grassrootspeace.org

November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.

War on Truth  From Warriors to Resisters
Books of the Month

The War on Truth

From Warriors to Resisters

Army of None

Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal

See Updates on Counter-Recruitment and CAN history

See also below:
SFSU student newspaper
Oakland Tribune
Video

Counter-Recruitment at San Francisco State University

March 9, 2005

Students Against War (SAW) report: (see photo-album)

On March 9th, Students Against War (SAW) at San Francisco State University-a chapter of the Campus Antiwar Network (CAN)- cooperated with other campus student groups to organize a protest against the presence of military recruiters on SFSU's campus.At 11am, over 200 students rallied outside the student center expressing their outrage at the presence of military recruiters in the nearby job fair. People spoke out against the war in Iraq, the budget cuts, the bigoted anti-gay, racist and sexist policies of the military, and the fact that while money for college is increasingly hard to find the Military is getting more funding for recruitment. Photo © 2005 Joah On.

SAW members proceeded to lead the crowd into the student center where military recruiters-- The Army Corps of Engineers and the Air Force-- were tabling at a job fair. Over 100 people poured in holding signs and chanting "US Military Out of Our Schools."

Surrounding the tables we proceeded to chant them down for about 90 minutes before we sat down around their tables. The Army Corps almost immediately abandoned their tabling commenting to some activists that they were also against the war. One recruiter said "this war is stupid". Then, protesters lined up to take turns speaking on the bullhorn. We held a peaceful anti-war teach in until they decided to pack it up at 2pm-one hour before the job fair was supposed to end and without any new recruits. As they left we sang "Sha na-na-na hey hey hey goood Bye" It was fantastic!

The press was all over this with leading stories on CBS, Fox, ABC, NBC, Telemundo, the World Journal (a Chinese language paper)...the list went on. According to these reports the SFSU Administration will be sanctioning groups who sponsored this event, as well as suspending individual students who helped with the action. Today when activists entered the second day of the Job fair and began passing out pamphlets with facts about the military, eight police officers muscled them out the door, twisted their arms, and detained them and took down their information.

We are organizing a campaign to force the administration at SFSU to stop these outrageous attacks on political activists--please keep your eyes peeled for our email/fax campaign. We stand in solidarity with the CAN activists from the City College of New York (CCNY) who were arrested, assaulted by cops, and charged with felony-assault for protesting recruiters on the same day that we did.


SFSU student newspaper - Golden Gate [X]PRESSONLINE
http://xpress.sfsu.edu/archives/breaking/003099.html


Students Protest Military Recruitment


by Lachlan Maclean and William Roller staff writers
March 9, 2005 04:51 PM

U.S. military recruiters left a campus career fair an hour early on March 9
after extensive student demonstrations for and against military recruitment.
Over 100 students surrounded U.S. Air Force and Army Corps of Engineers
recruiters’ tables at the Career Center Employer Showcase at Jack Adams Hall.

A group of five College Republicans blocked protesters and yelled “Don’t join if you
don’t want to.”

“Our military is racist, homophobic, sexist and screwing people,” said
Students Against War (SAW) member Michael Hoffman, 24, a physics
major. “Recruitment on campus is wrong.”

SAW members said they hoped the protest would rally students to take action
against recruiters on campus.

“We don’t allow the recruiters on our campus because of the military’s
discrimination of homosexuals,” said Alex Schmaus, an environmental studies
sophomore. “

(The) ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy … goes clearly against campus discriminatory
policy. They shouldn’t be on campus.”

Sarah Ballinger, liberal studies major, said the recruiters’ early departure
was due to the protester’s efforts.

“I think that if we weren’t there, they would’ve stayed until closing,” said
Ballinger. “They realized that we weren’t going anywhere and they weren’t
going to recruit anyone, so they left.”

Support for SAW’s protest was not unanimous, several College Republicans waved
banners that read, “You don’t have to support the war to support our military”
and “end the commie occupation of SFSU.”

Leigh Wolfe, 18, a broadcasting major and member of the College Republicans
said he was disappointed that students were not more supportive of our
nation’s military.

“I wish they had a little more appreciation for what our troops are doing
overseas,” said Wolfe. “They’re fighting for us and dying to protect us at
home and (the protesters) are pretty much anti-anything.”

The two-day career expo was co-sponsored by the science and engineering
departments.

Jack Brewer, the career center’s director, said the center treats all
recruiters the same and doesn’t distinguish between corporations, non-profits
or the military.

“It’s my understanding that if a university would deny access by military
recruiters, that they could lose federal funding for financial aid and also
any funding from the department of defense,” said Brewer.

“If there is a policy set up by the university about denying access to
(discriminatory employers) then obviously I’d have to follow that policy. I’m
not currently aware of any such policy.”

Political Science professor James Martel said recruiters should be kept off
campus.

"The ban against gays in the military is pure discrimination, pure bigotry on
the part of the U.S. government with no rationale whatsoever," Martel
said. "It sends a signal to the entire nation that it's OK to discriminate
against lesbians and gay men."

