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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.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

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 press advisory, below, followed by CUNY statement.

Action Plan and Update on 3 City College Students
"arrested, and brutalized" during counter-recruitment protest

Action Plan - How to Help

As people may have seen 3 City College Students were arrested and assaulted
by campus security guards yesterday for simply peacefully protesting the
presence of military recruiters on campus. Please take a minute to call
Gregory Williams' office (the President of City College) The number is
212-650-7000, you'll get an operator and ask for the president's office.
You'll talk to a guy named Jacob. They would not comment but said a
statement was coming out soon. Call them and tell them that you are outraged
that the administration is doing nothing to defend the students and that
they allowed these students to be arrested by the campus security, also
known ironically as "peace officers."
thanks,

Monique Dols
CAN Coordinating Committee

Update

Thursday
March 10, 2005

Dear Anti-war and Counter-recruitment Activists,

The 3 City College students arrested, and brutalized, yesterday for
peacefully protesting the presence of military recruiters at City College's
"career fair" were arraigned and released today and charged with misdemeanor
counts of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace,
among other things. Their court date is set for April 5. A press advisory
from today's press conference is below.

Many thanks to everyone who came out to the press conference at very short
notice, including Iraq Veterans Against War, the War Resisters League, the
NY Civil Liberties Union, the Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM) at
City College, the Campus Anti-war Network, the Out Now Coalition, Veterans
For Peace, the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) union of CUNY, the
International Socialist Organization, NYC Labor Against War, the
Neighborhood Defenders Service of Harlem, the Legal Aid Society, and student
activists in general from City College and other CUNY schools. And thanks
to the many more who couldn't make it but expressed their support and
solidarity.

Special thanks to the NY Civil Liberties Union and Victor Paredes for their
amazing help with press which resulted in coverage and presence of reporters
from the New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, WOR radio, News 12/Bronx, the
Amsterdam News, Democracy Now, Pacifica Radio and more.
The students will be discussing strategies for a response over the next few
days and very much appreciate all the support they have been receiving.
They can be contacted at hadasthier@earthlink.net

Please note that a similar "career fair" is planned at Hunter College next
Wednesday, March 16 and the Hunter Campus Anti-war Network and other student
activists plan to go ahead with their protest against the presence of
military recruiters there as well. For more information, email
hfleury@hunter.cuny.edu

Military recruitment numbers are down and protests are up (students
protesting at San Francisco State University just forced recruiters off
their campus yesterday) - we are having an impact! Keep up the good work!

In Solidarity,
Meredith Kolodner
meredithkolodner@hotmail.com


What to DO?

As people may have seen 3 City College Students were arrested and assaulted
by campus security guards yesterday for simply peacefully protesting the
presence of military recruiters on campus. Please take a minute to call
Gregory Williams' office (the President of City College) The number is
212-650-7000, you'll get an operator and ask for the president's office.
You'll talk to a guy named Jacob. They would not comment but said a
statement was coming out soon. Call them and tell them that you are outraged
that the administration is doing nothing to defend the students and that
they allowed these students to be arrested by the campus security, also
known ironically as "peace officers."
thanks,

Monique Dols
CAN Coordinating Committee


Press Advisory
March 10, 2005

3 Students at City College Arrested for Protesting Military Recruiters

Press Contact: Meredith Kolodner (917) 881-3896
Legal Contact: Sean Maher, Darlene Jorif (212) 876-5500

3 students involved in a peaceful protest yesterday were arrested after
security guards assaulted them. About 20 students went to the City College
job fair to protest the presence of military recruiters.

Tiffany Paul, a student at City College, explained, “With 50% unemployment
for Black men in Harlem, and education budgets being slashed on the federal
and state level, the military budget for recruitment is being doubled. Why
should we sign a contract to go kill for oil in order to get an education?”
Robert Rosario, a City College student from the Bronx, added, “The military
almost got me because I didn’t see other ways to get a decent job and an
education. I’m glad I found out before I joined that very few people who
enroll in the military actually get the money and job training they are
promised.”

Twice earlier this semester, students peacefully protested military
recruiters at City College and as a result, the recruiters had to pack up
and leave. This time, campus security was ready for the students who had
announced their intention to protest. With almost as many security guards
as protesters, the security guards began brutalizing and arresting the
students after they had left the job fair.

