsf2.jpg

***

Previous:

JROTC in San Francisco rescued

San Francisco educators put JROTC reprieve on ice

Intolerant San Francisco & JROTC

San Francisco kills JROTC program

Waging war on JROTC

They don’t support our troops

An attack on the ROTC

More recruiters under attack

I am not afraid of you

The moonbats strike back

Seditious Santa Cruz vs. America

UC Santa Cruz hates our troops

The moonbats lose

SCOTUS Watch: Rumsfeld vs. FAIR

The campus war on military recruiters

Military recruiters under fire

(Republished from MichelleMalkin.com by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Berkeley, They don't support the troops