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On Wednesday, March 9th, students from New York to San Francisco rallied to protest military recruiters on their campuses. The students were expressing their outrage at the military's anti-gay "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the diversion of federal funding away from education into military spending, and the war in Iraq. At San Francisco State University, the administration has responded with police action and secret meetings.

At SFSU over 150 students joined Students Against War -- the school's Campus Antiwar Network chapter -- and other groups to protest Air Force recruiters and Army Corps of Engineers attending a school sponsored career fair. The crowd flooded the fair, surrounding their tables and chanting. When Air Force recruiters tried to wait out the protest, students staged a peaceful anti-war sit-in and teach-in.


The following day, recruiters returned to the SFSU career fair. As soon as two activists entered the career fair, eight police officers forcibly removed them from their own student center, pushing them and twisting one activist's arm. When the other activist asked why she was being forced to leave, she was pushed into a doorway, told she was causing a fire hazard by standing there, and then kicked out of the building.

A number of members of Students Against War have received official notices of appointment from the Coordinator of Judicial Affairs dated March 18, 2005. The letters state that the administration has received a complaint from the Chief of Public Safety and that each student must meet individually with Judicial Affairs the week of April 4th. The letter specifically states that the meetings are confidential and none of the students have been informed of nature of the charges against them. Failure to respond the summons may jeopardize the students status at San Francisco State University.

On April 1, 2005, the six student organizations that endorsed the demonstration (Students Against War (SAW), LA Raza, Voices for Sexual Freedom (VOX), Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE), M.E.C.h.A. and the International Socialist Organization (ISO)) received letters stating that the administration is beginning formal Disciplinary Proceedings. The groups involved may be facing formal hearings as soon as Monday, April 25, 2005.

The university disciplining students and organizations for a peaceful demonstration is unacceptable. The actions of the police and the San Francisco State administration are a blatant attempt to stifle dissent and create a climate of intimidation. The administration is purposely singling out the leading organizers as well as political organizations on campus to prosecute.

San Francisco State University should be ashamed that they are a shell for the US military. They undermine their own anti-discrimination policies and commitments to diversity by allowing a racist, sexist and anti-gay institution to recruit on campus. When the administration refuses to defend it own policies, students are forced to be the moral backbone of the university. The students and organizations, who participated in the March 9th demonstration, where defending their classmates and refusing to let one more person become cannon fodder in an illegal war.

These attacks are an attempt to go after one of the leading campuses in the growing counter recruitment movement around the country. If they can punish students at San Francisco State for protesting, it will be easier to arrest, sanction and intimidate students on other campuses.

We demand that no sanctions be placed on students or groups that helped to plan the March 9th protest.

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  • 16 November 2015200. Suzanne B
    Organization or School В City, State, Country Livonia, MI, USA As a faculty member and part of administration at a public university, I am appalled at the actions taken by the administration at SF State. Reminds me of the bad old days of the 1980s with P
  • 05 November 2015199. Alex A
    City, State, Country Berkeley what the school is doing to these groups and individuals is wrong!
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    Organization or School One Thousand Coffins City, State, Country NY NY
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    City, State, Country san ramon leave the students alone
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    Organization or School UCSC City, State, Country Santa Cruz Please consider your actions against students.
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  • 14 April 2015187. Mike S
    City, State, Country Junction City,Ks USA Do not block people's right to protest peacefully
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  • 03 January 2015185. Albert S
    Organization or School SFSU, BA 1961, MA 1966 As an Alumni Assn. member I see this as a smear on SFSU
  • 16 December 2014184. Barb B
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  • 28 October 2014182. Chris A
    Organization or School Columbia University City, State, Country New York City, NY It is to everyone's advantage that we preserve free speech for students and faculty alike.
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  • 24 July 2014179. Melissa K
    Organization or School Care2 City, State, Country Pa, USA I guess we're all terrorists if we aren't with the republican war machine.
  • 08 June 2014178. Henry N
    Organization or School Freedom Socialist Party National Office City, State, Country Seattle, WA USA We strongly support the students who are fighting back for free speech and urge others to support war resistors in Iraq and the U.S.
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  • 26 April 2014174. Valerie H
    City, State, Country Evanston, IL, USA What happened to Free Speech?!?

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