Wikileaks, military families and the importance of voting rights


As Wikileaks' Iraq war logs continue to reveal the disturbing reality of Bush's illegal war, and its founder, Julian Assange, continues to be demonized for leaking this information, military families are left wondering if their loved ones were endangered by the actions of rogue military contractors, if Iraqis were tortured by other Iraqis because of the failure of the Bush administration to crack down on this abuse—and whether the same thing is happening in Afghanistan.

Either way, the situation illustrates the importance of voting for ethical leadership, and San Francisco School Board candidate Margaret Brodkin is encouraging all overseas voters and their families, including those in the military, to submit their ballots for the November 2, 2010.

“The Department of Elections has issued 6060 ballots to San Francisco voters overseas,” Brodkin noted in a recent press release. “This population, which includes many military families, has received little to no attention in this election cycle. School Board Candidate Margaret Brodkin cares about families here, and throughout the world. We encourage input from families and parents living and working overseas, and want to know what types of changes you would like to see on the San Francisco Board of Education.”

As Brodkin notes, overseas voters can get more information on their voting rights at the California Secretary of State's military and overseas voter information website. So, check it out, and use that vote wisely.


and Wikileaks together is beyond me.

If the school board really wanted to "support military families" it would have not voted to end ROTC in the SFUSD - a program which was disproportionally enrolled with minorities. Supporting "military families" does not include cutting off one of the few guaranteed sources of funding for higher education they have available to them in order to serve the interests of extremists on the board.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Oct. 25, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

As the mother of a US soldier,  I see plenty of connections between voting in general and everything else: For instance, If we hadn't voted in congressional representatives who voted to let Bush be the "decider" on  the Iraq invasion, then I wouldn't have spent all those sleepless nights worrying about what was happening to my son, other soldiers and Iraqi civilians on the ground in Iraq.

The fact that Brodkin, who is running for School Board, raises the issue of the importance of overseas and military votes, is not necessarily connected to SChool Board politics, though it could be. For instance, you can't assume how all overseas and military voters would weigh in on ROTC. But either way, these folks have the vote and they should be encouraged to use it.


Posted by sarah on Oct. 25, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

>>>Bush's illegal war<<<..........That's what the devoutly partisan Democrats like to call it who seem to lack any ability to be objective. The partisan Democrats like to ignore that their party owns any responsibility for it from the initial attack to the subsequent funding. The fact is that both parties were and are responsible for it, not just Bush and not just the Republicans. And now Obama continues to be responsible for it because this is continuing under him.

Posted by Guest Bárbara Chelsai on Oct. 25, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

Sam is correct. Democrats kept funding the war(s) after they promised "change" in 2006, 2008 and 2010 - which is partly why they're going to lose badly this time. They, and the President, didn't keep their promises.

Nonetheless I don't see what that has to do with a local school board election in San Francisco. ROTC should be an option for those kids that choose it and the fact the school board decided it knew better than their parents further illustrates how out-of-touch they are with parents AND their children.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Oct. 25, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

The connection between the School Board race and the military and overseas voters is simple: School Board candidate Margaret Brodkin is the only local candidate to draw attention to these voters and their importance in this election. It just so happened she drew attention to them on the same weekend that the Wikileaks story intensified. And it just so happens that I have a connection to the military and overseas voters, hence the interweavings...

Posted by sarah on Oct. 25, 2010 @ 5:16 pm