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Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

On Tuesday, April 5th, recruiters from the U.S. military will be at the Last Chance Job & Internship Fair at UCSC. However, the tradition of resistance continues - please join us for a march against discrimination and the war machine.
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KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OUT OF UCSC!

On Tuesday, April 5th, recruiters from the U.S. Army,U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy will be at the Last Chance Job & Internship Fair, organized by OUR Career Center. Join us and tell the Career Center to STOP inviting discriminatory employers to UC Santa Cruz!

COUNTER-RECRUITMENT MARCH
Tuesday April 5, 11:30am
Starts at BAYTREE PLAZA (below Career Center)
Ends outside the job fair at Stevenson Event Center
Have fun and bring 5 friends.

WHY MILITARY RECRUITERS SHOULD BE BANNED FROM UCSC:
-Institutional Discrimination Against Queers in the Military through their 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy!
-Sexual Harassment in the Military!
-Racism in the Military and in its Recruiting
Practices!
-They lie! Most Enlistees Don't Get the $$$ for
College, Job Training, or Travelling that is Promised!
-Destruction of the Environment by the Military!
-$$$ for Education, Not Incarceration or the Military!
-And this thing called WAR!

!!JOIN US 11:30am TUE, APRIL 5th @ BAYTREE PLAZA!!

--------For more information--------
UCSC Students Against War's
Counter-Recruitment Working Group
counterrecruitment (at) yahoo.com
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SAW Regular Meetings Fridays 5-7pm
Baytree Conference Rm. C
 
 


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Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

please put on center page. lets get em!!!
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

A Call out for any protestors to call into Free Radio Santa Cruz with reports on demonstration I will be in studio tuesday all day studio line is
831 427-3772 please call!!! Bob
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Why can't you all just not talk to the recruiters? Why badger them and go through all of the trouble? It just makes you look as bad as them.... And why not also protest any other corporations that have problems with sexism or racism or other unfair policies? This is rather diappointing, as it makes you all look just as narrowminded as the war-mongers in the office now.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

ryan: because the point of this action is to prevent the military from reaching any more people through its recruiting practices. other than that, i find your points not very well thought out and illogical.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

also reject the "patriot act" minimum age of military service and FULL adulthood should be the same. if they have the responsabilty to die for their country, theyshould be able to vote, drink, etc. just like the adults who enjoy the protection.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

best of luck from mn! keep fighting the good fight!
 

US out of the Planet

Campus Antiwar Network at NYU kicks CIA off campus!
nyc.indymedia.org/feature/display/147114/index.php

UC Berkeley Student Senate Bars Military Recruiters
www.indybay.org/archives/archive_by_id.php

Activists around the country step up counter-recruitment campaigns
indymedia.us/en/2005/03/5594.shtml

CounterRecruiter.net aims to chronicle the growing counter military recruiting movement across the country. It is a project of The Indypendent, the newspaper of the New York City Independent Media Center.
www.counterrecruiter.net

Indymedia.us
www.indymedia.us
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Solidarity from PA! Kick em out!
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

The Recruiter were succesfully ejected. The Amry, Marines, and Navy left after about an hour of the students occupying the career fair. Good job to all involved! Video post to follow...
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

We Kicked the military off of our campus, we did it! No arrests. This is only the begining, we must keep the struggle alive!
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Why don't you let people think and choose for themselves, rather than trying to do it for them?

If someone joins the military without knowing the full facts, it's their fault - this is not a small decision in ones life, and if you do it blithely, I have no sympathy.

I would understand setting up your own "booth" that would publicise your views, but actively preventing the recuiters seems fairly hypocritical amongst a group that I would hope preaches free speech, and for that right not to be inhibited.
 

we did it!

The military is unique to other sexist/racist institutions in that it's anti-Queer policies are directly in violation of UC and UCSC policies on discrimination. They have no place in the job fair.

FYI: Today, the Army, Marines, Navy were kicked off UCSC by more than 200 militant students. In addition, the Dept. of Corrections immediately left once they saw the march go straight into the career center.

MORE SOON - REPORT BEING FORMULATED!
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

the march into the job fair, rather.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Part of the point is that the campus already has a clear policy of not allowing employers at the job fair if those employers openly discriminate on the basis of race/sex/gender/preference/ability/etc.

Since the military DOES openly discriminate, then they should be treated like any other potential employer and not be allowed to recruit on campus.

