Santa Cruz Indymedia : http://santacruz.indymedia.org
Home
Santa Cruz Indymedia

LOCAL News :: Peace & War

UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

March 5, 2005; Santa Cruz CA: After 200 students joined a rally and march to “Kick Recruiters Out of UCSC? eighty sign-carrying, chanting and determined demonstrators gained access to the Stevenson Activity Center Career Fair, surrounded military recruiters and effectively terminated recruiting activities.
rally_file_1.jpg
A recruiters view of students occupying the military table corner at the Stevenson Activity Center Career Fair.


March 5, 2005; Santa Cruz CA: After 200 students joined a rally and march to “Kick Recruiters Out of UCSC? eighty sign-carrying, chanting and determined demonstrators gained access to the Stevenson Activity Center Career Fair, surrounded military recruiters and effectively terminated recruiting activities.

Recruiters for California Corrections Officers, at the first sign of a demonstration, quickly packed and departed. Navy recruiters, arriving late, watched events but never unpacked their display. Rendered idle by the packed house of demonstrators, six Army and Marine Corps recruiters quietly slipped out a back stage door.

Representatives for Students against War (SAW) charge that all branches of the military are racist, sexist and homophobic and should not be allowed on campus. Career Fair administrators are violating their own policy which prohibits hosting employers who practice discrimination.

According to SAW representatives, the demonstration achieved their major objectives: 1) removing recruiters from the campus; 2) remaining on site until recruiters left the site; 3) taking over the recruiter tables to distribute their own counter recruitment materials; and 4) obtaining from Career Center administration a written agreement to meet the follow week to discuss recruiter presence on campus.

Click on image for a larger version

rally_file_2.jpg
Kick Recruiter Off Campus? noon rally at Student Center


Click on image for a larger version

rally_file_3.jpg
Students occupy Military Recruiter space at Career Fair. Recruiters pack and depart.
 
 


New Comments are disabled, please visit Indybay.org/SantaCruz

Comments

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

Be very respectful when you have the power. Listen carefully to the motivations and requirements of the administration in order to work effectively with them.
There is still a lot of work to do in Watsonville and Harbor High.
 

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

Beautiful.

I second Naiditch: This was a demonstration of people power. Use it wisely (which you seem to be doing). Inertia is on our side now, big gains could be made regarding UCSC's job fair policies.
 

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

good. don't want anyone stupid enough to attend ucsc in the military anyway.
 

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

Hey mulestroker. Please provide a substantive argument. UCSC is a world renowned, tier-one research institution that is rated as the most productive university in physical science research.
 

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

Wauw!!! Solidarity from Holland/Amsterdam, keep up the struggle.
 

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

This is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
 

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

excellent, lets bring this fight to high schools, those recruiters use scare tactics on the kids (tell them that making it without the military is tough) lets stop them signing up our kids for capitalist slaughter
 

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

Have you ever seen a family blown to pieces just because of their race? Laid your life on the line to help someone you dont even know? Performed CPR on a 5yr old that has been shot? These are things the military does to help other countries. Keep to yourself and you'll have another Pearl Harbor. Students in these generations have no idea what they have. Govt. should take those rights and see what you would have?
 

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

In reply to:
"good. don't want anyone stupid enough to attend ucsc in the military anyway."

Excuse me, but who's calling who stupid? By which I mean UCSC students aren't the ones getting regularly mangled or killed by roadside bombs in a far away land called Iraq.

Neither did UCSC students actively contribute to the violent deaths of possibly 100,000 people in Iraq. 100 thousand is the approximate number the UK medical journal "the Lancet", in an on the ground independent study, estimates to the be the number of Iraq's killed due to the direct result of the U.S. led invasion and occupation of Iraq. Most of those turns out were non-combatants, many women and children killed in air strikes by U.S. forces.

Even going with the more conservative death toll figure of 27,000-31,000 currently numbered at iraqbodycount.com that still one heck of a heap of dead people.

Not that most American soldiers are deliberately targeting non-combatants, as the vast majority of the non-combatant killings have indeed been accidental. However such seems small consolation for the dead or for their mourners, after all just about every death represents someone's irreplaceable parent or child.

What America has been most successful in importing to Iraq is not democracy but instead is violent death. As the following report from "the Guardian" states:

"violence is now the leading cause of death in Iraq. Before the invasion, most people died of heart attacks, stroke and chronic illness. The risk of a violent death is now 58 times higher than it was before the invasion."

All this for a war who's basic justifications their "commander and chief" changes with nearly the same regularity U.S. soldiers under his command continue to run into those road side bomb's.

I think it's wonderful that the students at UCSC drove the recruiters off their campus. Those who oppose violent killing of either non-combatants and the simply young and duped should never make life easy for those who hope to snare the young, influential and often poverty stricken and turn them into virtual grim reapers for the global military industrial complex of the U.S. or any other country.

www.zmag.org/lancet.pdf
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1338749,00.html
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7967-2004Oct28.html
 

Short essay for those thinking of enlisting.

A Grand Adventure

Except That it isn't

September 18, 2005

The Army at work. Be all you can be.

A friend recently asked me what I would tell a young man thinking about enlisting in the military. (He had in mind his son.) I would tell him this, which I wish someone had told me:

Kid, you are being suckered. You are being used. You need to think carefully before signing that enlistment contract.

First, notice that the men who want to send you to die were draft-dodgers. President Bush was of military age during Vietnam, but he sat out the war in the Air National Guard. The Guard was then a common way of avoiding combat. Bush could do it because he was a rich kid who went to Yale, and his family had connections.

