Grassroots conservative group Move America Forward, which has spearheaded efforts to shame and boycott Berkeley for the city’s hostile stance toward its U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station, will hold a news conference tomorrow morning, Friday, March 14, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to release a report listing acts of civil disobedience or violence at military recruiting stations across the nation in recent years.
From MAF’s news release:
Move America Forward will provide detailed accounts of these attacks, including photographs and documents, to members of the media in attendance.
A new national television ad campaign calling attention to these attacks will also be unveiled.
Attacks on military recruiting centers include shots fired at offices (as happened in Denver, Colorado), bombs planted (a real one in St. Louis, fake ones in Oregon and the detonated explosion at the Times Square recruiting center), windows smashed, manure dumped on recruiting offices, human blood and feces smeared on the offices, recruiters cars have been firebombed (in Alabama and Maryland).
The acts of aggression against military recruiters are part of a broader effort by anti-war activists called “counter-recruitment.” Anti-war/anti-military activists have explained to Move America Forward that the increase in counter-recruitment efforts stems from frustration with Congress for continuing to fund the missions of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Code Pink and others have indicated that if Congress won’t cut off funding for the war, then they will cut off the flow of available bodies to fight in the war.
Move America Forward vehemently opposes this rationale given the all-volunteer nature of today’s U.S. Armed Forces.
In addition, Move America Forward has also documented discussions by anti-military activists coordinating attacks against military recruiting centers and suggesting ways to reduce the chance of facing criminal prosecution. These findings will also be shared at the news conference.
UPDATE @ 12:50 P.M. THURSDAY: Though I’ve not seen the report yet, MAF spokesman Joe Wierzbicki just sent me a list of recruiting station incidents from recent years. See ‘em after the jump…
Here’s the list exactly as MAF sent it to me:
In Vestal, NY, an incendiary device was thrown at an armed forces recruiting center Toledo, OH – manure dumped on recruiting center. Milwaukee, WI – human feces smeared inside a vandalized recruiting center (that has been subject to multiple acts of vandalism – rocks smashing windows, etc…) In one instance they marched with torches to the recruiting center, set off smoke bombs, and splattered paint across the center. In Rockville, MD, bricks smashed windows of an Air Force recruiting center In NYC, prior to the Times Square bombing, protesters had targeted the recruiting center, shutting it down…rocks thrown at Manhattan recruiting center…and burning rag thrown at Parkchester recruiting center. A San Jose, CA military recruiting center was set on fire. An Asheville, NC center was also set on fire. 8 shots were fired into a Denver, CO recruiting center. In Raleigh-Durham, NC, rocks smashed windows of a recruiting center. In Lufkin, TX, recruiters’ cars were shot at with pellet guns. Hoax bombs were planted at Portland, Astoria, and Salem, OR recruiting centers. A Pipe bomb was planted at a St. Louis, MO recruiting center. A fake bomb was also planted at a Stamford, CT center. In Washington, DC, hundreds stormed the recruiting office at 14th and L and ransacked the office, detroying property. In Silverdale, WA, an antiwar protester slashed 42 tires on recruiting vehicles.