[Hpn] JOE KLAAS TO SPEAK AGAINST CALIFORNIA'S THREE-STRIKES LAW

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FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE
July 10, 2001

JOE KLAAS TO SPEAK AGAINST CALIFORNIA'S THREE-STRIKES LAW
Santa Ana, California

For more information contact:
COALITION  AGAINST  VIOLENT  CRIME
Sam H. Clauder II, Political Director, 909-653-3500
Jim Benson, Executive Director, 714-635-0540

World War II hero, political activist, and author Joe Klaas will be the
guest speaker at the next public meeting of the Coalition Against
Violent Crime, on Friday, July 27, at 7:00 PM, in the Southwest Senior
Citizens Center, 2201 West McFadden Avenue at Center Street, in Santa
Ana.

Joe Klaas is the grandfather of Polly Klaas, whose death in 1993 at the
hands of a violent, heinous criminal incited the public to support Mike
Reynolds' three-strikes initiative.  Klaas, and his son Marc, Polly's
father, initially campaigned in support of California's three-strikes
laws.

However, a few months into the campaign, when the Klaas family realized
that the three- strikes laws would actually apply to any violation 
including traffic tickets and petty, victimless crimes  they switched
sides to oppose the initiative and led the campaign against it.

The public meeting will begin with a viewing of "The Legacy," an
award-winning 75-minute historical documentary, produced by film maker
Michael J. Moore, that poignantly examines the complete story of the
Klaas family's campaign for, and against, the three-strikes laws of
1993-94.

A reception and book-signing, featuring Joe Klaas, will be held before
the meeting at 6:00 PM.  Klaas has written and published nine books,
four of which are currently in print.

The 12 Steps to Happiness, now in its 18th printing, was the first book
to use the 12-Step program for self-improvement purposes other than
alcoholism recovery.

In Staying Clean, published anonymously, Klaas explains how to use the
12-Step program to recover from drug addiction.

Amelia Earhart Lives is a scholarly investigation into the case of the
famous flier which attempts to prove that she was shot down as a spy,
spent the rest of the war in a Japanese prison, and returned to New
Jersey under an alias to live for decades in anonymity.

Maybe I'm Dead is the personal account of a death march survived by
Klaas when he was a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany.  In January, 1945,
one hundred days before Hitler shot himself, the Germans ordered ten
thousand allied officers to march sixty miles in two nights, during
which 2,700 of the prisoners of war froze to death.

During World War II, as a member of the USAAF, Klaas flew Spitfires for
the Royal Air Force and participated in the invasion of North Africa
with the 31st Fighter Group.  Six months later, during the Tunisia
Campaign, he was shot down and spent 25 months in Nazi prison camps
during which he worked with the X-Committee to plan and execute The
Great Escape.  Klaas was decorated 23 times by the U.S. and Great
Britain, and retired from the USAF Reserve as a Lt. Colonel in 1970.

After the war, Klaas returned to the west coast and received a B.A. in
public relations and an M.A.  in creative writing from the University of
Washington.  As the station manager at KCKC in San Bernardino in 1957,
he pioneered top-40 rock radio and enjoyed a thirty-year career as a
radio station executive, broadcast journalist, AP correspondent,
newspaper reporter, and screenwriter.

Klaas currently serves on the Board of the Klaas Kids Foundation which
promotes child safety in the memory of his granddaughter, Polly Klaas.
He also serves on the Board of the Coalition Against Violent Crime, and
is a co-proponent of the initiative to amend California's three-strikes
law.

The Coalition Against Violent Crime is a coalition of organizations and
individuals dedicated to amending California's three-strikes law so that
it only applies to violent and serious crimes, instead of minor and
victimless crimes such as stealing a loaf of bread or a bottle of
shampoo.

A Press Conference will convene at 5:00 PM at the same location, during
which Joe Klaas and Citizens Against Violent Crime will announce their
plans to qualify an initiative for the November, 2002, ballot, to amend
California's three-strikes law so it only applies to violent felonies.

Klaas will also be available a few days in advance of the meeting date
for exclusive interviews and media appearances.  For more information
contact the CAVC Political Director, Sam H. Clauder II, at 909-653-3500,
or the CAVC Executive Director, James R. Benson, at 714-635-0540.

