San Diego School Board to Apologize to Pete Seeger

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San Diego – Just shy of a half-century later, the San Diego Unified school board is apologizing to Pete Seeger for insisting he sign a loyalty oath before performing at a San Diego high school auditorium in 1960. At the time, ACLU of San Diego attorneys successfully represented Seeger in challenging the requirement. Today, the ACLU is still fighting loyalty oaths in California. A bill before the legislature SB 115 (Lowenthal), would allow people with religious or moral objections to forego swearing the state-mandated loyalty oath required for public employment.

At the San Diego Unified school board meeting tonight, Tuesday, February 10, 2009, board member Katharine Nakamura will introduce a resolution offering an apology to “one of our dearest national treasures,” declaring that the board “deeply regrets its predecessors’ actions.”

In a http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_0101-0150/sb_115_bill_20090129_introduced.pdf

San Diego Union-Tribune article, 2/10/09

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/feb/10/1n10seeger224528-school-board-say-sorry-folk-icon-/?zIndex=50676

Pete Seeger Statement on School Board’s Apology

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