Military Recruiters Alter Strategy amid Evidence of Illegal tactics.
As you may be aware, the Army is taking a day off from recruiting today, to examine its recruitment practices. Allegations, and firm evidence have surfaced recently that some recruiters have illegally threatened potential candidates with indictment and/or arrest if the candidates do not agree to be interviewed. Additionally, as you probably know, students at City College, and across the country have been arrested for legally protesting the presence of recruiters at campus job fairs. A demonstration today at the close of business brings together several groups who oppose campus recruitment. I don’t know these groups personally, and I’m not acquainted with all of their positions. But if you are at all concerned about the war in Iraq, and the mounting deaths and injuries this protest is worth attending.
Please join Code Pink New York, Campus Anti-War Network, NYC Not In Our Name, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, NYC Chapter Veterans For Peace and the International Socialist Organization
Friday evening, May 20th, 5:00 – 7:00
Times Square Armed Forces Recruitment Center
43rd Street and Broadway
On May 20th the Army Stands Down, But We Stand UP!
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command is conducting an Army Values Stand Down Day across the country on Friday, May 20th. The so-called “stand down” follows a rash of complaints that recruiters are resorting to unscrupulous tactics to enlist new soldiers.
A case in point was the threat by a Houston Army recruiter to arrest a local young man if he didn’t report that day to the Army recruiting station. This is only the most recent case: the Army has investigated 480 allegations of impropriety by recruiters since Oct. 1, 2004. Some of these cases are still open while 91 of the 480 allegations have thus far been considered founded. To date, eight recruiters have been relieved of duty and another 98 have been reprimanded by their commands. According to the US Army, “a Stand Down is a time when Recruiting Command takes a pause from the important task of recruiting.”
On May 20th, the Army Stands Down, But We Stand UP!
Stand UP Against Predatory Recruiters!
Stand UP for Money for College, not Combat!
Stand UP against war profiteers!
Stand UP for Paredes and Benderman!
Stand UP for our Troops in Iraq – Bring them home now!
After the demonstration, please come to NYC Not In Our Name’s Resistance Cinema premiere screenings of “Fallujah” and “The World Tribunal on Iraq” followed by a discussion with the directors. These films will begin at 7:00 pm at the Community Church of NY, Gallery Room, 28 E. 35 Street (between Madison and Park Avenues). Admission is free.