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(en) US, Kansas City, Local students join campaign to end the war

Date Thu, 06 Apr 2006 11:13:55 +0300


Starting this summer, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS*) chapters,
standing in solidarity with other community groups, will be conducting
a campaign of sit-ins and lock-downs on military recruitment centers,
private military companies, military research facilities, congressional
offices, and pro-war, corporate media outlets all across the nation.
For three years now, we've been carrying signs and attending
peaceful rallies and marches, desperately trying to vocalize our
discontent through whatever channels we may in an attempt to show
the administration that they are fighting an unpopular war and that
we want it to end. Three years later, we're still here holding the same
signs, shouting the same slogans, and raising the same demands.
What we are left with after our pleading and symbolic opposition is
another peace rally and the delusional notion that a few more signs
might finally convince the Bush administration to change its mind
about Iraq.

We've been past due for a very serious reality check.

We are not going to end the war by politely asking the administration
to stop. Our marches and discontent alone have been proven
ineffective, as it has become plainly obvious that the discontent
raised by the American people is of no concern at all to the
powers-that-be in Washington.

President Bush has indicated that he plans to keep troops in Iraq
throughout the remainder of his presidency and is working with both
Democrats and Republicans to keep troops there through the
administration that precedes him. In doing so, he has made clear
that there is no other way to end the war than for Americans to step
in and end it themselves.

Mario Savio once said, "There is a time when the operation of the
machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you
can't take part, you can't even passively take part, and you've got to
put your bodies on the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers,
upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've
got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it,
that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working
at all."

Compañeros, that time is now.

We are standing at a crossroads. The antiwar movement is caught
under the weight of liberal tactics, fighting to end a war that can only
be stopped through radical action. For three years, we have marched
under the banner of UFPJ, International ANSWER, Troops Out
Now, World Can't Wait, and we have yet to see how any of our
efforts have brought us closer to ending the war. Its time for a
change. If the administration won't end the war, we must end it for
them.

SDS will be directly confronting those aspects of our communities
that are allowing the war to continue:

• We will confront the military industry directly, by sticking a
monkey wrench in the industries tied to the military apparatus
(private military companies and military research companies)
through high-profile boycotts, sit-ins and lock-downs.

• We will sit-in on the offices of congressional representatives
that either support the war, or are doing nothing to stop it.

• We will initiate a counter-recruitment campaign that targets the
most heavily recruited areas of our community for sit-ins,
periodically locking down recruiting stations across the country.

• We will seek out dishonest military recruiters and recruitment
operations by teaming up with teachers and community groups
targeted by military recruiters and developing programs for phasing
out recruitment in schools and homeless shelters. We recognize the
role American intelligence agencies play in wars of aggression and
campus repression. Recruiters from the CIA, FBI, NSA and other
agencies have no place on campus. Just as we resist military
recruiters, we will resist all other arms of the American war
machine.

• We will confront corporate media outfits that act as propaganda
outlets for a pro-war agenda in a campaign of counter-propaganda,
while simultaneously promoting free and independent media
alternatives.

• We will actively support and encourage soldiers to leave the
military by any means necessary. Soldier rebellion is crucial to
stopping the American War Machine in its tracks. We will work to
encourage soldiers to refuse to obey orders, refuse to redeploy, to
resist the military, and to organize other soldiers to do the same. We
stand in solidarity with all soldiers who are opposed to war and
aggression.

The Kansas City SDS chapter is one of 13 SDS chapters endorsing
this campaign. To reach the local contact, e-mail Lindsey Walker,
linzwalker@hotmail.com or call (816) 721-7044.
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* Students for a Democratic Society (SDS*) is an
antiauthoritarian anticapitalist network
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