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Santa Cruz Recruiters Closed for Peace Until Further Notice

Santa Cruz Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines recruiting offices stayed closed all day Wednesday, March 5, because of a large rally and civil disobedience action held outside their offices at 41st and Clares Streets in Capitola. They will remain “closed for peace” until further notice, as recruiters plan to stay away as long as protests continue.
Santa Cruz County Recruiting Offices
Closed For Peace Until Further Notice

Daily Vigils with Possible Civil Disobedience to Keep them Closed
12 noon at the Recruiting Offices
41st and Clares Streets in Capitola

Santa Cruz County organizers claimed victory as they announced that Santa Cruz County military recruiting offices will remain “closed for peace” until further notice.

The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines recruiting offices stayed closed all day Wednesday, March 5, because of a large rally and civil disobedience action held outside their offices at 41st and Clares Streets in Capitola.

15 people blocked the doorways; no arrests were made. According to protestors, the event was so successful that they intend to come back for the next several days.

Recruiters told Sergeant Todd Mayer at Capitola Police Department that they would not open their offices as long as protests continue.

People are asked to come back to the recruiting offices at 12 noon on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, March 6, 7, and 10 to support the effort to keep the recruiting offices closed.

Come with signs, songs or poetry, or simply come for a lunch break. Talk to folks or bring a book to read.

Several people willing to engage in nonviolent direct action will be present each day in case recruiters do show up to open for business.

If the recruiters stay closed, we will continue to declare victory. Signs will be available that say, “We love you: don’t go to war” and “Closed for Peace” and “Nobody’s Blood for Oil.”

This protest is being organized by the Santa Cruz Peacemakers of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, in coordination with the national Not In Our Name Campaign, which has called for people around the country to take their resistance to war to the next highest level. www.notinourname.net/call_for_the_moratorium.html

Organizers of these events ask that all people who participate in these actions to respect the following Nonviolence Guidelines:

1) We will not harm anyone, but will be nonviolent in words and actions.

2) We will treat every person with respect.

3) We will not damage property.

4) We will not carry any weapons.

5) We will not bring or use any alcohol or drugs, other than for medical purposes.

6) We will not resist arrest.

The Center offers nonviolence trainings on an ongoing basis.

For more information, call 423-1626 ext. 302
or check RCNV.org.
 
 


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recruitment

And uhhhh, how much business were these offices doing lately, anyway? I doubt it was much, if any.

It's a nice token gesture, but so long as these anti-war protesters are still voluntarily writing checks to Washington on April 15th to save their own skins, Washington is still getting what it really wants and needs from them to make this invasion of Iraq happen.

This anti-war protest is mostly fluff and little substance. They aren't draftees on the front lines, but they're still following orders.

-Van
 

wrong

Van wrote: ``This anti-war protest is mostly fluff and little substance. They aren't draftees on the front lines, but they're still following orders.''

Van, i disagree. i have no connection with this action
or the people who are doing it, but i think what they're
doing is great.

you say that people are "still obeying orders"
unless they refuse to pay taxes. sounds good, but is it
true? think about it. was the Vietnam war stopped by
tax resisters? uhhh, no. it was stopped by protests
a lot like the one you are dissing. we now know
that despite what he may have said publicly, then-pres
Nixon was deeply affected by the massive outpouring of
protest in his day. and you can bet that inside their
bunkers, Bush and Cheney are also affected.

a recent poll showed that "Bush would lose" today paired
against an "unnamed democrat".
story.news.yahoo.com/news
protests are one element of the social climate that helped
bring about that state of affairs.

don't dis people just because their tactics are not as
extreme as you'd like. there is a whole spectrum of
resistance. everyone who is pushing in the right
direction, no matter how feebly (according to you)
is contributing to a powerful groundswell. a million
people writing letters will have a greater effect
on our govt than a dozen people refusing to pay
their taxes.

furthermore, it could be reasonably argued that tax
resistance is itself a symbolic gesture. the government
will get you in the end. you'll be broke and exhausted,
with even less tangible result than the "fluffy"
protestors you deride.
 

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