Stop Mayor From Giving Speech at Military Sexual Harassment Event


Target: The National Women Veterans Association of America

Goal: Remove San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is facing sexual harassment allegations, as the keynote speaker at military sexual harassment event

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is currently facing sexual harassment allegations. In fact, multiple women have claimed that Filner has sexually harassed them. Also, the mayor’s fiancee has ended their engagement, accusing Filner of “texting other women sexually explicit messages and setting up dates” while in her presence and within her line of vision. Many people, even former supporters, have called for his resignation.

Despite the scandal, Mayor Bob Filner has refused to resign, and ironically, will still be the keynote speaker at an upcoming event about combating sexual harassment in the military. The conference is hosted by the National Women Veterans Association of America. Even though the group has decided not to award Filner its “Lifetime of Leadership Award,” as previously planned, he still remains as the keynote speaker.

“Due to the recent events of allegations of sexual harassment, admission of inappropriate behavior by the Mayor and his personal cry for help, National Women Veterans Association of America has removed the mayor from being honored at the benefit gala to support the Military Sexual Assault Community,” the group said. But why is he still the keynote speaker on combating sexual abuse in the military? Sign the petition to urge the National Women Veterans Association of America to not allow Filner, who is being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, to give the keynote speech at its event.


Dear The National Women Veterans Association of America,

Your group recently posted on Facebook that you are no longer giving your “Lifetime of Leadership Award” to San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. You cited that the mayor’s recent allegations of sexual harassment against him and his own admission of inappropriate behavior led you to make this decision. But, why does Filner still remain as the keynote speaker at your military sexual harassment event?

Many women have responded to the announcement of Filner as the keynote speaker with discontent, anger, and hope that you will remove Filner from the event altogether. We agree with many that having Filner as the  keynote speaker will be a huge mistake. Please reevaluate this and remove him from the event.


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