Thursday, July 28, 2005

Anti-Militarizationin Schools Meeting on Friday 7/29

Friday, July, 29, 6:30 pm
Youth Activists of Austin is opening up their
July 29 meeting to the community to help plan a march calling for the
demilitarization of high schools (can extend to colleges as well) on
Sept. 17 (date open for discussion). Come help plan and/or lend your
organizational name in endorsement. Contact Will at 731-4293 or
LOCATION: Maplewood School - outside near the side entrance steps (on
E. 38 ½ St., 5 blocks east of I-35, at the railroad tracks)

Youth Activists of Austin, focusing on anti-war and anti-recruitment
efforts, meets on Fridays. This group is exclusively run by and for
high school activists to organize.


At 9:46 PM, Blogger Stacey said...

Hi everyone,

I attended the Youth Activists of Austin planning meeting for the Sep. 17th march on Anti-Militarization of Schools. Here are some of the highlights.

When: Sep. 17th(that's a Saturday)-gathers at 4:00pm, march begins at 5:00pm

Where: Republic Square Park downtown by 5th street. The route goes by AISD headquarters passing by, I think, GSDM advertising, and ends up at City Hall

The "tagline" is "Students, Not Soldiers: A March for Military Recruiters Out of Our Schools."

There was some debate about whether or not to advertise for a "limited" presence or to just go for the gold, so to speak. The decision was that school time is for education, not recruitment. Military recruiters out all the way.

The students and other attendees were very excited about our group's efforts to support anti-militarization of schools. Here are some ways we can help:

1. They really need help gather a roster of representative speakers. They are going to discuss this at the next meeting. Youth Activists of Austin meets every Friday at 6:30pm, same site, Maplewood Elem.

2. They want to raise awareness of NCLB and its connections to military recruitment, so I told them about the flyer we were trying to produce. Since we are trying to get that ready for back to school nights (Aug. 11th and beyond), that should be available to hand out at the march, right?

Okay, that's about it, for now.
They also want music for the end of the march. DJs, anyone???

Thanks, I can't really commit to a huge personal volunteering effort for this march. I committed to working with the Webb cadets issue, so I hope some of you will be at the next meeting!

Thanks again!


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