He dodged, but he wants you to go.

Vice President Cheney, also of military age during Vietnam, also didn’t go. Why? When asked by the press, he said, “I had other priorities.? In other words, he was too important to risk his precious self overseas. He dodged, but wants you to go.

If you take the time to investigate, you will always find this pattern. The rich and influential avoid combat. Harvard, Yale, and Princeton do not send young men to Iraq. The editors at magazines that support the war, National Review for example, didn’t fight. They are happy to let you go, though. The reason for the All Volunteer military was to let the smart and rich avoid service and instead send kids from middle-class and blue-collar families. It works.

In talking to recruiters, you need to understand what you are up against. You are probably nineteen or twenty years old, full of piss and vinegar as we used to say, just starting to know the world. Which means that you don’t yet know it. (Do you know, for example, what countries border Iraq?)

You are up against a government that hires high-powered ad agencies and psychologists to figure out how to lure you into the military. Over many years they have done surveys and studies on the weaknesses of young males to find out what will get them to join. They know that young men, the ones that are worth anything anyway, want to prove themselves, want adventure, want to show what they can do. Everything a recruiter does is carefully calculated to play on this. They go to recruiting school to learn how.

“The Few. The Proud.? You don’t think that came out of the Marine Corps, do you? These phrases—“An Army of One,? “Be All You Can Be"--come from ad agencies in New York. Nobody in those ad agencies, I promise you, was ever in the Marine Corps. New York sells the military the way it sells soap. It has no interest in you at all.

Recruiters know exactly what they are doing. They are manly, which appeals to gutsy young guys who don’t want to be mall rats. They are confident. They have a physical fitness, a clean-cut appearance that looks good compared to all those wussy lawyers in business suits. They invite you to come into a man’s world. They promise you college funds. (Check and see how many actually ever get those funds. Read the small print.)

And of course the military is a man’s world, and it is an adventure, and it does beat being a mall rat—until they put you in combat. Driving a tank beats stocking parts in the local NAPA outlet—until they put you in combat. Days on the rifle range, running the bars of San Diego far from home and parents, going across the border into Mexico—all of this appeals powerfully to a young man. It did to me. It beats hell out of getting some silly associate degree in biz-admin at the community college.

Until they put you in combat. Then it’s too late. You can’t change your mind. They send you to jail for a long time if you do.

Combat is not the adventure you think it is. Know what happens when an RPG hits a tank? Nothing good. The cherry juice—hydraulic fluid that turns the turret—can vaporize and then blow. I saw the results in the Naval Support Activity hospital in Danang in 1967. A tank has a crew of four. Two burned to death, screaming as they tried to get out. The other two were scalded pink, under a plastic sheet that was always foggy with serum evaporating from burns where the skin had sloughed off. They probably lived. Know what burn scars look like?

The recruiters won’t tell you this. They know, but they won’t tell you. Ever seen a guy who just took a round through the face? He’s a bloody mess with his eyes gone, nasty hole where his nose was, funny white cartilage things sticking out of dripping meat. Suppose he’ll ever have another girlfriend? Not freaking likely. He’ll spend the next fifty years as a horror in some forsaken VA hospital.

But the recruiters won’t tell you this. They want you to think that it’s an adventure.

Other things happen that, depending on your head, may or may not bother you. Iraq means combat in cities. Ordinary people live there. You pop a grenade through a window, or hit a building with a burst from the Chain gun, or maybe put a tank round through it. Then you find the little girl with her bowels hanging out, not quite dead yet, with her mother screaming over what’s left. You’d be surprised how much blood a small kid has.

You get to live with that picture for the rest of your life. And you will live with it. The recruiter will tell you that it doesn’t happen, that it’s the exception, that I’m a commy journalist. Believe him if you want. Believe him now, while you can. When you get back, you’ll believe me.

A lot of things in America aren’t what they used to be. The military is one of them. The army didn’t always use girl soldiers to torture prisoners. For that they had specialists in the intelligence agencies. You won’t get assigned torture duty, almost certainly, because the Army got caught. Ask your recruiter about it, just to be sure.

Don’t expect thanks from a grateful nation. Somebody might buy you a drink in a bar. That’s about all you get. Many will regard you as a criminal or a fool.

Wars seem important at the time, but they usually aren’t. Five years later, they are history. About sixty thousand GIs died in Vietnam. We lost. Nothing happened. It was a stupid war for nothing. Today the guys who lost faces and legs and internal organs back then are just freaks. Nobody gives a damn about them, and nobody will give a damn about you. A war is a politician’s toy, but your wheelchair is forever. If you want adventure, try the fishing fleet in Alaska.

Think about it.

www.fredoneverything.net/GoingToWar.shtml
 

Re: UCSC STUDENT KICK MILITARY RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS Words & Photos, ©Bob Fitch

it's nice to see so many people can afford to go to UCSC. i for one cannot.
well not for another couple years.
but in the mean time i've become a qualified airframer and made a decent living working on and learning about jets, most of which i'll carry into the civilian world in a couple years when i want to get a decent paying job.
i guess the military is not for everyone, but i'm a bluejacket who reads Henry Miller, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Keruoac and Ernest Hemmingway, and the military has done for me more than anything else ever has.
hoorah hoorah hoorah hey
 

Calendar

No events for this day.

view calendar week
add an event

Views

Media Centers

Syndication feeds

Account Login

This site made manifest by dadaIMC software