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Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
10 Jan 2006
This spring will be the fourth spring of the war and occupation of Iraq. The fourth spring of bombs over Baghdad and body bags full of young Iraqis and working-class Americans. The fourth spring of tyranny and torture in the name of freedom. The fourth spring of the armed robbery of the Iraqi people, and the poor people and young people of Boston. So this spring, we, the Free Youth Network, ask you to join us in a campaign of nonviolent direct action to confront, disrupt, and break down the war machine. Right here in our own communities.
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OPERATION: OVER
http://operationover.freeyouth.net/
operationover (at) hush.com

A Call for a Spring of Resistance to the War Machine in Boston.

This spring will be the fourth spring of the war and occupation of Iraq.

The fourth spring of bombs over Baghdad and body bags full of young Iraqis and working-class Americans. The fourth spring of tyranny and torture in the name of freedom. The fourth spring of the armed robbery of the Iraqi people, and the poor people and young people of Boston.

So this spring, we, the Free Youth Network, ask you to join us in a campaign of nonviolent direct action to confront, disrupt, and break down the war machine. Right here in our own communities.

We call for a direct action campaign targeting all local links to the war and the forces behind it, from the military recruiters occupying our schools to the authorities planning a bioweapons lab in Roxbury to the corporations profiting off the murder of a people from their offices downtown.

For years, the masters of war ignored us as we marched and rallied in circles. But today, with resistance rising across the land, now is the time to up the ante and stop them in their tracks.

These actions will be unlike the usual demonstrations. They will be sustained and persistent. They will give us, not disappointment about our impact, but energy for more and confidence in our own power.

We intend to force the powerful to blink. We intend to show that continuing the occupation will only give them an ungovernable people and a tide of dissent that will disrupt business as usual this spring.

Now is the time to show glimpses of the other world that's possible.

Now is the time to declare the operation over.

Conceivable actions could include...

a mass day of action + citywide student strike on the anniversary of the war - blockades and shutdowns – site occupations – picket lines – disruptions - workplace actions – educational actions – media actions - arts actions - neighborhood assemblies – memorials – festivals – street theater

This campaign will be organized horizontally, non-hierarchically, and inclusively. We will make decisions together, striving for consensus, in a spirit of solidarity. We envision a coalition of folks ranging from youth and students to workers to community activists.

The kickoff meeting of the campaign will be a Boston Consulta on Thursday, January 19, beginning at 6 pm at 45 Mount Auburn Street, just blocks from the Harvard Square T. We hope to see you there.

This will be followed by a Regional Consulta in Hartford, CT, on Saturday, January 21, where we will meet with others mobilizing for direct actions against the war machine throughout the Northeast this spring.

The Free Youth Network is a network of anarchist youth groups and individuals in and around the Greater Boston area, organizing around the issues that affect us. www.freeyouth.net
See also:
http://operationover.freeyouth.net/

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Re: Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
10 Jan 2006
Interesting reading. The part about the occupation of schools by recruiters is funny.
Re: Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
11 Jan 2006
No, it ain't funny. Not one bit.
Re: Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
12 Jan 2006
In Lowell, MA, a young lady was sent home for wearing camo, and the faculty said it was associated with gang garb. Well there's only one gang of ruthless killers that wear anything like that in the schools....
Re: Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
12 Jan 2006
I would love to see all kids that wear camo be sent home to change. That was one of the negative side-effects of Desert Storm. Camo all around. My young ones don't and will not wear it unless they raise there right hand solemly swear to protect the constitution of the United States. Ideally, every student would be in blue/black pants/skirt of any type and a CLEAN white shirt/blouse of any type.
FYI - 95% of the time you see a Recruiter any where, they are in Class A's and not camoflage. Also, I have spoken to many, many students and NOT ONCE did I witness the occuaption of any school by Recruiters. Granted, they are INVITED to attend college fairs but they are not there that often.
Silly!
Re: Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
12 Jan 2006
veteran: dress codes suck. students hate them sooo much. my high school enforced a strict dress code and was even thinking of requiring a uniform, but they knew that the students would flip their shit over that. they're just unnecessary, restrictive, and annoying. it seems like their only purpose it to rub it in students faces that the administration has authority over them, when everyone already knows that.

and yes, recruiters are sometimes invited into high schools, but this decision is rarely a democratic one (and most of the time the people who it affects the most, the students, don't have ANY say at all).

in my high school a teacher called the police because she thought a school shooting was going down because she saw a student running down the hall with a rifle. it turned out he was an ROTC kid late for class and he didn't put on his uniform yet. ROTC kids would march down the halls with their rifles at 7:45am when people were just getting to school and it was scary as hell.

sure, there was controversy. the right winger students liked the recruiters and ROTC and everyone else hated them (actually, i know some anarchists at my high school who took ROTC so they could get in shape and learn how to shoot guns). the administration of my high school was forced to let veterans against the war set up a table next to the military recruiters, but that's just because i went to a decent high school.

overall, most students don't want military recruiters in their school and have to wage huge fights to kick them out, and occasionally they're successful. it's not about a majority thing- it's about if there are students that know how to and are dedicated enough to campaign against the recruiters. i think a big problem is that there's no degree of democracy in schools whatsoever, and that "student governments" don't actually have any decision-making power and are just popularity contests, and they spend their time organizing prom.

and recruiters are fucking annoying too. they tried like hell to get me to join ROTC when i was going into 9th grade, and they constantly give out "money for college" shit to the poor kids who can't afford college. no child left behind gives contact information about every single student to military recruiters now too, which is also bullshit and undemocratic.

if the US government wants a volunteer army, they should let people volunteer for it instead of pressuring and harrassing and economically coercing them to join, not to mention lying to them and downplaying how bad war actually is. and lots of veterans are treated like shit nowadays too, so they don't even deliver on their promises.

and, i like camo. if i were part of a gang i'd want my colors to be camo too.

operation: over is gonna be awesome.
Re: Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
12 Jan 2006
You should never run with a rifle.
Violent Latioan Scumbags
12 Jan 2006
I wonder if a white liberal youth lay bleeding and dying in an alley between two abandoned factories from a gunshot wound from a violent Laotian scumbag coke dealer, would he feel that tiny twinge of guilt at his own racism?
Re: Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
13 Jan 2006
you have kids veteran? how do you explain to them that you can't ply with them because you're busy harassing people online?
Re: Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
13 Jan 2006
Noah Profile Element: Resentment over Parental Neglect.
Re: Operation: Over - a spring of resistance against the war machine in boston
13 Jan 2006
Sadly, you are wrong and misguided yet again. I take great pride at being a wonderful parent. Quite honestly, there is nothing better than raising wonderful children. You would be hard pressed to find a better Dad than I. :) Sorry to upset you - but it's true.

What does that have to do with anything even remotely close to what is being discuused here?

As for Michan's response. I was in a high school today as a matter of fact. Speaking with kids and I did ask them about a dress code. Keeping in mind that I did NOT mention uniforms. I mentioned colors but not styles. Clean pair of blue jeans and a white shirt does not really constitute a uniform does it? Half of the large group of students raised their hands and said they would be OK with that. As for Recruiters, not one single student had a problem with recruiters visiting the school during a college/career fair. Many students expressed interest in the military and if you attend a college fair lately you will see that the recruiting table gets quite a bit of interest. College money you mentioned? Working on my SECOND degree free of charge thanks to the United States Military. I do pay for my books during the summer semester but that is it. Not bad is it?