Harlem Marches and Rallies Against Military Recruitment

Harlem Marches and Rallies Against Military Recruitment

Harlem Marches and Rallies Against Military Recruitment

Harlem Marches and Rallies Against Military Recruitment

Harlem Marches and Rallies Against Military Recruitment

Harlem Marches and Rallies Against Military Recruitment

Many came with their drums and in costumes. Gathering at Marcus Garvey Park to remember the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. And from a call to action to bring our troops home now. Buses arrived Saturday morning carrying protesters from out of state. The mobilization was organization by the Troops Out Now Coalition. At a stage on the northwest side of the park at 124th and 5th Ave. Speakers stood in front of a crowd of people holdings signs and flyers. After Lynne Stewart addressed the audience the Secretary of City College spoke who was arrested with two students for protesting against military recruiters on campus. Ms. Langley said that when the machine gets to oppressive “To put the bodies against the wheel and break the machine.†Another speaker stated that military recruiters enter the community like “Gangbusters†and spread repression in communities of color. The rally then preceded to march to a armed forces recruiting station on 125th St. in Harlem. Where the crowd chanted “Armed forces out of Harlem, Armed forces out of Harlem!†Hadas Thier, one of the City College students arrested for protesting against military recruitment took the podium next. She empathized that students will we not be used as “Cannon Fodder†and led the crowd into chanting “Money for school not war†Charles Barron a NYC City Councilmember also spoke in front of the Military Recruiting Station .While the assembled protest extended all the way east from Malcolm X Blvd along 125th to Madison Ave. The march then turned on to Lennox Ave and headed south towards Central Park and the East Meadow. The march was disallowed form going onto 5th Ave because of a Mayoral decree. And the procession stretched slowly along until 102nd St and the entrance to the East Meadow. Many people were already there welcoming the march while Patty Smith sang on-stage. And there were many placards to be distributed among all the people streaming into the park. The speakers took to the stage and the meadow was crowded while the hill overlooking the stage had many laying on the grass enjoying the first weekend of Spring.