This tour is needed now more than ever. Obama is leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq and escalating the war of terror in Afghanistan by sending an estimated of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan and plans to boost an estimated 92,000 troops into the military. Where will all these troops that Obama is sending come from? The military recruiters have budget of billions to recruit youth who are in high school now. They roam the hallways and lunch-rooms, call students at home, and set up at malls where kids hang out. The military cannot fight this expanded “war on terror” in Afghanistan without this fresh cannon fodder. Military recruiters now have almost unlimited access to reach high school students because the “No Child Left Behind” law ties funding for schools to whether recruiters can get to students.
Since November 24 the WANYS Tour has been to 18 high schools and 5 colleges reaching more than 2,000 students. The tour has hit the Bay Area, LA, Chicago, New York . Most of the schools have been pre-dominently Black and Latino and almost all of them have been working class – exactly the students that the recruiters are targeting. When recruiters come into their school, students need to know exactly what they are being recruited for. Not freedom, not democracy, and not better “career options.”
***There is a $7 cover charge. All proceeds will go to the tour: covering transportation/lodging costs, providing modest stipends to the speakers, producing organizing kits for students, promoting and advertising for the tour and creating T-shirts, buttons and and stickers to spread the word.
As a movement of the people, we rely entirely on your support. Invite EVERYONE!
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Bleeker st. & Houston, across from the old CBGB’s)
East New York, NY