City Prop A - Alcatraz Peace Center

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City Prop A - Alcatraz Peace Center

Postby Jeff_W on Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:47 pm

Prop C: Alcatraz Peace Center

What: This is a policy statement that will ask the city of San Francisco to purchase Alcatraz Island from the US Government, level the prison and build a World Peace Center in its place.

Pro:
- Will compliment the history of St. Francis and the peace movement here in SF, while making it into the “Geneva of the West”.
- Will allow us to move beyond the history of pain and suffering that occurred at Alcatraz by building a place of compassion and enlightenment.
- Will bring many visitors from around the world to SF, which will be good for the economy.
- Will educate people and bring more validity to the teachings of diplomacy and non-violent resolution.

Con:
- Will destroy an important historical landmark.
- Will require SF taxpayers to maintain Alcatraz.
- No clear way to afford this purchase or the $1 billion estimated that it will take to build the peace center.
- Since it is meant to be a place of “spiritual enlightenment” it may be violating the separation of church and state.

PAC Coordinators’ Recommendation: VOTE NO
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