May 21, 2010
Santa Barbara, California

On SBCC’s graduation day, the monthly mock cemetery of U.S. Military Teen casualties was set up and ran from 10am-3pm on the West Campus lawn overlooking Ledbetter Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Many students, including international students from Norway & Sweden paused on this busy day to place a placard of the color photo & information of teen casualties (18 & 19) year olds from the Afghanistan & Iraq conflicts. To date there are 346 such casualties.

The cost of war, immediate troop withdrawal, anti-depleted uranium use, & student military recruitment refusal information was also shared.

The sponsors, the Santa Barbara Veterans for Peace, Chapter 54, are proud to announce that The Fund For Santa Barbara has awarded us a General Fund Grant of $7,500 for the SBCC Teen Memorial: Peace is Inevitable project for funding year, June, 2010 – July, 2011. The Fund For Santa Barbara is celebrating Thirty years of “Change, Not Charity” and is the outstanding progressive funding source in Santa Barbara County.

This funding will allow us to continue and expand our VFP Tabling @ SBCC on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuedays of every month and the “Teen” memorial every 3rd Friday of each month @ SBCC in conjunction with the National War Moratorium. New features to our project will be: 1) An Emergency Revolving Loan Fund for SBCC Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans; 2) Free Cell Phone Bank & Congress phone numbers so that SBCC students & others can advocate for Federal Peace & Justice Legislation; 3) Free current Peace & Justice information, stickers, peace necklaces, newsletters, magazines, books, & DVD’s in English & Spanish if available, for a donation.