Certainly there are more issues, and other employers whose practices are offensive and/or harmful in various ways, but the military is the most egregious violator of this campus rule.
 

Be the Media!

great to hear the good word from today's action. as soon as people have some coverage together, please feel free to publish a new article to the newswire. it makes it easier for people to find the coverage and it makes it easier for editorial volunteers to compile a feature article. make media, make trouble!
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

(1) You don't think sexual harassment exists anywhere outside of the military? you're blind.
(2) You don't think racism exists outside of the military? you're blind-ER, and doubly stupid.
(3) The President makes the decision to go to war. It's not an individual decision within each squad.
(4) The Patriot Act was passed by Congress, its bill signed by the President. Again, take it up with the President.
(5) If you don't want to join the military, DON'T. There's a reason it's a volunteer military -- because you don't HAVE to join. Get your heads out of your asses, get over yourselves, and in light of my abridged 95 Theses, revise your arguments.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Of course sexual harassment and racism happens elsewhere-- it's just that the military tolerates it and encourages it a lot more. Take a look at their official procedures for investigating rapes for example-- they're phenomenally biased against the accuser.
 

Re: to n5667

"Why don't you let people think and choose for themselves, rather than trying to do it for them?-If someone joins the military without knowing the full facts, it's their fault..."-n5667

Sure, I agree that people should make their own decisions. But you should take into account how many people will be affected by this decision. If we prevent people from joining the military the war machine will run out of meat.

If someone joins the military the war can continue and more people will die.- it's that simple, I am not opposed to people making unimformed decisions.

But when those decisions take money away from education, health and social services and on top of that harm thousands in Iraq or Afghanistan I will do what I can to stop such decisions. Excuse me if I care.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

A table should be set up near by the military recruters run by veterans of foreign wars. They can tell the young people and warn them about how horrible war is since they were there. Also, they can explain how the US govt is NOT supporting the troops by cutting veterans benefits.

I think they would be listened to. Does anyone know if the SC Chapter of Veterans for Peace has any ideas about this strategy?
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

"Why don't you let people think and choose for themselves, rather than trying to do it for them?-If someone joins the military without knowing the full facts, it's their fault..."-n5667

People have no right to join the US military today. It is a criminal enterprise that has not fought an honest and justified battle since WWII. It continues to this day to lay out civilian casualities by the hundred thousand, while serving as the hired muscle of the heads of the largest organized crime gang in the western hemipshere: Washington D.C.

I would rather suffer the humiliation of working at Hot Dog on a Stick at the shopping mall and know that I am making an honest living, than work as an amoral professional killer in the US military.

My grandfather served and died in WW II, and I am proud of his sacrifice. But soldiers today kill for sport and for a paycheck in blind service to power-drunk masters. Soldiers today are scum, who wouldn't deserve to serve under my grandfather anyway. Anyone who joins the US military today, is agreeing to kill innocent people for no good god damn reason.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

*Tough Love*

"Soldiers today are scum, who wouldn't deserve to serve under my grandfather anyway. Anyone who joins the US military today, is agreeing to kill innocent people for no good god damn reason."

How many soldiers do you know? I think you've been watching to much Michael Moore, such blanket statements coated in ignorance really aren't stirring arguments.

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"Sure, I agree that people should make their own decisions. But you should take into account how many people will be affected by this decision. If we prevent people from joining the military the war machine will run out of meat."

But what right do you have in denying people the choice? We live in a democracy where people think differently, some people think we are achieving peace and freedom by waging war in Iraq.

What if you were forcibly denied to voice your opinion by a large group, just because it's in the minority, is that something you'd enjoy?

A proper response in a civilized society is to let your voice be heard, and make your point with reason and fact, not with a mob.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

My word, the censors on this website are blindingly fast.

If the indivual(s) who delete my posts would care to give me a reason why they don't tolerate differeing opinions, I'd love to hear it.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Woah! my bad, I'm an ass - feel free to censor the above comment!
 

Shut It Down

Oh, yeah. I forgot.

This was the Last Chance, wasn't it?

I suppose all those desparate college seniors who were hoping to find degrading, low-paying, life-threatening jobs will just have to be unemplyed and homeless, instead. Because this was the "Last Chance" job fair, so I'm sure that the can't-make-our-quotas-anymore armed forces would turn them down if they tried to sign up next week.

Really, give me a fucking break! No one was "prevented" from making their choice.

