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Indybay FeatureRelated Categories: East Bay | Anti-War | Education & Student Activism
Pleasant Hill recruitment protest
In solidarity with World Can't Wait, Code Pink, and other local and national counter recruitment protesters, a group of youth in Contra Costa County held a protest at a local military recruitment center.
About 40 people turned out in Pleasant Hill to protest the war and military recruitment. The protest began at the military recruitment center on Contra Costa Blvd. and Gold Club Rd. But eventually a portion of the protesters decided to march over to Diablo Valley College (DVC) and march through campus, followed by a march in front of College Park High School. On the way back to the recruitment center the protesters took up the chant "no shopping while bombs are dropping" and took a short denture through Sunvalley Mall, from which they were quickly escorted out of.
The protesters hoped to show that Berkeley is not an isolated city. Even in the more conservative Contra Costa County there is strong opposition to the war and military recruitment of youth, especially those coming from lower income families. Many of the protesters are students of local high schools and DVC, and have often been approached by recruitment officers themselves. This protest is a rejection of war by the local youth who are themselves the target of military recruitment. Not only is it the youth who are fighting and dying in Iraq, it is the youth who have to suffer budget cuts to their school systems due to an ever growing amount of money being spent on war.
The protesters also hoped to bring publicity to an anti-war march being held in Walnut Creek this Saturday, 11:00am the 15th of March. This anti-war march is being organized by a group of local anti-war groups, including the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, the Lamorinda Peace and Justice Group, and Grandparents for Peace.
While turnout was less than expected, the protesters received many honks and waves of support from passing motorists along with words of praise from many DVC student's who were unable to make it to the protest. This was just the beginning of resistance in the suburbs.