WASHINGTON - March 3 - Young people at schools in more than 25 states nationwide will demand that the Bush administration address the needs of students and youth on Thursday, March 4, the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition's (NYSPC) Books Not Bombs 2nd National Day of Action.
" Youth and students refuse to let Bush make schools his battlefields," said Jason Fults of Philadelphia, a national NYSPC organizer of Books Not Bombs.
Planned actions range from citywide rallies of high schools and college in communities such as Chicago, to teach-ins, mock funerals and student assemblies at more than 70 campuses nationwide.
Jay Kozel, a high school junior organizing events in Des Moines, Iowa, said, "As voters, youth and students will hold Bush accountable for his actions." Youth and students say they are countering the Bush administration's continuing attack of youth and civil liberties, highlighted by the recent subpoena of Drake University in Iowa for anti-war organizing and U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige's branding of the National Education Association as "terrorists".
One year after the American occupation of Iraq, national and local youth organizers say they want the Bush administration to refocus on the growing needs of people in his own country on education, civil liberties and demilitarization at home.