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Albuquerque, NM - March 16, 2007 - Young New Mexicans will be marking the 4th anniversary of the Iraq invasion by speaking out against military recruitment in schools. A rally is planned for tomorrow (Saturday) morning at Albuquerque Civic Plaza, followed by a march to the offices of Senators Bingaman and Domenici, and a "Peace-a-polooza" event with live music and speakers at Robinson Park.
March 17 marks the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and a group of young New Mexicans are calling for a full military withdrawal - not only from Iraq, but from schools here at home. Rodrigo Rodriguez with the Southwest Organizing Project believes that's one place military recruiters don't belong, (click to listen Rodriguez-SWOP031607a.mp3 ) "They need to stop targeting our young people in our schools. You know, we're not going to do it anymore, we're not going to fight for their causes. We want to fix our problems that we have here at home first."
A rally to protest the war is planned for tomorrow at 11 A-M in Albuquerque at Civic Plaza, followed by a march to the offices of Senators Bingaman and Domenici. In the afternoon, slam poets and other speakers will share their views on war and military recruitment at a "Peace-a-polooza" event at Robinson Park. Rodrigo Rodriguez claims recruiters have a history of targeting minority and low-income students, (click to listen RodriguezSWOP031607b.mp3 ) "You know we have a long history here of militarization with people of color going into the military here in New Mexico and you know with our long history of nuclear proliferation." Military spokespeople have denied charges of racial targeting and say they only recruit with the permission of school principals and officials. Rodriguez says some local principals have become less interested in having recruiters in their schools.