Protesters Declare Thursday Zero Recruitment Day
Update, 5pm: Two arrested, one detained and released at Lynlake recruiting center action. Per police, they are charged with trespassing and property damage. Arrestees taken downtown. Updates as they come in.
On Thursday, April 22, anti-war groups plan to engage in coordinated protests at military recruiting centers across the Twin Cities and in Mankato. Initiated by the Anti-War Committee, participating groups are united in an effort to 1) visibly oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2) expose recruiter lies, and 3) interfere with military recruiting that day.
Billions of our tax dollars are spent on brutal wars abroad, yet at home we’re facing cuts to education, health care, and affordable housing. Military recruiters, who disproportionately target low income people, are using the economic crisis to intensify pressure on vulnerable youth. On Thursday, Minnesotans will say no to war, military recruitment, and cuts to social programs, with a day of coordinated protests.
Thursday's announced events with kick off with a 10am Grandmothers for Peace event in St. Louis Park, followed by actions at the U of M outside a Karl Rove speaking event, and protests at other recruiting facilities in the Twin Cities (schedule below). To follow the events live, follow ZRD on twitter by texting "follow zrd" to 40404. Post your updates and reports to Twin Cities IMC throughout the day.