ST. MARKS’ CHURCH–The National Youth and Student Peace Coalition convened 250 young people here today from all over the U.S., Germany, and France for a day of education, direct action training, music, and spoken word.
“We’re here to help transform the youth anti-war movement into an anti-militarism movement,” said Jason Fults, a member of NYSPC’s Coordinating Committee. “Militarism is an ideology, just like racism or homophobia, that affects young people in this country every day.”
The coalition includes socialist, Communist, GBLT, environmentalist, Muslim and anti-corporate groups. Their foremost demand, the theme of national days of action in 2003 and 2004, is Books Not Bombs: full funding of education at public schools and universities.