Peace Thugs Disrupt Job Fair
Michelle Malkin passes on word of the “peace thugs” who disrupted a job fair at UC Santa Cruz.
Students protesting military recruiters disrupt UCSC job fair (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
UC Santa Cruz junior Jonathan Perez dressed in a suit and tie Tuesday, hoping to impress company recruiters at the campus job fair. But more than 200 student anti-war protesters got there first, storming the Stevenson Event Center, shouting and banging on windows and demanding that military recruiters in the corner of the room leave. The noisy sit-in ended after an hour of chaos and tension when military representatives vacated their posts. Student protesters hugged each other happily after administrators allowed them to hand out information on alternatives to military careers and agreed to a meeting to discuss future job fairs.
Barbara Bedford, director of UCSCÃ¢€™s Career Center, said UCSC complies with a 1995 federal law called the Solomon amendment, which denies federal funding to universities that bar military recruiters from campus. One of the protest leaders contended UCSC should follow the lead of Harvard Law School, which banned military recruiters after a federal appeals court in Philadelphia invalidated the law. The U.S. Justice Department has announced plans to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
UCSC administrators stepped up security at the job fair, hoping to avert a confrontation. Students had to present identification at the door and reporters asking to enter were screened. That didnÃ¢€™t stop the student protesters. About 75 of them pushed their way in, carrying signs and a banner that said “Military Off Our Campus.” They chanted, “Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay. Hey, recruiters, go away.”
Once the doors re-opened, about 500 job-hunting students came in, like Perez, an information systems management major who had waited 45 minutes. “It messed up the job fair for a lot of people,” he said.
Free speech and peaceable assembly are one thing; rioting is another. It sounds like the university at least made an attempt to prevent this sort of nonsense but negotiating with these thugs sends the wrong message. They should have been carted off to jail.