November 18, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – Citizens Oversight, an East County-based watchdog group, led a successful effort to convince Southwestern College to terminate its agreement with Xe (formerly known as Blackwater) for training of local law enforcement students. Now Citizens Oversight invites the public to join a “Stop Blackwater!” victory celebration on November 20th .
The party will be held at Caffe Tazza, 374 E. H St., Suite 1705 in Chula Vista 91910, down the street from Southwsetern College. Volunteers, students, faculty, activists, elected officials and candidates are invited to attend.
In addition, Citizens Oversights welcomes those interested to attend tonight’s Southwestern College Board Meeting to extend thanks for the Board’s change of heart. The board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 900 Otay Lakes Road in Room 214.
Blackwater, a private military contractor, drew global criticism over its actions in Iraq including the Nisour Massacre and actions which triggered the siege of Fallujah. In East County, the company sparked controversy over plans to build a private military training camp in Potrero. Blackwater later withdrew those plans amid massive public outcry, officially stating that its change of plans was due to inability to meet County noise requirements.
For more information on the Southwestern College decision to cancel its agreement with Xe, see http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/2086.
For details on both events, visit www.citizensoversight.org.