==

"Anyone fucking stupid enough to want to be in the military should be allowed to join"

-- Bill Hicks
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

For sport and a paycheck? How many soldiers do you actually know in either conflict? How can you claim to know their minds or their motivations? Because you read it in Adbusters? You are just another wanna-be (yes I used wanna-be) academic who takes whatever some professor tells you and spews it out as though it is the truth. You are the equal and opposite of Fox News.

And I don't care if you would rather sell hot dogs, others would not. Do you think that your opinions should be allowed to stop them from doing not only something they want to do, but something that is Constitutionally protected?

Side note, since the entire military is completely useless, I hope that when we disband this horrid bunch of war-mongers as you them to be, your house is the first to be bombed, sacked or trampled. Maybe then you can talk all of the other aggressors and militaries in the world into stopping because killing is just not ok. Your naivete is really your weakness, and completely demolishes your credibilty.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

n5667

"But what right do you have in denying people the choice?"

We deny people choices all the time in America. Rape is a choice. Murder and burglary are choices too. Kidnapping and torture are also choices.

We call these choices "crimes", and we try to prevent them.

"A proper response in a civilized society is to let your voice be heard, and make your point with reason and fact, not with a mob."

You should have told W and your friends that, before you decided to send your Viking raiding parties into Iraq to murder civilians, steal oil, and circulate more American tax dollars out of public coffers and into the private accounts of soldiers and the military-industrial complex.

How about those Weapons Of Mass Destruction? We always knew it was a bullshit excuse. The only chemical weapons Saddam ever used, were SUPPLIED BY RUMSFELD AND THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION, and used against Kurds who were BACKED BY IRAN in their attempt to START CIVIL WAR AND SECEED WITH OIL-RICH KIRKUK.

Please try to keep up with the rest of the class.

When people consider civilized choices, such as what grocery store to shop at, church to join, movie to see, or political party for which to register, then civilized dialog is appropriate.

But when murderers and thieves are trying to recruit more murderers and thieves on tax-funded publically-owned university property, civilized remedy is foregone. At that point, civilized discourse, like diplomacy, "is the art of saying 'nice doggy' until you find a big enough stick".
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

What's this crap about denying voice?

Would you also argue that the KKK has the right to recruit on UCSC's campus because some students might be interested in joining?

The important point here, that should not be lost is that the U.S. Military is EXPLICITLY, OFFICIALLY and UNDENIABLY a discriminatory institution based on their 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

The UC system has a non-discrimination policy which includes sexual-orientation. By inviting the U.S. Military to the campus, the Career Center is in direct violation of those policies.

At the current moment, we are unable to ban military recruiters from universities because the U.S. government DENIES them their free speech to ban military recruiters under the Solomon Amendments - which links federal $$$ to allowing recruiters and ROTC programs.

However, UC and UCSC can do everything in its power to prevent discrimination. They can take more agressive measures. Since the current UC and UCSC is unwilling to do so, it has become the responsibility of students to do what no one else will - administer UC's non-discrimination policy by kicking the U.S. Military off at every visit.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

"But when murderers and thieves are trying to recruit more murderers and thieves on tax-funded publically-owned university property, civilized remedy is foregone. At that point, civilized discourse, like diplomacy, "is the art of saying 'nice doggy' until you find a big enough stick". "

Murderers and thieves? You don't possess a shred of the courage, discipline and honor that the men and women of the armed forces have. While you are banging your plastic drums and performing colorful street theatre in the safety of Santa Cruz, they are putting their lives on the line to help create a free and democratic Iraq. It must really gall you to watch the progress made as Iraq freely chooses a Kurd President, a Shia vice-president and a Sunni Prime Minister.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

War, disease and crime are all evil. Soldiers, doctors and police keep them from our door. Violent children who have never encountered fear, hunger or true injustice can temper tantrum all they wish, but in the end, soldiers, doctors and police are as essential to society as any other professions.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Nice! That's all I have to say.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

"But what right do you have in denying people the choice?"

We deny people choices all the time in America. Rape is a choice. Murder and burglary are choices too. Kidnapping and torture are also choices.

That's a red herring of an argument if ever I heard one. But that would also mean you'd have no problem with me organizing a group to make anti-war protesting illegal.

"You should have told W and your friends that, before you decided to send your Viking raiding parties into Iraq to murder civilians, steal oil, and circulate more American tax dollars out of public coffers and into the private accounts of soldiers and the military-industrial complex."

