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On Tuesday, April 22nd, UCSC students will rally and march to the UCSC career fair to protest the presence of military recruiters. Students at UCSC refuse to let our University serve as a vehicle to perpetuate the war and homophobic, sexist, racist and imperialist ideologies. A direct action will follow at the career fair.
Following is the official Students Against War press release:
Santa Cruz, CA, April 22nd 2008: As students of UCSC, we oppose the presence of military recruiters on campus. As an employer that uses predatory and discriminatory practices in recruitment, recruiters directly represent the homophobic, sexist and racist ideologies that have no place in this University. Furthermore, the military’s inhumane treatment of soldiers during and after tours of duty – through, for example, the neglect of the psychological and medical consequences of war – demonstrates that they view troops not as employees, but as property to be used and then discarded. Recruiters offer false promises of education and opportunity in order to manipulate people in to signing away the fundamental rights to which we are all entitled. We will not let our University be a vehicle for a system based on hateful ideologies and manipulation. We will not let our University be a vehicle to perpetuate the unjust war in Iraq.
It is for these reasons that on Tuesday, April 22 of 2008, UCSC Students Against War will have a counter-recruitment action against the presence of military recruiters on our campus, asking them to leave our campus and never come back. Students of the University of California, Santa Cruz, will have a rally that begins in the Baytree Bookstore Plaza and proceeds to march to the career fair in the College 9/10 multipurpose room, followed by a direct action. Twice in the past, UCSC students have successfully prevented military recruitment and kicked military recruiters off of our campus. On Tuesday, UCSC students, along with supporting faculty, staff and community members, hope to keep UCSC recruitment-free once again.
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