Tyson Eckerele, a 25-year-old biologist with the Army Corps of Engineering,
couldn’t recall any similar opposition or protests on other college campuses.

“This hasn’t happened to us before at UC Berkeley or at Stanford,” said
Eckerele, who is a self-described liberal.

According to Jim Fizzell, employee specialist at Stanford University’s Career
Center, the Army has attended past career fairs on their campus.

“There’s never been a problem with them being here,” said Fizzell during a
telephone interview.

Brian Honeycutt, Master Sgt. and Air Force recruiter, was undaunted by the SF
State protesters.

“They have the right to protest peacefully if they want to,” said
Honeycutt. “But we aren’t leaving unless other employers want us to. They can
protest all day and we’ll stay right here.”

Most employers who paid to attend the fair respected the students’ right to
express themselves, but some felt the protest detracted from their goals at
the job fair.

Nancy Peterson is a recruiter for John Muir and Mt. Diablo Health Systems said
the protest discouraged students from entering the job fair and made the
atmosphere uncomfortable.

“The temperature is about 98 degrees, we haven’t seen any nursing students,
and you can’t be heard over the yelling,” said Peterson. “So it’s a bit
disappointing for us here.”

Peterson said her organization wasn’t able to accomplish anything at the fair
and would definitely ask more questions before paying to attend another job
fair at SF State.

Pacific Medical Center recruiter Rachel Barnes has been to SF State three
times before.

“It was the most entertained I’ve been since I’ve been here,” she said.
Jeff Boyette, an organizer with the International Socialist Organization (ISO)
at SF State, was pleased by the fact that the recruiters left the career fair
early.

“Yes, it was indeed a success because a lot of the students came out for
this,” said Boyette.

Ballinger said she wanted the military out of the school.

“They’re a discriminatory organization that is taking our brothers and sisters
and classmates to a war for oil and empire,” said Ballinger.

College Republicans vice-president Chris Finarelli demonstrated at Malcolm X
Plaza and at Jack Adams Hall.

“I support SAW’s right to be here just like the Peace Corps has a right to be
here, just like the environmentalists who solicit me every time I walk on
campus here, just like UNICEF, they all have a right to be here,” Finarelli said.

“The military is an all voluntary organization, they’re not soliciting people
they’re simply sit behind the table with their hands in their pockets and wait
until somebody comes up and asks for some information.”

Ballinger said the recruiters’ early departure was due to the protester’s
efforts.

“I think that if we weren’t there, they would’ve stayed until closing,” said
Ballinger. “They realized that we weren’t going anywhere and they weren’t
going to recruit anyone, so they left.”


Oakland Tribune - http://www.insidebayarea.com/localnews/ci_2603424

Activists protest military on campus
Group opposes recruiters at S.F. State University career fair

By Erin Pursell - CORRESPONDENT

SAN FRANCISCO — A student protest almost shut down a career fair at San Francisco State University on Wednesday as students rallied as part of a national movement to permanently ban military recruiters from all school levels.

The protest began about 11 a.m. as students filled the campus's Malcolm X Plaza, and were warmed to the cause through chants and rants on megaphones and a PA system. The plaza is at the center of the sprawling campus and is adorned with a mural of the late civil rights leader.

As the energy simmered and began to boil, students yelled anti-war messages, and the crowd grew to more than 200.

"Our goal is to kick recruiters off campus permanently and to raise awareness about the issue," said Kristen Anderson, a member of the steering committee for Students Against War.

The student group is part of the Campus Antiwar Network, a national campaign to keep military recruiters off school campuses that has grown in recent months   as recruiters have increasingly targeted students to counter declining military enlistment.

After students voiced their concerns for about 30 minutes on the plaza, the crowd burst into the career fair being held at Jack Adams Hall in the campus student center next to the plaza.

The demonstration quickly swarmed around the two booths of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Air Force.

The four recruiters were frustrated by the angry protesters but remained understanding of the students' rights to voice their concerns.

"People have a right to demonstrate, but I think there's a misunderstanding of the roles of the Army Corps of Engineers," said Richard Gallegos, a regional recruitment manager who wore plain clothes to the event.

Gallegos noted the corps is 98 percent civilian. Its main focus is disaster response and environmental restoration projects.

Anderson said she hopes S.F. State will become an anti-war role model because of its efforts to ban recruiters.   "We want to help give other schools the confidence to follow suit," she said.

Because the event was publicized in advance, many other campus political groups participated.

Talking to recruiters "is a voluntary act, and some people are interested in that information," said Candice Candelaria, a political science major who was there to observe the rally.

The Campus Republicans, a minority group on campus, demonstrated in support of the recruiters.

"Basically, if you don't want to join (the Army), don't join," said Victor Traycey, a Campus Republican member, pointing out the group was there to provide a different perspective on the issue.


Here is also a very good local new caste on what happened:
http://kpix.dayport.com/launcher/4122/?tf=video_player.tpl

Indymedia Video: http://www.indybay.org/uploads/collegenotcombat.mov


Thanks to Katrina Yeaw, SFSU SAW and CAN, for providing the material for this webpage.

March 11, 2005 - page created by Charlie Jenks

/html>