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Military Recruiting Protested During UCSC's Career Fair

On October 18, military recruiters returned to UC Santa Cruz for the first time since they were rallied off campus by Students Against War on April 5, 2005. Students Against War organized a protest and hundreds of people rallied and marched to the College 9/10 Dining Hall. The Military and UC held the career fair on the second story of the building and had numerous police officers and administrators guarding the stairs and entrance to the career fair. At least one uniformed police officer was video tapping demonstrators.
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Hey, Recruiters, Leave Them Kids Alone
Students wanting to enter and document the career fair were greeted by the bodies of three police officers who blocked the path of student journalists and other members of the press.

A women wore a badge that read:

"U C Santa Cruz EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

Louise Donahue

Public Information Officer University Official

Expires 12/31/03"

yet she was not willing or able to provide information to the public. A journalist with Free Speech Radio News asked her why journalists were not being allowed into the Career Fair, but Louise Donahue would not provide a reason.

A large rally was held outside the Career Fair. Students, both past and present, as well as faculty members, spoke out against the presence of military recruiters on campus, specifically addressing the military's violation of UCSC's Non-Discrimination Policy.

The Bay Area Anarchist Council provided a mobil sound system which was towed on a bike trailer for amplified speechs, discussion and music.

While people were rallying outside the Career Fair, other students were on the inside and used a variety of tactics to prevent the military from recruiting. Queer students and others kissed in front the recruiters and their display. The military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" hiring practices are in violation of the UC system's non-discrimination policy.

Students Against War put forward the following demands:
  • That all military recruiters leave the Job Fair immediately
  • That the UCSC Faculty Senate vote to join the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR)
  • That UCSC Faculty and Administration write a resolution promising to officially ban recruiters from campus as soon as either the Solomon Amendment is overturned or when the banning of recruiters would not result in the loss of federal funding
  • That Chancellor Denton express the campus' will to have a discrimination-free university by making a public statement acknowledging that military recruiters are currently only allowed at UCSC because of the Solomon Amendment
  • That no violent of disciplinary actions be taken aaginst students who are putting their personal safety on the line in order to make a non-violent statement against war and discrimination
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we get ready to march against the military
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They Lie, You Die
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College Not Combat
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bird's eye view of the rally in the bay tree plaza
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Military Off All Campuses
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Fuck the Military Swine
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Free Palestine
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marching to the College 9/10 Dining Hall
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Police and their masters are quite interested in video tapping people participating in demonstrations
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militarization to enforce capitalism
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A "Public Information Officer" with an expired badge provides no information as to why journalists were prevented from entering the Career Fair
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Susan Welte and Dan Wood
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Students were forced to leave their Student ID cards with university staff outside the Career Fair
 
 


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Re: Military Recruiting Protested During UCSC's Career Fair

Good job everybody! The peace and creativity of the action displays the true spirit of UCSC. Well done!
 

Re: Military Recruiting Protested During UCSC's Career Fair

Ok, you support terrorism and communism while protesting the recruiters and the soldiers... No wonder why the cops hate you.
 

Re: Military Recruiting Protested During UCSC's Career Fair

Pro-War says, "Ok, you support terrorism and communism while protesting the recruiters and the soldiers... No wonder why the cops hate you."

I see no indication that these good people support terrorism. In fact they were opposing terrorism by opposing the military machine of the biggest terrorist in the world, the U.S. government.

As for cops hating them, I find that it doesn't take much to get the cops to hate you. Expressing good opinions can do it just as having a darker skin color or being poor.

Legalize Freedom!

U.S. Military Out Of Iraq And Off Campus Now!
 

Re: Military Recruiting Protested During UCSC's Career Fair

I find it interesting you want to be heard yet you muffle the voices of others, so one sided of you sir.....
 

Re: Military Recruiting Protested During UCSC's Career Fair

Interesting. They denounce the very people that allow them the luxury of protesting. Cute.
 

Re: Military Recruiting Protested During UCSC's Career Fair

"As for cops hating them, I find that it doesn't take much to get the cops to hate you. Expressing good opinions can do it just as having a darker skin color or being poor."

Steve, sometimes you should take some time to reread your statements for gross illogic.

Though I agree, I hate it when latino and black cops single me out 'cause I'm white! :)
 

Re: Military Recruiting Protested During UCSC's Career Fair

I have no problems with everyone voicing their opinions, in fact that is one of the reasons I am in the Army, to fight for your right to freedom of speech. Isn't my freedom of speech the right to go on campuses and talk to those that want to hear recruiters. If you don't want to hear what they (recruiters) have to say, then do not approach them. But do not take the right away from those that wish to hear about joining the military. Besides, you are free to move to another country, in fact I'll even pay for your move. If it were not for the US military, we would not have the freedoms we have today. Instead of protesting the military recruiters, you might want to think about just saying thank you for volunteering to put their lives on the line for your way of life. As for those that are over in another country fighting, they knew before they raised their hand (taking the oath) that they could possibly go to war. Regardless of what the reason for the war, we go when we are called to. No service member wants war, but will go when called to because that is what we do. Selfless service. You protestors make me sick, no one is throwing you in a car and forcing you to join.
 

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