Antiwar Activists shut down Times Square Recruiting Station; Week of
actions vs. Armed Forces recruiting in NYC begins;
3 arrested

NEW YORK – The New York chapter of the War Resisters League kicked off a
week of actions against military recruitment in New York by shutting
down the Times Square Recruiting Station Saturday morning. Three members
of the WRL were arrested, but the recruiting station remained closed for
the rest of the day as the WRL maintained its presence there, joined in
the afternoon by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.

The three arrestees were charged with disorderly conduct and released
four hours later.

The NYC War Resisters League called the week of anti-recruiting actions
“to demand an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to cease
destroying the lives of young people who are sent to war, and to
rechannel the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the military into
programs here and abroad that seek to improve lives of all people.”

Each day for the next week, a different group or groups will take
responsibility for actions aimed at keeping the recruiting station in
Times Square closed, neginning at 9am:

Sept. 10 (Mon.) : NYC Catholic Worker/Kairos Community
Sept. 11 (Tues.) : NYC War Resisters League
Sept. 12 (Wed.) : Witness Against Torture
Sept. 13 (Thurs.) : CodePink/Granny Peace Brigade
Sept. 14 (Fri.) : Movement for a Democratic Society-NYC/World Can't Wait
Sept. 15 (Sat.) : Green Party of Brooklyn/Park Slope Greens

The War Resisters League is an 84-year-old secular pacifist
organization, headquartered in New York City, and is affiliated with the
War Resisters' International, which is based in London. WRL believes war
to be a crime against humanity and advocates Gandhian nonviolence as the
method for creating a democratic society free of war, racism, sexism,
and human exploitation.