Photos © by Bud Korotzer

Commentary by Chippy Dee, Photos by Bud Korotzer

On Tuesday, July 14th, in front of the Hilton Hotel in NYC members of the World Can’t Wait, youth from the Ya-Ya Network, and their allies had a press-conference and demonstration against military recruiters being invited to the career fair at the 100th Anniversary National Convention of the NAACP. The message was that young people need money for school and decent jobs, not the “opportunity” to be killed or kill others in two illegitimate occupations or to be associated with torture or abuse of detainees in Bagram or Guantanamo.

Over 1000 people, including Howard Zinn, Cindy Sheehan, and Michael Parenti, petitioned the NAACP asking them not to give military recruiters access to their young people. The NAACP rejected their plea.

While some demonstrators stayed outside the hotel with signs others went inside to talk to recruiters and hand out leaflets explaining why military recruiters should not be there.

There was about 56 exhibitors at the fair. This number includes recruiters from the Air Force, Air National Guard, Army, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Contract Management Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Missile Defense Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Navy Recruiting Command, Secret Service, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Marine Corps ‘Civilian Marines’. In addition, there were military contractors like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

Most attendees ignored the demonstrators while others were very supportive. And when demonstrators inside spoke to the non-military recruiters, telling them they were glad to see people offering jobs that wouldn’t endanger anyone’s life the recruiters were very appreciative.

When security at the career fair saw people handing out anti-military recruitment leaflets they were told that they had to leave immediately or the police would be called. One of the participants, Sara, put her leaflets away and said she wouldn’t hand them out anymore but was told she had to leave anyway. When she asked why she was being thrown out security just kept repeating “You have to leave”. No explanation was given. Afterwards she said that she felt something important had been accomplished. We made our point and our presence known to both the attendees and the recruiters.

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  1. July 16, 2009 at 13:13

    This is sick. But then again, America has always targetted the minorities to die for their idiotic “no win” political agendas. Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan soon to be Iran………

    Like everything else, the rich escape and the poor and minorities become cannon fodder

    so sad

  2. skulz fontaine said,

    July 16, 2009 at 15:14

    There you go, NAACP is finally mainstream.

  3. aufzuleiden said,

    July 16, 2009 at 15:30

    Many of the aforementioned organizations target their recruiting directly at the low-income, ‘minority’ filled areas for the simple reason that these are the people most likely attracted to the ‘benefit’ packages offered by the services – education grants and promises of ‘training’ that will lead to ‘future employment’ – all of the things that young, disenfranchised youth want to hear when they cannot find a job that even pays the minimum wage.

    Of course, when you die before the completion of your ‘contract’ the probability of receiving a college education is reduced dramatically … sort of like giving Penicillin to a dead horse. It may be good medical practice for fighting infection, but it won’t save the patient.

    The only discernible difference from the NAACP fair and ‘real life’ recruitment is that organizations like the CIA, FBI, and NCIS are less likely to seek ‘inner city’ kids as these groups (CIA) still tend to recruit from the top graduates in their class (colleges and university – law officers for FBI and Naval personnel for NCIS).

    Other than that … everything seems to be … ‘business as usual’.

    In all seriousness, what do you expect? You are, after all, living in America – it is still, from what I’ve heard (up here in Canada) the ‘land of the free’, free to recruit the fodder for their war machine.

    God bless America … well … don’t feel compelled to, or obliged … on second thought … don’t bother.


  4. Lou Whit Taker said,

    July 16, 2009 at 16:19

    You have a better chance of avoiding a bullet fighting in Iraq than you do living in some ghetto areas in the USA. Not trying to be racist here. Just stating facts.

  5. robertsgt40 said,

    July 16, 2009 at 16:28

    The poor and uneducation always make good canon fodder. Since the economy is doing so well, these kids may see few other options. We are now in moral and financial bankruptcy.

