GO RENT POST-APOCALYPTIC EIGHTIES MOVIES AND TAKE NOTES
it's disturbing that i've only been out of college a few years, yet i can already remember "the good ol' days." and don't forget, when you go to dodge the draft, head to mexico. . . canada has already agreed to cooperate with the US to close it's borders when the draft begins (you will need a visa to cross the border, with a two-week waiting period to get one).
STUDENT COUNTER-RECRUITERS CHARGED WITH FELONY ASSAULT
Three undergraduate students at the City College of
New York (CCNY) were arrested Wednesday in the course
of a peaceful protest against military recruiters.
Hadas Thier, Nick Bergreen, and Justino Rodriguez,
along with approximately a dozen other protesters
attended a job fair organized by the college, and
stood up in front of a National Guard recruitment
table chanting anti-war slogans. Private security and
campus peace officers immediately surrounded the
protesters, pushed them into an empty hallway outside
of the job fair, closed the hall door and assaulted
two protesters and arrested a third who was taking
pictures. The two students who were assaulted are now
being charged with felony assault, and the third with
obstruction of a government administrator.
"Counter-recruitment" has become a national issue
(USATODAY "Counter-recruiters shadowing the military"
3/7/5), and it's working. Between these efforts, and
general disagreement about the war, recruitment is
down - according to a 3/6/5 Reuters report, "The
regular Army is 6 percent behind its year-to-date
recruiting target, the Reserve is 10 percent behind,
and the Guard is 26 percent short."
After similar counter-recruitment efforts have taken
off from New York to Seattle, the military has clearly
become concerned. At William Patterson University in
New Jersey an activist was arrested for simply handing
out counter-recruitment leaflets. Twice last semester,
CCNY student protesters drove military recruiters off
the campus with peaceful protests. This time campus
security was ready. "We didn't even get through one
round of chanting," according to Tiffany Paul, a
junior at CCNY and a member of the Campus Anti-War
Network, who was one of the protesters. "We were
completely peaceful, it was the officers who were
When Mr. Rodriguez was being arrested, his head was
slammed into the wall. He called out "look what
they're doing to me!" According to Ms. Paul, to
silence him one of the guards pulled Mr. Rodriguez's
hood over his head and slammed his head into the wall
"He just stood on the guy," remembers Mark Turner, a
staff member at CCNY, recalling the manner in which
Mr. Bergreen was subdued by a private security guard,
Mr. Robertson. "His foot was on his back, after he had
tackled him. Private security are not supposed to
Ms. Thier was arrested simply for taking pictures.
Several witnesses recall that the guards were pulling
on her hair. Juan Alduey remembers that the guards
pushed Ms. Thier when she tried to give a statement to
students who began filming the event. "I'm being
arrested for exercising my right to free speech" Mr.
the previously promised Superwolf. enjoy.
• Superwolf - My Home Is The Sea
buy music, especially independent.