Protest NAACP Inclusion of
Military Recruiters @ 2009 Convention
6 July 2009.
Why is the NAACP Hosting Army Recruiters at its National Convention?
Howard Zinn and hundreds of others sign letter to the NAACP asking them
to dissociate from the Army Strong Tour.
The 2009 National Convention of the NAACP in New York City, July 11-16,
will feature the Army Strong "Strength in Action" recruiting tour, and
US Navy recruiters.
The convention's theme is "100 Years of Bold Dreams & Big Victories."
What does the US military's mission have to do with bold dreams for
humanity, and victories for the people?
Join in the protest:
Saturday July 11: 11am - 1pm as the convention opens @ New York
Hilton/Marriott Marquis Hotel 6th Avenue between 53/54 Streets
Monday, July 13 10am - 12 noon Rally & Press conference
AND When Barack Obama speaks at the convention Thursday July 16, we'll
be delivering an anti-war message outside to the media and the public.
9:30 - 12 noon.
Read a letter to the NAACP leadership from an NYC high school student.
June 17, 2009
Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP
Dear Mr. Jealous:
My name is Iliana C. I am an intern at “The World Can't Wait,” a
national anti-war organization. I recently found out that you hosting
the “Army Strong” military recruiters at your 2009 NAACP celebration in
New York City the weekend of July 11th.
It is unacceptable that the NAACP, which has historically played such an
important role in the struggle for racial equality and human rights,
would encourage Black youth to join the military which will turn them
into war criminals and cannon fodder for these racist, unjust wars.
Just because we have a president who is African-American, we cannot be
sucked into the sugar-coated hypocrisy that the United States is
spreading democracy and freedom to the Middle East by murdering,
bombing, torturing and terrorizing the countries and the people who live
there. For instance, since Obama became president US air strikes have
killed hundreds of Afghani and Pakistani civilians, including women and
Despite what Obama says, the escalating war in Afghanistan is not the
"good" war. It is the same war that started under President Bush, and it
is for the same reasons. I demand to know why you are allowing
recruiters to come to your celebration. This war goes against NAACP's
whole vision of "ensur(ing) a society in which all individuals have
equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination" (NAACP
If you want that kind of world you have to fight for it on a global
scale, not from only a national perspective. American lives are NOT
worth more than Iraqi or Afghani lives! If we truly want to end racism,
and ensure a future where all men and women are equal, we must stop
thinking like Americans and start thinking about humanity.
I strongly suggest you cancel the military recruiters at your
celebration. Please contact me or “The World Can’t Wait” at
Sincerely, Iliana C
New York City High School Student
SIGN the peititon to Benjamin Jealous, CEO of the NAACP, below.
To Benjamin Jealous
President & CEO
NAACP National Office
We call on you to dissociate the 2009
NAACP National Convention from hosting or supporting the Army Strong
national recruiting tour. The Army Strong tour schedule lists county
fairs, malls, and sporting events as part of the military’s $5 billion
recruiting effort to increase the size of the US military.
It’s bad enough that military recruiters,
through the “No Child Left Behind” law have virtually unlimited access
to students in public high schools, roaming the halls and lunchrooms,
and the corners after schools. But it’s completely unacceptable, and
shocking, that your organization, identified for many decades with
fighting for the civil rights of oppressed people, is participating in
the expansion of a military machine involved in two illegitimate
occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and associated with torture and
abuse of detainees in Bagram, and mass civilian deaths.
The NAACP took historic action, and real
risks, to create a movement to stop lynching in the United States. It
fought in the courts for basic rights of the people. It’s fighting for
justice for Troy Davis and to stop his execution. Why is it willingly
providing the military access to youth and students at this important
Bring your convention policies in line
with social justice, and don’t offer up more fodder for these unjust
wars. Dis-invite the Army Strong tour and the US Navy recruiters.