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(en) US, Vermont Activists Shut Down Military Recruitment Centers for a Day

Date Wed, 12 Dec 2007 17:52:55 +0200

Vermonters Rally to Stop Lies, Save Lives Demanding an End to Predatory Military
In Schools and the Unjust and Immoral War in Iraq ---- Williston, Vermont--On
the heels of a campaign launched earlier this week from the halls of Mount
Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vermont, a crowd nearing 75 on Friday,
united under the banner, “Out of our Schools – Out of Iraq,” and successfully
closed down recruitment for the afternoon in Williston, Vermont. ---- “The ‘Out
of Our Schools—Out of Iraq’ campaign raises the bar for students opposed to the
war and military intimidation in our schools. ---- Today we said NO to lies that
got us into this war, and the lies that entrap youth into fighting and dying. We
shut down recruitment at all 5 branches of the military today, beyond our goal
and just the beginning.

This action was a huge success and we invite students throughout
Vermont and across the country to join us, to stand up, stop lies, and save
lives!” said Emily Coon of the MMU Peace Club.

Jaz Whitney was one of 3 minors cited with trespassing at the office in an act
of civil disobedience and explains, “Not one but two recruiting offices were
shut down for the day, we gained great visibility, and our
voices and messages were loud and clear. The situation inside the
recruitment office was nerve-racking, but I wasn’t going to back down from
something I believe in. This is a great segue into other actions, we will stop
this war and get the military our of our schools.”

Matt Howard, of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was one of a dozen
activists who held their ground inside the Vermont National Guard office and was
eventually dragged out by police.

“Organizations that wage wars based on lies and deceptions will lie and deceive
you. We as IVAW fully support these students and will fight with them again and
again for their rights to have a military free education and to stop this war.”

“Out of Our Schools – Out of Iraq,” is a campaign that does not end in Williston
today, organizers are clear that Vermonters opposed to this war will continue to
challenge the war and the military coercion of our youth even more directly in
the future.
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