Performance Action, Central Campus, Georgia College, 9/20/2007
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The motivation for this action came from the profound sadness felt at seeing a Marine Recruitment booth in the middle of our campus on an otherwise pleasant day in September. Legally we have no choice, but it seems antithetical to the stated mission of the university, and to all we, as an institution, are praised for among our communities. Though one could argue they are simply providing our students with more options for their future, a recruiter's primary goal is to remove the student as soon as possible from this campus, or soon after graduation through the use of monetary incentives, tales of exotic travel and adventure, promises of future education and appeals to one's sense of patriotism.
The booth was drawing almost no attention. In the time spent there in the morning before the performance, a few students spoke to the recruiters, but most paid no more attention to them than to the other student-run booths nearby. Their presence there was a shocking reminder of the thousands of people, Iraqi's, Americans, completely innocent children, being utterly destroyed, emotionally and physically, by a war for oil and strategic positioning in the Middle East. There seemed to be a need to call attention to the recruiters' presence, with the hope that somebody might think about war...this war, all wars, and the carnage and death they require. Some wars may be necessary or just, but this "front line in the War on Terror" is a disgrace to us all. The function of this action was to encourage thought and discussion on the nature of war, on our general complacency, and on our ability to speak up and out if we want to. The recruiters themselves and others that volunteer their service to our country were not the subject of the protest or of the critique.
Several sources (GCSU faculty, staff and students) say it is rumored that the Reaper was a student, a former student, a local unassociated with the university, a professor, etc. There is great benefit in these rumors, because it might occur to anyone hearing them that they too could participate in peaceful actions of resistance or support of things they care about, regardless of their "station," background, or position.
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