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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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.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.

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July 9, 2005

College Not Combat Report

By Kristin Anderson

College Not Combat (CNC) is a San Francisco based community coalition who's purpose is military out of our schools and money for education not war and recruiting. To this end, CNC is currently campaigning to get a measure on the San Francisco November ballot. The measure reads

College Not Combat Declaration of Policy:

Whereas, over 1500 American soldiers have died and tens of thousands have been injured physically and psychologically in Iraq; and,

Whereas, a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Columbia University School of Nursing and Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdadestimates that 100,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation; and,

Whereas, the U.S. government is forcing soldiers to serve in Iraq for longer than their contracts require with such devices as "stop-loss" orders; and,

Whereas, the "No Child Left Behind Act" forces all high schools that receive federal money to give personal records of all children to the military for the purposes of recruiting; and,

Whereas, the federal Solomon Amendment specifically orders colleges and universities that receive federal money to violate their own legal policies of non-discrimination against gays and lesbians by allowing recruiters for the military, which bars gays and lesbians from serving openly, on campus; and,

Whereas, a de facto "economic draft" forces tens of thousands of low and middle-income students to join the military in order to get money to go to college or get job or technical training; and,

Whereas, the Pentagon budget, over billion per year, plus billion more over the last three years for the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, is draining desperately needed resources for schools, health care and jobs; and,

Whereas, the people of San Francisco voted by 63% to pass Proposition N in November of 2004 calling on the Federal government to "bring the troops safely home now;" and,

Whereas, the Federal government shows no sign of ending the occupation of Iraq or bringing the troops safely home and, in fact, is threatening military action against other nations; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the people of San Francisco oppose U.S. military recruiters using public school, college and university facilities to recruit young people into the armed forces. Furthermore, San Francisco should oppose the military’s "economic draft" by investigating means by which to fund and grant scholarships for college and job training to low-income students so they are not economically compelled to join the military!

    At our regional conference, West Coast CAN voted to endorse this campaign as an extension of our counter recruitment work.

    Thus far the campaign has largely met with success. Our work has included activists from Code Pink, A.N.S.W.E.R., Not in our Name, Bay Area United Against the War, SEIU local 790, United Educators of San Francisco, The American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee - SF chapter, and the International Socialist Organization among many others. We have also been working with individuals such as Cindy Sheehan, Peter Camejo, Renee Saucedo, Chris Daly of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and many local members of the Green Party. While the coalition has not been able to mobilize as broad of a base of grassroots activists as we had hoped, our experience has been that this is due to the demoralization within the left and the rightward shift of some leadershift of the leadership rather than a lack of sentiment against the war and against military recruiting. It was also made more difficult because many of our best student activists were out of town for the summer.

   As of today we have met and passed our goal of 15,000 signatures

   The overall response we have met on the street has been very positive. We have met veterans, teachers, students, parents, and a population angry about the war and the backward priorities of our government. For every person that has signed the ballot petition, there are many more who are not able to sign but agree with the sentimentof it. These include not only people from the surrounding cities but also from across the country and even around the world.

   We look forward to to building the the campaign on our campus this fall and it is our belief that the measure will pass by a large margin. It is our hope that this ballot initiative will set a lead for the rest of the country and further build and strengthen the coiunter-recruitment movement.

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You fasten the triggers
For others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's on thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

     -Bob Dylan "Masters of War"

 

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