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Tara Jones, President of the National Military Women Veterans Association of America

We request that you remove San Diego Mayor Bob Filner as the keynote speaker at the National Military Women Veterans Association of America’s benefit on August 30-31. On Thursday, July 11 alarming sexual harassment claims were surfaced and Filner publicly admitted that he had mistreated women in his office, saying he had "diminished the office" of mayor. Filner also said, “As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them.”

You had originally planned to present Filner with a lifetime leadership award for his advocacy work on behalf of female veterans, including the issue of sexual assault. When Donna Frye, former city councilwoman, and lawyers Cory Briggs and Marco Gonzalez broke the scandal and called for him to resign as mayor, you outstripped Filner from receiving the award. But, instead of disinviting the mayor from the August gala entirely, you instead announced that he will address the scandal in a keynote speech. 

When an individual - let alone a city mayor - has admitted to such unconscionable behavior, how can you give him the honor of being the lead speaker? Your organization issued a public statement saying that, "We do not tolerate sexual discrimination at any level within our society." But, your actions don't support this. You have repeatedly expressed the importance of creating awareness, but this is not the way to do it. 

Women veterans and all victims of sexual assault deserve better than this. The National Military Women Veterans Association of America is a worthy organization with a valuable cause. As such, we request that you not hurt your organization’s mission by tying into Filner’s filthy scandal. Out of respect for all of those Filner has assaulted, insulted, harassed, and demeaned, we beg that you not give this man a pulpit at your event. 

Please disinvite Mayor Filner from serving as your keynote speaker at your gala event on August 30-31!

Signed,

Jessica Dahl

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a National Women Veterans Association benefit for sexual assault victims in which he is expected to address his ongoing...
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a National Women Veterans Association benefit for sexual assault victims in which he is expected to address his ongoing sexual harassment scandal. The group had planned to present Filner with a lifetime achievement award at the benefit on August 30-31, but stripped him of the honor -- though not the speaking role -- once news of the scandal broke.

At a press conference in San Diego, sordid allegations were made about the harassment claims of anonymous women against Mayor Filner and another call was made for the Mayor to step down.  Donna Frye, former city councilwoman, and lawyers Cory Briggs and Marco Gonzalez called for the conference. The women in question are still anonymous, as they are not ready to come forward. 

The claims against the mayor are detailed and alarming. According to Gonzalez, in the Mayor's office, there was something known as the "Filner headlock." It was described this way: the Mayor puts his arm around a woman's shoulder, pulls her in tight, gets in close to her face, asks about husband/boyfriend, says things like "you know you love me, lets go up to my office, no one will know."

Frye described other specifics about one of the victims: "He grabbed her, kissed her, jamming his tongue down her throat."  Frye went on to describe another encounter: "The Mayor quickly had his hand down the inside of her bra." 

Join us by signing the petition requesting that Tara Jones, President of the National Military Women Veterans Association, remove Filner as the keynote speaker at their benefit on August 30-31.

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