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Apr. 13th, 2006 @ 12:32 pm WAR
We are fighting the ROTC on campus.

They recently became an official student organization and GLBT students are specifically protected in our school constitution, so the 'club' is violating our rules and we are trying to revoke their membership.

We have been getting harassing phone calls and emails. Someone even called using TTY, because that is inherently harder to trace or figure out who it is.

The president of the SGA publicly posted one of our member's email addresses and said 'if you support the military and want to stop this, email this individual' and emails have started to come in that are very hostile and insulting.

The thing is, we are NOT trying to disband the ROTC, we merely wish them to go back to the function they were last year, affiliated with the school, not an official organization, but the republicans are saying 'we hate the military' and 'the faggots are trying to disband the ROTC on campus' which is not true.

War is on.


Update: People have vandalized a poster of ours, we don't know if others have been too yet.
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From:robertliguori
Date:April 13th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Don't give into the temptation to fight fire with fire. Instead, fight it with firefighters. Make as big a stink with the school administration as you need to, and let them handle it. If they are apathetic, that's when you start threatening to talk to newspapers and the like.
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From:pathia
Date:April 13th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
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The school newspaper already has it.
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From:nviiibrown
Date:April 13th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Go for the town paper then
From:studly_tgod
Date:April 13th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Recruiters tried to come onto the UC Santa Cruz campus last year. We all protested, got them to leave (I am on the government's watch list as a result). This year only 2 branches tried to come, apparently.

I feel only pity & sadness for those who hate what they fear/don't understand, what makes them question their own sexual orientation or gender identity. I wish their reaction instead would be empathy for what we have to go through as trans (or G, L, B, I, et cetera). It saddens me that others take my having to transition as a threat/commentary on their own status as male, female, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bi, whatever.

It angers me when friends such as yourself must undergo harrassment that your actions do not merit. I got it for 31 years for looking androgynous. I am sorry that you're seeing/experiencing this sort of reaction. I applaud your group's goal not to get the ROTC disbanded, but just to have them affiliated with the school.

In the end it is as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said: why can't we just all get along?
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From:studly_tgod
Date:April 14th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
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Not all people present at UCSC did that; many reports in newspapers failed to acknowledge that. I was one who did not participate in the mob, as I am opposed to physical force, threats, or even verbal use of force. That type of activism is one I will not be a party to nor support. I did not the day it occured, nor do I today. The actions of those who participated in that are not of activism nor of making a difference; the actions of those are just a hurtful reaction.
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From:azraile
Date:April 13th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Bah..... lol

I'm not nice with it comes to stuff like this....

If I was in your possition I would dig up the artical on the study they did of homophobic people and people that where aresivly hatefull torge GLBT people. In the study WAY more than half (like 70 or 80%) became sexualy aroused when shown homosexual porn vedio's of there own gender. Though hardly any would admit it and said the machines where borken or something ... it was all recorded. lol

I would like find some news artical on it and copy it and post it all over the ROTC office and around it. *snickers*
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From:azraile
Date:April 13th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Then again what that would imply to them would probly be taken rather poorly and could lead to violance x.x

probly wouldn't do it afterall.... but I would defently have gave it a though >.>

From:vulpnikov
Date:April 13th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Wow, people actually get upset over junk like this?
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From:delphshadow
Date:April 14th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
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In the military, the question isn't right, wrong, or capablity. The question is unit cohesion, morale, and other tactical/strategic concerns. The military rightly drops an anvil on inappropriate sexuality within its ranks because they recognize that anything that could distract the soldiers from their mission and purpose puts those soldiers at risk. Even the non-heterosexist may be uneasy around someone of the same gender who might find them physically appealing and this is a form of unncessary distraction. Distasteful as the policy is, it's the only way of satisfying the legitimate homosexual argument for the right to serve without compromising cohesion. You sometimes have to swallow the bitter pill to achieve your larger purposes.
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From:delphshadow
Date:April 14th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
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A lesson one should learn, vindicated through the ages: you can't beat the US military or representatives thereof. You can only beat the politicians that control the military. I wish you ill in your misbegotten quest although I'm not meaning to be malevolent. Unless the ROTC is actively persecuting you (I mean by action, not by presence), you should leave them be just as you would have them leave you be. Fair's fair.
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From:pathia
Date:April 14th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
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ROTC members are the ones that have attacked us verbally and defiled our posters and left harassing phone calls and emails.
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