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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:37 AM
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High school students win right to counter-recruitment table
The controversy began last fall when a group of Kennedy students, opposed to the Iraq war and the periodic appearance of military recruitment tables at their school, decided to challenge the recruiters. The teens organized a local chapter of the organization Youth Against War and Racism (YAWR), which provides young people with the other side of the story regarding the realities of war.

After a series of meetings, they decided to set up a table opposite the military recruiters in the cafeteria during school lunch on Dec. 8 of last year. The teenagers tabled next to the military representatives and, on that day alone, collected more than 100 signatures on a student petition to stop military recruitment at their school.

When they prepared for the recruiters' next scheduled visit, however, they met some opposition from administrators. Students must apply for a cafeteria table and put up fliers, and while their last fliers were approved immediately, their next application for nearly identical fliers took two months, students said. Then, the day before they were to host a table, the students were told their organization would not be allowed to set up a table. Administrators were unable to forbid the students from holding a teach-in later that day, however.

"We were told that we would be suspended for three days if we tabled," said one student. YAWR members soon heard that representatives of the American Legion, which donates heavily to the school, came to visit Bloomington Schools Superintendent Gary Prest and Kennedy High School Principal Ron Simmons, threatening to stop donations if the pro-peace group was allowed to recruit.

http://www.pulsetc.com/article.php?sid=1678
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:41 AM
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1. The shows determination
My hat would be off to these young people (if I were wearing a hat, which I'm not).

Bryant
Check it out --> http://politicalcomment.blogspot.com
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:51 AM
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2. My son told me that they have been sending female military recruiters
to his school. I asked if the recruiters had any takers, especially since this is a big Republican area. He said business looked pretty bad.

The Young Democrats Club is out-recruiting the Young Conservatives Club at his high school. I think kids are starting to pay attention to politics again.
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:56 AM
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3. I hope these young people run for office some day. nt
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:10 AM
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5. Yes, they showed quite a bit of political savvy
by issuing a press release and soliciting help on-line for people to call the school to voice their disapproval. They EMBARRASSED school officials into doing the right thing.

I love how the superintendent said, "We have raised students to be independent, critical thinkers, and responsible adults; I applaud these students." But originally, they threatened the students with suspension.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:02 AM
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4. I admire and respect these kids
I have a very special fondness for students seen as "agitators" by all the right people.

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DistressedAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:14 AM
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6. I Was Fighting These Same Fools In High school!
Edited on Thu Mar-03-05 10:14 AM by DistressedAmerican
I saw the other night on Bill Maher that large percentages of high school favor cracking down on dissent in America. I can't remember the numbers exactly but my favorite line:

"You are supposed to be raging AGAINST the machine not FOR IT!"

Glad to see some of these little buggers can still think for themselves!

Here's some more little bugger work for ya:
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