It is a rare treat when something makes you take notice of something new.
This past fall during the national war protests, I got to see FLOBOTS in Denver, Colorado.
Let me just say that although I was impressed then, I only got to see a partial band performance, with not all of the members. Since then, I have seen them on Denver Open Media which seeks to grant us all access to the tv airwaves - something I think is truly important to reclaiming our democracy. FLOBOTS is now getting some airplay on the radio, and well, if you have missed the bands that spoke to truth to power, then check these guys out.
It is most important to notice that the first time I got to see them is when they were speaking out at a war protest.
Here is Johnny 5, at that protest.
Props to CSACTION for the excellent video coverage (my sound did not turn out as well)
"Cloud Cover" and my favorite, "Iraq/Iran" at 5:50 in the clip
It's Really A Quagmire
Follow up - our interview of the Iraq Veterans Against the War Rocky Mountain Organizer, Jared Hood.
Question - How did you get involved?
My job in the reserves, at Fort Carson, was taken from me, by the Department of Defense Contractors, and I began training Blackwater security to do military police operations in Iraq. That started to embitter me because I knew that they were going to get paid $120,000 over there. They (Blackwater) were laughing, it was just a big joke to them, most soldiers serving over there are pulling in $12.00 an hour.
While you were there (at the IVAW 2nd Annual Conference) you guys actually staged an action. What happened with that?
It became clear to us that our main focus should be a "Truth in Recruiting" campaign. We were looking at military age kids 17,18,19 years old and really focusing on talking to them about the truth in recruiting. The fact the military promises so many things that they are never going to get.
(while at the conference) We found out that there was an African American Job fair, a Black Expo. We scoped it out we infiltrated it and passed out fliers...
Mentioning what the fallacies recruiting tactics are?
Right, basically "do you know enough to enlist?" That the military promises these benefits, the GI Bill, but only 20% of the Veterans, statistically, have actually gotten their GI Bills. The fact that they promise health care, that the military as an institution breeds homophobia, racism, and sexism.
We all rallied similar to our military excercises and our squad leader asked us.
"Iraq Veterans Against the War, what have you learned?"
"WAR IS NOT A GAME!"
Because one of the armies newest recruting techniques is they have a video game called "America's Army" which is a violent video game where you shoot people.
To try and work in the "cool factor" of going to war?
Exactly, we were able to successfully shut down the 2 recruiting tents that they had set up.
In some other documentaries we have seen they actually are setting up recruiting places where there is lack of employment, lack of opportunity, and recruiters are trained in how to pull in young people...
People call it an all volunteer Military. That is a fallacy. It is actually a "Poverty Draft" where they are actually drafting in poverty stricken regions.
War is not a Game!
Use your tools,