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November 09, 2005

College Not Combat in SF

The November 8th elections brought another 4 years of Republican Michael Bloomberg to New Yorkers.  Across the country, San Francisco voters struck a blow against military recruiting.  Voters there approved a ballot measure urging the city's "public high schools and college campuses to keep out military recruiters."  According to the Associated Press:

Measure I, dubbed "College Not Combat," opposes the presence of military recruiters at public high schools and colleges. However, it would not ban the armed forces from seeking enlistees at city campuses, since that would put schools at risk of losing federal funding.

Instead, Proposition I encourages city officials and university administrators to exclude recruiters and create scholarships and training programs that would reduce the military's appeal to young adults.

"We now have the moral weight of the city behind us, and it's definitely a valuable asset to have in our corner," said Bob Matthews, a College Not Combat activist, adding that the victory would help put pressure on the government to someday institute an actual ban on campus military recruiting.

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please publicize our protest next week if you can. thanks. its at
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2005/11/59904.html

Posted by: in our hearts | Nov 9, 2005 8:35:30 PM

LOVE indymedia! Keep it up, my word goes out about your work for progress...

Posted by: reader | Nov 12, 2005 9:59:49 AM

By keeping military recruiters off campus and purposefully driving kids away from military service, you are causing the draft to be the only alternative left.

No one wants the draft, but to keep it dead, people have to volunteer to serve their country...the saddest thing to me is that it is so hard to find people who are willing to die for this great country...heck, it's hard enough to find people who are simply grateful for those who have already died for us.

Posted by: T.J. | Nov 16, 2005 8:19:36 AM

T.J.

For your information, I fully support the drfat. In fact, I believe that the Army we fielded in 1964 (the last "peacetime" year of the draft was the finest in modern history. It was reflective of the nation it served and 17.4% of the enlistees that year had at least 2 years of college vice the less than 10% today. More importnatly, the college attendance rate in 1964 was about 1/2 of what it is today.

The All Volunteer Force is a poverty draft no matter how you slice it. To be sure, the kids enlisting are solidly in the academic 30-70th percentile of their peers. the rub is that these folks come disproportionately from areas with limited job/educational opportunities.

If you want folks to "die" for their country, why shouldn't the dying be done in a reflective way. Why shouldn't folks from Westchester County, NY be in similar risk as those from the coal fields of West Virginia.

Posted by: IRR Soldier... | Nov 16, 2005 11:17:29 AM

when will you cover this local event?
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2005/11/59904.html
http://www.stratecomm.net/~fritz/gallery/recruitment

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