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MILITARY RECRUITMENT - 9/7 JOB FAIR IN THE ASTRODOME


MILITARY RECRUITMENT - 9/7 JOB FAIR IN THE ASTRODOME
NO SCAVENGING THE GULF COAST CRISIS TO BOOST THE DEPLETED RANKS OF THE MILITARY!

Stop the military from preying upon the vulnerable! Come educate youth dislocated from their lives and communities – facing homelessness, joblessness and often hopelessness – about the false promises of recruiters!

Doling out food to the hungry crowds overflowing Houston’s Astrodome, the National Guard has engaged in ad hoc recruiting in recent days. Tomorrow, September 7, 2005, the U.S. military is conducting a Job Fair in the Astrodome in a blatant effort to exploit the despair of masses of Americans evacuated from the Gulf Coast. Once signed up, even if purportedly to reconstruct their region, they could easily find themselves deployed to Iraq, left with medical coverage for only two for only combat-related injury and the expectations for training eviscerated. And if they sign up on the promise of temporary relief, they could find themselves bound for extended tours of duty. Download info from the formidable Counter-Recruitment resources on the United for Peace and Justice site. www.unitedforpeace.org. Come and speak truth to empower! Call for a real jobs program which employs people to reconstruct the entire Gulf Coast region for the benefit of those in need, not to pander to corporate greed!

Point people in Houston: Bill Crosier, Progressive Actino Alliance 713-641-1941 paa@crozierbiomed.com
Renee Fletz, News Director KPFT 713-526-4000
Omowale Luthuli, Office of the Commissioner, Precinct One 713-678-7385
Beloup Parker, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center 713-521-0629
Shana, New Orleans Network/League of Pissed Off Voters shana@indyvoter.org

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This is what I just posted to Congressman Conyer's Blog! (See Bradblog for more information!)

I welcome your comments!

Charlie C.
Dallas TX

Comment #3: hpcharlie said on 9/9/05 @ 2:13am ET...

Dear Congressman Conyers,

Is this not a form a "Martial Law?"

Please investigate this matter further!

Thanks,

Charlie C.
Dallas TX

CNN Reports that Astrodome Is In 'Lockdown Mode'
Guest blogged by David Edwards

CNN's Betty Nguyen reports that Houston's Reliant Center including the Astrodome has been 'locked down'. Without notice, all gates have been locked. No one (including press?) is allowed in or out of the center.

CNN Reports that Astrodome Is In 'Lockdown Mode'
Guest blogged by David Edwards

CNN's Betty Nguyen reports that Houston's Reliant Center including the Astrodome has been 'locked down'. Without notice, all gates have been locked. No one (including press?) is allowed in or out of the center.

I have to tell you about something that's happened right now. We are under a lockdown at the Reliant Center which houses the Astrodome and three of the main shelters.

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As of now there is a lockdown until further notice.

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You're right, it does seem like a pretty extreme measure and actually it happened all of the sudden. All of the gates are locked down meaning that no one can get in or leave this Reliant Park area.

We were really given very little information about this. It's a temporary lockdown but will take place until further notice. We were also told by the Joint Information Center that it's basically to ensure the safety of all the people... There was no mention of people coming here to harass folks...

Video of CNN's lockdown report (Windows Media).

UPDATE: At 11:20am ET, CNN reports that the Astrodome lockdown has been lifted and they were given no further details about the situation.

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