  6. medicis said,

    July 16, 2009 at 16:36

    Yes, ‘aufzuleiden’ … I won’t bother to ask God to bless America …. I have the feeling God doesn’t look favorably upon militaristic, murdering hegemonic empires. Nor favorably upon those who serve them. Even if you are simply a cook in the Navy, you still serve murder, rape and theft.

    as an aside, isn’t Jessie Jackson a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the NAACP?

  7. Reality Bites said,

    July 16, 2009 at 22:02

    Reality Bites. And the reality of the NAACP having been started by a group of white, so called “Liberal” (whatever that means) “Elite” should be enough to explain everything you see in the above article. Not to mention it’s first presdident, Joel Spingarn, was a spy for militarty intelligence and gave the names of all of the black members to the army. To this day, the highest medal that the NAACP awards anyone is it’s spingarn award; named after a lying, cheating, double-crossing intelligence operative.

    Given this reality, does any of this surprise you now? Most of the “Directors” of this organization either belong to the CFR, Tri-lateral, or the boule, which is the African-American equivalent to skull and bones. Ahh, reality really bites..

  8. Cadavre said,

    July 17, 2009 at 03:29

    There’s government money in selling ideas that others hate you because you’re a different color or different creed.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) accuses FBI paid hate monger, Hal Turner, of being an FBI Informant. To any who breathe air, that understatement is little more than a mastery of the obvious.

    But the SPLC , is, itself, an FBI paid informant. Where as Hal Turner sells hate for the FBI, the SPLC sells removal of the 1st amendment as protection against hate.

    The SPLC also played a role in encouraging alleged Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy Mc Veigh to complete his mission:
    “On May 5, U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball ordered the FBI to turn over un-redacted copies of two teletypes sent by Freeh to a select group of FBI field offices, including the OKBOMB task force in Oklahoma City. Kimball’s order also included instructions to perform an extensive search for other records involving McVeigh, his alleged co-conspirators and informants working for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    The paper reported that, according to a Jan. 4, 1996, teletype, Freeh disclosed the Southern Poverty Law Center had an informant at the white supremacist Elohim City compound when McVeigh called the facility requesting assistance with his plans. The teletype said the call was made on April 17, 1995 – 48 hours before a truck bomb destroyed the Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 persons and injuring 500 more. ”

    This whole hate – anti-hate industry waltz is a fabricated theater of the absurd to divide us. And the NAACP, is dancing the dance with Hal Turner, the SPLC to help create and maintain the mistrust and fear that gives cause for so much of our harvest and blood to be deposited into their accounts.

    From the NAACP:
    “The number of hate groups operating in the United States continued to rise in 2008 and has grown by 54 percent since 2000 – an increase fueled last year by immigration fears, a failing economy and the successful campaign of Barack Obama, according to the “Year in Hate” issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report released today.

    The SPLC identified 926 hate groups active in 2008, up more than 4 percent from the 888 groups in 2007 and far above the 602 groups documented in 2000. A list and interactive, state-by-state map of these groups can be viewed here.

    As in recent years, hate groups were animated by fears of Latino immigration. This rise in hate groups has coincided with a 40 percent growth in hate crimes against Latinos between 2003 and 2007, according to FBI statistics.

    Two new factors were introduced to the volatile hate movement in 2008: the faltering economy and the Obama campaign.”

    We can’t call Obama a genocidal murdering maniac for all the glory he’s signing off on in Pakistan, Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan because that would be racist.

    There profit in fear mongering – and we can thank the good tax payer funded efforts of Hal Turner, the SPLC and the NAACP for creating and nourishing this absurd industry, along with the ADL and SWC, the Agences of the Federal Government, the US Executive Branch, the US COngress and the US Supreme Court and their bailed out facilitators in mainstream media (GE got a 138 Billion Bailout Bucks – GE owns NBC! The create the news that sells all them Gatling guns mounted on GE Turbine Powered Apache Helicopters!).

    Thanks and a tip of the hat to the hate and fear industries in the good old USA!

    “Bruuuu Haaaa” to all the hate and fear industries this era of “hope for change sucka” has delivered to our moment!

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