The Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Boyle Heights, a working class Latino neighborhood in east Los Angeles, is the largest recruiting center in the country. The center is located one mile from Roosevelt High School, whose 95% Latino student body has been heavily targeted for military recruiting.
On Monday, March 19, activists from American Friends Service Committee and the Los Angeles Catholic Worker, as well as students from Roosevelt High and East Los Angeles City College, will stage a vigil at the recruiting center beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a press conference and nonviolent civil disobedience to block the entrance of the center at 4:30 p.m.
This is an important opportunity for anyone interested in protesting the war in Iraq and the Pentagon's policy of targeting young people of color from poor and working class neighborhoods for military recruiting. The recruiting center is located at 1241 S. Soto Street between 8th Street and Short Street, just south of the 5-10-60 East L.A. freeway interchange.