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<b><u><font color="#3366FF">FOR&nbsp; IMMEDIATE&nbsp; RELEASE</font></u></b>
<br>July 10, 2001
<p><b><font color="#FF0000">JOE KLAAS TO SPEAK AGAINST CALIFORNIA'S THREE-STRIKES
LAW</font></b>
<br>Santa Ana, California
<p><u><font color="#00CC00">For more information contact:</font></u>
<br>COALITION&nbsp; AGAINST&nbsp; VIOLENT&nbsp; CRIME
<br>Sam H. Clauder II, Political Director, 909-653-3500
<br>Jim Benson, Executive Director, 714-635-0540
<p>World War II hero, political activist, and author Joe Klaas will be
the guest speaker at the next public meeting of the Coalition Against Violent
Crime, on <font color="#FF0000">Friday, July 27, at 7:00 PM</font>, in
the <font color="#00CC00">Southwest Senior Citizens Center, 2201 West McFadden
Avenue at Center Street, in Santa Ana</font>.
<p>Joe Klaas is the grandfather of Polly Klaas, whose death in 1993 at
the hands of a violent, heinous criminal incited the public to support
Mike Reynolds' three-strikes initiative.&nbsp; Klaas, and his son Marc,
Polly's father, initially campaigned in support of California's three-strikes
laws.
<p>However, a few months into the campaign, when the Klaas family realized
that the three- strikes laws would actually apply to any violation  including
traffic tickets and petty, victimless crimes  they switched sides to oppose
the initiative and led the campaign against it.
<p>The public meeting will begin with a viewing of "<font color="#CC33CC">The
Legacy</font>," an award-winning 75-minute historical documentary, produced
by film maker Michael J. Moore, that poignantly examines the complete story
of the Klaas family's campaign for, and against, the three-strikes laws
of 1993-94.
<p>A <font color="#FF0000">reception and book-signing</font>, featuring
Joe Klaas, will be held <font color="#FF0000">before the meeting at 6:00
PM</font>.&nbsp; Klaas has written and published nine books, four of which
are currently in print.
<p><i><u><font color="#CC6600">The 12 Steps to Happiness</font></u></i>,
now in its 18th printing, was the first book to use the 12-Step program
for self-improvement purposes other than alcoholism recovery.
<p>In <i><u><font color="#CC6600">Staying Clean</font></u></i>, published
anonymously, Klaas explains how to use the 12-Step program to recover from
drug addiction.
<p><i><u><font color="#CC6600">Amelia Earhart Lives</font></u></i> is a
scholarly investigation into the case of the famous flier which attempts
to prove that she was shot down as a spy, spent the rest of the war in
a Japanese prison, and returned to New Jersey under an alias to live for
decades in anonymity.
<p><i><u><font color="#CC6600">Maybe I'm Dead</font></u></i> is the personal
account of a death march survived by Klaas when he was a prisoner of war
in Nazi Germany.&nbsp; In January, 1945, one hundred days before Hitler
shot himself, the Germans ordered ten thousand allied officers to march
sixty miles in two nights, during which 2,700 of the prisoners of war froze
to death.
<p>During World War II, as a member of the USAAF, Klaas flew Spitfires
for the Royal Air Force and participated in the invasion of North Africa
with the 31st Fighter Group.&nbsp; Six months later, during the Tunisia
Campaign, he was shot down and spent 25 months in Nazi prison camps during
which he worked with the X-Committee to plan and execute The Great Escape.&nbsp;
Klaas was decorated 23 times by the U.S. and Great Britain, and retired
from the USAF Reserve as a Lt. Colonel in 1970.
<p>After the war, Klaas returned to the west coast and received a B.A.
in public relations and an M.A.&nbsp; in creative writing from the University
of Washington.&nbsp; As the station manager at KCKC in San Bernardino in
1957, he pioneered top-40 rock radio and enjoyed a thirty-year career as
a radio station executive, broadcast journalist, AP correspondent, newspaper
reporter, and screenwriter.
<p>Klaas currently serves on the Board of the Klaas Kids Foundation which
promotes child safety in the memory of his granddaughter, Polly Klaas.&nbsp;
He also serves on the Board of the Coalition Against Violent Crime, and
is a co-proponent of the initiative to amend California's three-strikes
law.
<p>The Coalition Against Violent Crime is a coalition of organizations
and individuals dedicated to amending California's three-strikes law so
that it only applies to violent and serious crimes, instead of minor and
victimless crimes such as stealing a loaf of bread or a bottle of shampoo.
<p><font color="#FF0000">A Press Conference will convene at 5:00 PM at
the same location</font>, during which Joe Klaas and Citizens Against Violent
Crime will announce their plans to qualify an initiative for the November,
2002, ballot, to amend California's three-strikes law so it only applies
to violent felonies.
<p>Klaas will also be available a few days in advance of the meeting date
for exclusive interviews and media appearances.&nbsp; For more information
contact the CAVC Political Director, Sam H. Clauder II, at 909-653-3500,
or the CAVC Executive Director, James R. Benson, at 714-635-0540.</html>

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