You seem to be assigning me characteristics to me that don't exist, another example of your disengenious method of argument.

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"ould you also argue that the KKK has the right to recruit on UCSC's campus because some students might be interested in joining?"

Yes, I would, I believe in the old fashioned form of freedom of speech where EVERYONE had that right, not just those we deem acceptable.

It's rather suspicious that one would suggest they are a proponent of freedom when they actively try to deny it to anyone who isn't like them.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Recruiters are in all the high schools EVERY DAY! We must ALL protest this!
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Centurion
"War, disease and crime are all evil. Soldiers, doctors and police keep them from our door."

What fantasy world do you live in?

Soldiers are inviting war to our door, by unjustly bringing war to the doors of others. Saddam WAS NOT A THREAT TO THE USA. Show me the WMDs! You couldn't find any, and everyone knows now that the "intelligence" was cooked - there never were any WMDs.

9/11 WAS BLOWBACK! RETALLIATION! PAYBACK FOR THE CRIMES OF AMERICA'S SOLDIERS! And the next attack we suffer will be more of the same. The hijackers were mostly Saudis anyway, so don't even give me that tired old shit about "terrorists".

The US military has become a liability to US security.

Likewise, police COMMIT as much crime as they prevent! Your war on drugs is a war on small business capitalism, on homegrown medicine, and on personal liberty. It is only one in a nearly endless list of crimes commited under color of law every day.

Doctors are the only good, innocent people in your list. The rest are scum, hoping that innocence can rub off on them.

We do need honest, good soldiers who defend the nation. We DONT need evil, murderous, self-righteous crusaders touring the globe, attacking and invading and robbing weaker soveriegn nations on flimsy excuses.

Sure, they killed Saddam. That's great - how much has it cost Iraq? 100,000 civilian lives lost? Cities destroyed? Infrastructure destroyed? National treasures destroyed? National assets stolen and sold to pay for your "security costs"?

How many children died while you lay seige (politely called "sanctions") to Iraq
for 10 years after Gulf War I? Nearly a million!

How much industry was destroyed? How much sewage and polluted water flowed because you strangled them instead of even letting them rebuild what you had destroyed the first time?

How much has it cost us, in dollars and lives, this military adventure of yours? How much will it cost us, as Iraq's children and friends retalliate against America for all this?

Likewise, we also need honest, good cops. Cops who know when to mind their own business. Cops who protect and serve, rather than rob and harrass and kidnap. Cops who uphold the Constitution, instead of trampling it on a daily basis.

Cops who work for the public, not for the insurance companies and the drug companies and the cotton and nylon industry and collective Christianity and the welfare state with one hand always out and reaching for our pockets.

America has decent doctors, but lousy cops and soldiers. So lousy, that it prevents the recruitment of good, honest cops and soldiers anymore.

The entire police force nationwide, and the entire military, are sick with the cancer of blind loyalty to money and power with no respect for the public's authority. No respect for the US Constitution, and the HUMAN RIGHTS which it enumerates (right to be respected for all people, not just those born inside America's barbed wire fence.)

The dog is rabid, and needs to be put down for everyone's safety. And then we can get a new dog, one with hopefully a better attitude. I think we've learned our lesson.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

"Sure, they killed Saddam."

Saddam Hussein isn't dead, he's awaiting trial by an Iraqi court that is governed by an Iraqi Government that was elected in the first free Iraqi election in over 50 years.

This Jerry Falwell of the left can't even tell the truth.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

To all you war mongers:

You defend US military recruitment as freedom of speech.

You lie. Would you equally defend the rights of a recruitment table for Hammas, the PLO, or Hizb Allah? No.

You defend US military enrollment as people fighting for a cause in which they believe.

You lie. Would you defend someone's right to fight for their cause, if they did so by sending money to groups in Iran and Syria that are providing support to anti-US fighters in Iraq? Never.

You accuse your opposition of selectively denying rights based on partisanship, yet you do the same.

Cut the crap.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

i

"Murderers and thieves? You don't possess a shred of the courage, discipline and honor that the men and women of the armed forces have."

Courage? Burglars are courageous too. I'm sure it takes guts to break into someone's home. Doesn't redeem the burglar though.

