Letters to the Editor

CodePink honors veterans, and that’s why we’re protesting war

Clothe banners hang with names of soliders killed in Iraq at Mission Plaza during a war protest by San Luis Obispo CodePink in 2007.
Clothe banners hang with names of soliders killed in Iraq at Mission Plaza during a war protest by San Luis Obispo CodePink in 2007. The Tribune

As one of the co-founders of San Luis Obispo CodePink, I hope to educate Phyllis Stout on her dim knowledge of our organization and more importantly, her egregious untruths about Assembly candidate Dawn Ortiz-Legg (Letters, “Don’t give Dawn Ortiz-Legg your vote,” Aug. 9).

Yes, SLO CodePink did protest against the illegal occupation of Iraq, a stance most thoughtful people have now come to realize as proper. Working with Gold Star Families For Peace and Iraq Veterans Against The War, our hearts and voices were with our soldiers. We sent them care packages. On flags strung a mile long, we wrote the names of the brave and the lost. We carried those banners through the streets. We read their names aloud in sorrow and in tribute to their courage. We met with our representatives, begged them to stand with us, to bring our sons and daughters home. We were a group of teachers, nurses and mothers who understood the imperative of saying “yes” to peace and “no” to an irresponsible and ugly war.

Dawn is married to a veteran. She has always been at the forefront of responsible actions taken in the hope of encouraging lasting peace. Running for state Assembly and working tirelessly for green jobs are testaments to her commitment to a future based on honoring the dignity of all people to flourish on a healthy planet.

Dian Sousa, Los Osos

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