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With Major Protests Imminent, Military Recruiters Withdraw from UCSC Job Fair
Student Success Marks Third Year of Preventing Recruitment

With hundreds of students expected to protest, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps recruiters announced on April 17th their withdrawal from the Last Chance Job Fair being held at UC Santa Cruz on April 24th. Although the law prevents schools from banning recruiters outright, UCSC students, through massive protests, have effectively prevented recruiters from operating on campus for nearly three years.

From Students Against War's press release:

As the military loses more troops overseas and our generation refuses to take their place, UCSC’s success can be seen as a model for how communities can directly resist war without relying on the corrupt political process. Although the law prevents schools from banning recruiters outright, UCSC students, through massive protests, have effectively prevented recruiters from operating on campus for nearly three years.

"We’ve upheld our community’s values of tolerance and nonviolence despite federal attempts to impose militarism on our daily lives," said third year student Natalie MacIntyre. "If every school prevented recruitment, if every port stopped shipping weapons, if every community refused to accept war profiteers as neighbors, war would be impossible."

On April 5, 2005, Students Against War organized over 300 students to successfully kick military recruiters out of a campus job fair, landing the group on a Pentagon spy list as a "credible threat." On October 18, 2005, SAW held a Queer Kiss-In that effectively prevented the military’s ability to recruit. April 11, 2006, the next visit by the military to a campus job fair, also saw military recruiters kicked off campus by hundreds of students. Due to concerns of protests, this year’s job fair, originally scheduled for January 31 was cancelled. April 24’s job fair would have been the recruiters’ first visit to campus this year. With this latest success, UCSC has effectively been military-recruitment free for almost three years.

Take the Santa Cruz students' 3-yr counter-recruitment legacy, add in the now two-year old port protests in Olympia and Tacoma, WA, resistance by GIs, and the occupations of politicians' offices for refusing to cut the funding, and we've got ourselves the models for building a direct action movement to end the war! Now if we can devise a concrete strategy to do something about these war profiteers...

Originally posted to jzh on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 12:45 AM PDT.

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  •  Re. the war profiteers. (6+ / 0-)

    Some big military industry companies like GE, Westinghouse, Raytheon and others also have huge civilian product divisions.

    Effective boycotts of civilian products from these companies could persuade them to give up their military hardware divisions. It's a long shot and would require massive cooperation from the general public but it could work.

  •  less of a longshot than tax resistance (2+ / 0-)
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    PBen, todd in salt lake

    As tax day came around, I thought of Thoreau during the Mexican-American War. If we could get 100,000 people to agree to not pay their taxes next year if we're not home from Iraq, that could be significant. But then there's all the problems of withholding, how much people are willing to sacrifice, etc..

    Boycotting companies would be easier than mass tax resistance :)

    •  I had a couple of friends who did this ... (2+ / 0-)
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      AllisonInSeattle, highfive the '60s. The government took everything they had - which wasn't much, but it was all they had.

      There was one tax resistance approach that worked: refusing to pay the 10% surcharge on phone bills. The phone company never cut anybody off, and no IRS guys ever came knocking.

      One approach for those who really want to exercise tax resistance is to calculate your portion of the Iraq war and refuse to pay that amount only. This keeps the financial risks lower, but makes the point. But effective tax resistance of any sort requires massive publicity or it becomes nothing more than a secret virtue. Nothing wrong with unsung virtues, but if we're talking political action here, the acts must be public.

  •  A suggestion to recruiters... (3+ / 0-)
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    AllisonInSeattle, thered1, scoff0165

    Use the voting rolls of registered Republicans.

    There are plenty of gung-ho big mouths there, who told the rest of us to shut up about invading Iraq.

  •  Excellent news (3+ / 0-)
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    BOHICA, AllisonInSeattle, thered1

    And a reminder for folks who think the younger left isn't politicized or "isn't doing anything" to fight the war.
    Focused, targeted, effective. Good work.

    The Land of the Safe is the Home of the Slave.
    Justice Holmes: "When you strike at a King, you must kill him."

    by khereva on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 04:10:46 AM PDT

  •  Good on ya (4+ / 0-)

    Our group of "Raging Grannies," have successfully shut down one of the recruitment offices in PDX for 2 months every Friday. Lots of support from the student community. PDX has great student organizations with the new SDS really starting to pick up the pace.

    Here's something from one of the original "Raging Grannies."

    It isn't nice to block the doorway
    by Malvina Reynolds

    It isn't nice to block the doorway
    It isn't nice to go to jail
    There are nicer ways to do it
    But the nice ways always fail
    It isn't nice, it isn't nice
    You told us once, you told us twice
    But if that is Freedom's price
    We don't mind.
    It isn't nice to carry banners
    Or to sit in on the floor
    Or to shout our cry of Freedom
    At the hotel and the store
    It isn't nice, it isn't nice
    You told us once, you told us twice
    But if that is Freedom's price
    We don't mind.

    We have tried negotiations
    And the three-man picket line,
    Mr. Charlie didn't see us
    And he might as well be blind.
    Now our new ways aren't nice
    When we deal with men of ice,
    But if that is Freedom's price
    We don't mind.

    How about those years of lynchings
    And the shot in Evers' back?
    Did you say it wasn't proper
    Did you stand out on the track?
    You were quiet just like mice
    Now you say we aren't nice
    But if that is Freedom's price
    We don't mind.

    Someone once asked me if I had learned anything from going to war so many times. My reply: Yes, I learned how to cry.
    Joe Galloway

    by BOHICA on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 04:22:49 AM PDT

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