Why are they celebrating? See last week’s post. An activist responded to the article below here, reminding us that one big reason to protest military recruiters is their discrimination against gays and people who are not heterosexual.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Last week UCSC Students Against War kicked military recruiters off the campus job fair.
About 75 anti-war activists held a celebratory rally in front of the UC Santa Cruz bookstore on Tuesday morning, timed to coincide with a job fair on the other side of campus where military recruiters were conspicuously absent.
Army and Marine recruiters pulled out of the fair last week, one day after university officials were warned of a large counter-recruitment protest in the works.
Members of Students Against War took credit for the military’s withdrawal from the event.
“If every school prevented recruitment, if every port stopped shipping weapons, if every community refused to accept war profiteers as neighbors, war would be impossible,” third-year student Natalie MacIntyre said in a statement.
The group has disrupted three recruitment efforts since 2005. Last April, four recruiters left the fair with a police escort after a crowd of student protesters blocked the entrance to the building where the Army and National Guard had set up information tables.
News of last week’s decision by the military to skip this year’s job fair spread on at least one conservative Web blog, prompting a host of angry e-mails from around the country, many written by retired military veterans, to UCSC acting Chancellor George Blumenthal.