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Oct. 18 Counter-Recruitment Events - Photos by Bob Fitch

"On October 18th, hundreds of students marched and rallied at UC Santa Cruz to protest the presence of military recruiters at the campus career fair.

A Queer Kiss-in was staged in front of recruiters' tables during the march and rally. From inside the fair, kissers were able to effectively block access to military recruiters without shutting down the entire career fair."

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All photos copyright Bob Fitch Photo.
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After an initial rally at the Bay Tree Plaza, students marched to college 9/10 where the Job Fair (and military recruiters) were located.
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Once the march reached C9/10, an informational rally was held outside while a group of students already inside staged a Queer Kiss-In.

Sandino from Free Radio Santa Cruz and the Resource Center for Nonviolence relays students' concerns to the community.
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Bettina Aptheker contextualizes discrimination in the military and offers the support of faculty.
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A student with the Committee for Justice in Palestine, which had a strong supportive presence throughout the morning.
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Although not everyone was supportive - A few College Republicans show their support for discriminatory military recruiters.
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The media (both corporate and independent), question an administration official on why they weren't allowed to enter the building to cover the Queer Kiss-In.
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After the Job Fair had ended, students involved in the Queer Kiss-In danced out of the building into a supportive crowd.

Since the media was not allowed to come to the students, the kissers demonstrated how they inhibited the military's ability to recruit.
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All photos copyright Bob Fitch Photo.
 
 


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