Marquette Leftists, Muslim Students To Demonstrate Against ROTC
A coalition of campus leftists and Muslim students will demonstrate against Marquette’s participation in the ROTC program this Friday.
The demonstration has been supported by both the Muslim Students Association and the student group J.U.S.T.I.C.E. which have sent e-mails encouraging participation to their members.
Neither, however, is an “official” sponsor of the event.
Apparently the Casa Maria Catholic Worker organization, and an activist associated with that organization (Patrick Kennelly) originated the idea.
The organizers claim:
We will gather from 12 noon-5 pm on Friday October 26 in front of the Marquette University Department of Military Science at 1508 W. Clybourn Ave -- which recruits and trains young men and women to participate in what many recognize as an immoral, illegal and unjust war in Iraq. We will seek the removal of this military/financial complex from this campus.The protesters then promise to march around various campus locations, and demand to speak to Fr. Wild.
Marquette resisted demands to kick ROTC off campus during the anti-war hysteria of the late 60s and early 70s. The University is now run by a much more liberal bunch of administrators, but even so we doubt that demonstrations like this -- or even a sustained movement -- could possibly undermine the program.
Brian Collar, of GOP3.COM, promises to organize a counter-protest.
We expect the demonstration to consist of a modest-sized gaggle of the usual suspects. And we don’t know whether the counter protest will even come off.