According to Steve Theberge, the War Resisters League’s Youth and Counter
Militarism National Organizer, "These three students are part of a huge
national trend - in high schools and colleges across the country young
people are protesting the presence of the military on their campuses.
Arresting them for simply pointing out the inaccuracies, mis-truths and
outright lies that are spread by recruiters is shocking, and says a great
deal about how much the voices and opinions of our nation's youth are valued
in this time of war."

This national trend included protests at Seattle Community College and
Southern Connecticut State University which forced military recruiters to
leave the campus. Just yesterday, March 9th, student demonstrators forced
recruiters to leave San Francisco State University. Counter-recruitment
activity and doubts about the war seem to be having an impact. According to
a March 6, 2005, 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."

Hadas Thier, one of the City College students arrested yesterday, said,
“Student activism is having an effect and so they decided to illegally crack
down on us. We have the right to freedom of expression, even if that means
less people join the military. I mean, there’s not a draft, right?”

See photos and accounts of counter-recruitment actions at CUNY, SCCC and on other campuses


NY Times account:

MANHATTAN: 3 STUDENTS ARRESTED AT PROTEST Three students protesting
the presence of military recruiters at a City College job fair were
arrested yesterday after they refused to leave the building where the
fair was being held. A police spokesman said two students - Justin
Rodriguez, 23, and Nicholas Bergreen, 22 - were charged with
assaulting a public safety officer, resisting arrest and other
charges. The third, Hadas Thier, 28, faced the same charges except for
assault. A college spokeswoman, Mary Lou Edmondson, said that the
students were escorted from the job fair because their chanting was
disruptive, and that they had been told that any further protest had
to be on the sidewalk outside. Tiffany Paul, another protester, said
the students had wanted to remain in the hallway outside the fair so
they could voice their opposition and talk to other students.
"Verbally we were very aggressive," she said. "But physically, no."
Karen W. Arenson (NYT)


CUNY President Statement
March 10, 2005

TO: The College Community
FROM: President Gregory H. Williams

As many of you may know by now, three CCNY students were arrested yesterday;
two for assaulting a CCNY Public Safety Officer, and another for obstructing
government administration, after a small group of students was removed from
the Great Hall for disrupting the Spring Career Fair. The peace officer in
question was evaluated by EMS on the scene and taken to St. Luke's emergency
room for treatment; he was released in the late afternoon.

Approximately 700 students came to the Career Fair to present themselves to
62 employing organizations. Among those organizations were the Army Health
Services, recruiting health professionals, and the Air Force, looking for
engineers and teachers. Approximately 15-20 students and three CCNY
faculty/staff came to the Hall in order to demonstrate against the
representatives of the Army and the Air Force. They were instructed by
campus Public Safety Officers that they could attend the career fair, but
that any demonstration must take place outside the building. The group
members entered and, disregarding these instructions, began to protest
loudly inside the hall.

When they became disruptive, they were escorted out of the Hall by campus
security officers. In the corridor outside the Hall, they were told once
again that they were not allowed to block the hallway and must take their
protest outside, where they would be free to continue to express their
opinions. The confrontation escalated and several of the demonstrators
grabbed and hit the officer. At this point, the three students involved in
the attack on the officer were arrested.

The incident is under investigation and any and all allegations concerning
the incident will be fully investigated upon receiving a formal complaint.
Every member of the City College community has the right to voice his or her
opinion; we respect the university's role as a sacred place for competing
and passionately held ideas. This does not extend to the right to disrupt
the ongoing activities of the College, or the rights of other students,
faculty and staff to go about their activities. We will not tolerate any
acts of violence or other violations of campus public safety regulations by
students, faculty or staff. Appropriate action will be taken against any
student or member of the faculty or staff who violate campus regulations,
including disciplinary proceedings and, if necessary, arrest where
warranted. It is essential that all members of the College community are
respected and protected.

[Student Comment: Response from the president of CCNY regarding the protest and arrests.
Big paragraph on consequences for students who breaks the rules.
Absolutely no mention of consequences for armed security guards who beat the
sh*t out of students.]

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