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Students Rally and March Against Military Recruiters at UCSC "Career" Fair

by ~Bradley (bradley [at]
The tradition of students un-welcoming the military to UC Santa Cruz and disrupting their attempts to recruit is alive and well, as demonstrated during the "Career" Fair on April 22nd. Students Against War rallied in the Baytree Plaza and marched to the "Career" Fair held in the multipurpose rooms for Colleges 9/10. Campus police, administrators, faculty, other staff and students collected backpacks and identification cards from the students who entered the "Career" Fair. Colorful helium balloons arched over steel barricades at the entrance to the "Career" Fair featured signs that boldly proclaimed "Part-time Jobs!!!" Indeed, the future is very bleak for the generations growing up during Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr. and whoever comes next.
Students Against War assert:

"As students of UC Santa Cruz, 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."

Students Against War

March, Rally and Direct Action Against Military Recruiters at UCSC on April 22nd

For a chronological history of some of the more notable SAW demonstrations, state infiltrations and more, check out:

04/05/05 - UCSC Students Kick Military Recruiters Off Campus

11/18/05 - Rally, Queer Kiss-in Greet Military Recruiters at UCSC

12/14/05 - Students Denounce Pentagon Surveillance of Counter-Recruitment Activities

1/25/06 - UC Students Demand Answers about Spying Scandal

2/1/06 - ACLU of Northern California Seeks Pentagon Files on Peace Groups

2/8/06 - UCSC Military Recruitment Debate Reportback

4/11/06 - Students Kick Military Recruiters off UC Santa Cruz

10/23/06 - Administrative Paranoia Taking Its Toll at UCSC

1/9/07 - UC Santa Cruz Administration Sabotages Student-Run Career Event

1/15/07 - "Free Speech" Versus the Military

1/18/07 - SAW Response to Job Fair Cancellation

4/17/07 - With Major Protests Imminent, Military Recruiters Withdraw from UCSC Job Fair
§Mickey Aluffi, UCSC Chief of Police
by ~Bradley
§SAW Rally
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§UCSC Administrators Monitor the Demonstration
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Alma Sifuentes, Dean of Students
§Dick Cheney
by ~Bradley
§The Rest of Your Life! the Ride
by ~Bradley
Welcome to the Cubicle!
The sunshine would be replaced with a roof and light bulbs.
§Disarm UCSC No War
by ~Bradley
§Books Not Bombs
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§Police Outside
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§Police Inside
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by ~Bradley
Murder, Torture, Rape and War are horrible "choices" for a "career."

Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse

COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program)

FBI Repression of Activists in the '90s:

Who Bombed Judi Bari?


FBI Bomb School, and Other Atrocities

"...Darryl and I were on our way to Santa Cruz for an action. But the action was a concert, not a bombing." - Judi Bari
§Barry Shiller, University Relations
by ~Bradley
Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs and Communications
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