Discipline? Have you been reading the news? Wanton prisoner abuse, gratuitous trigger-happy shooting rampages, young punks in Bradleys talking about what a rush it is to crank up some metal tunes and go smashing civilian cars. "I'd get arrested back home for doing this!" was the quote.

Honor? Honorable men would refuse criminal orders. Honorable men would accept responsibility for their own actions, instead of claiming they were "just following orders". Honorable men wouldn't kill women and children, bomb TV stations and weddings, openly murder hostile journalists, or engage in crude humiliation of enemy captives.

I see no honor in America's soldiers. I see petty thugs, bullies, and sociopaths who would be arrested for smacking around women, getting into drunken bar brawls, and stealing cars or sticking up the corner liquor store, if they had stayed home.

Perhaps I should be grateful. If it weren't for the military, these predator scum would still be here in the states. At least over in Iraq, a thousand of these maniacs have now been killed. Iraqi civilians don't just bend over and take it like American civilians do.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

"If it weren't for the military, these predator scum would still be here in the states. At least over in Iraq, a thousand of these maniacs have now been killed. Iraqi civilians don't just bend over and take it like American civilians do."

Thanks. Classy. I bet your mother is so proud of you.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

>I bet your mother is so proud of you.

Yeah, I bet she is. I would be if TL was my child.

Rock On!


>Honor? Honorable men would refuse criminal orders.
>Honorable men would accept responsibility for their
>own actions, instead of claiming they were "just following
>orders". Honorable men wouldn't kill women and children,
>bomb TV stations and weddings, openly murder hostile
>journalists, or engage in crude humiliation of enemy captives.
 

a tired refrain

Support the troops? What kind of logic is that - you're saying we should support the criminal even if we condemn the crime?

I'm sure many soldiers do believe in the goodness of what they're doing. Christian extremists, self-styled soldiers in the "Army of God" believe in the goodness of bombing abortion clinics.

Thirteen hijackers believed in the goodness of flying 747s into skyscrapers. They probably considered themselves soldiers - mujahadeen, "holy warriors". They believed in their hearts that what they were doing was for a noble cause.

Being an adult means taking responsibility for the results of one's actions.

"Oh, and yes, I do read the news, I read the news from many sources from this, to BBC, to Fox News, I don't merely suggest I read the news, and then lift scenes from Michael Moore's F 9/11..."

Fox News is as close to journalism as the WWF is to olympic competition. No wonder you're so misinformed. Here's some free education for you:

english.aljazeera.net
edition.cnn.com/
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

"Oh, and yes, I do read the news, I read the news from many sources from this, to BBC, to Fox News, I don't merely suggest I read the news, and then lift scenes from Michael Moore's F 9/11..."

Do you even bother to make any attempt at understanding what I write?..

It would seem not.

"I'm sure many soldiers do believe in the goodness of what they're doing. Christian extremists, self-styled soldiers in the "Army of God" believe in the goodness of bombing abortion clinics."

Why do you feel it necessary to make things up to prove your point? It really doesn't look to good...
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

First of all, there were 19 hijackers on sept 11th, so stop making up numbers, otherwise the Bush admin might offer you a job. Second, how do you presume to know what goes on over there? Because you read the reports that were edited a minimum of three times before they were laid before your eyes? I ask the question again, how many friends of yours went to Iraq? How many family members? I would wager to say, by your completely off-base analysis of the situation that you know no one over there but some journalists in your "fourth-removed" relationship.
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

I see a real dilemma arising out of this discussion: how to keep fascism at bay.

It's a two-edged sword: how do you combat fascism without resorting to the censorship, repression, war etc. the fascists themselves use?

Yep, there's no shortage of armed, militant "true believers" out there, of various stripes: we now find ourselves embroiled in conflict between those who besmirch the good names of Christianity and al-Islam. Well, then, if one doesn't want either the recruiting tables of those who smear the good name of Democracy, or Hazb 'Ullah, al-Qaeda etc., exactly where and how do we draw the line today, so that we don't end up hanging by the end of it tomorrow?

I leave the question to you: what do you think?
 

Re: Action Tuesday to Kick Military Recruiters Out of UCSC!

Well, I guess the students who "kicked" the recruiters off campus are proud of themselves. I hope someday they will be mature enough to realize it is people like the recruiters who make sacrifices so that they can act the way they do. And I wonder what the campus will do when the government withdraws the funds it supplies the school with to operate on. Be careful what you ask for.............
 

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