Sorry State of the Union
If you missed the State of the Union on Tuesday you didn’t miss much. It was mostly vague, with no real steps to implement any of the broad goals that Bush did outline. One of the few concrete plans that came out of Bush’s speech is to follow through on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ recommendation to expand the military by 90,000 troops over the next 5 years. Bush also asked Congress and the American public to give his new plan for Iraq a ‘chance.’ Another chance, despite the fact that military strategists, the Iraq Study Group and the American public are against escalation and believe it will only make the violence worse.
More money for war means less money for education and decreases young peoples access to higher education. A bad economy and unaffordable education are behind the poverty draft, making it easier for military recruiters to enlist our peers with promises of college aid and job training. We need to fund books, not bombs. Check out our call to action for the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Yesterday we bombed Somalia, for the second time this month, under the auspices of the ‘War on Terror,’ which the Bush Administration seems intent on proving that claiming ‘War on Terror’ gives them the power and the right to bomb whomever they want. Establishing precendence that they are the ones to decide when and where we bomb, no matter what country it is, is a way to circumvent Congress’ power and authority to stop current conflict and prevent new ones, AND gives the Administration the political space to bomb Iran whenever they please.
Will you be here in DC this Saturday? Join us in the Youth and Student Contingent! We will be meeting up at the Department of Education at 10:30am. Bring your signs, banners, slogans and chants! Take the Metro Green, Yellow, Orange or Blue lines to L’Efant Plaza. Walk north on 7th St, turn right on Maryland Ave. to the Dept. of Education (1 block). We will leave there at 11:30 to join the march and rally on the mall.
Can’t come to DC? Find info on other events happening in your area or register events you’re already planning!
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