Anti-recruitment rally

It’s a poverty draft. The military targets people of color in working class areas for recruitment. This ANSWER LA Youth and Student rally was held at the Military Entrance Processing Center in the heavily Black and Latino South LA. It’s no accident this is recruiting HQ for all of L.A.

Two speakers said that they’d been at this very building eleven years ago, how recruiters pursued them, fed them a string of lies about how wonderful things would be in the Army. (Imagine what the recruiting lies are like now.) Both eventually saw through the ruse and said no. But too many others say yes, and some of them are coming home in body bags now.

One fascinating note: Generally when we have a street corner demo, at least some driving by will scream insults at us. That didn’t happen this time. Lots of people honked in support and no one, absolutely no one, was hostile…