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UCSC Students Kick Military Recruiters Off Campus

On April 5, about 300 UC Santa Cruz students led by Students Against War (SAW) kicked Army, Navy and Marine Corps recruiters out of the annual Career Center Job Fair, marking yet another success for the nation-wide counter-military recruitment campaign. (Call to Action!)

Joined by Watsonville’s Brown Berets, SAW protesters gathered for a rally at the campus bookstore and occupied the streets in a traffic-stopping procession up to the Stevenson Event Center where the Job Fair was being held. Students were motivated by fiery speeches about the racist, sexist, classist and heterosexist biases of the military, all of which are in violation of the UC Santa Cruz’s non-discrimination policies.

As the march began, a small group of students infiltrated the Job Fair and surrounded recruiter’s tables, chanting and linking arms. This small group was soon joined by more students from the march who pushed their way through front and side doors, chanting, “Whose Campus? Our Campus!? as Job Fair administrations attempted to literally shove them out the door.

Ultimately, 100 students were able to surround recruiters’ tables while the remaining 200 marchers stayed outside the Event Center, blocking the entrances and chanting in support of those on the inside.

Audio: FRSC: Santa Cruz Kicks out the Marines!! | FSRN: Military Recruiters Forced From UCSC | RTB: UCSC Counter-recruitment Protest | Anti Military Recruitment PSA | Mumia Abu Jamal: Harder and Harder to Recruit

Photos: Military Recruiters Off Campus 1 | 2 | 3 | UCSC Kicks OUT Military

Reportback and Photos from the Inside: UCSC Students Kick Military Recruiters Off Campus


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