Peace Groups to Target "Army Experience Center" in Philadelphia
Hundreds to descend on suburban shopping mall on Saturday, May 2nd to decry Army pilot program that entices teens with violent video games
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - Organizers of the May 2nd
demonstration at the Franklin Mills Mall in northeast Philadelphia are calling
on protesters to congregate at 1:00 pm on the parking lot of St. Luke's United
Church of Christ, 11080 Knights Rd in Philadelphia, less than a mile from the
mall. Demonstrators from a coalition of 35 national and regional peace groups,
including the Student Peace Action Network and the American Friends Service
Committee's Youth & Militarism Program, will march along Knights Road to
the mall’s entrance in an attempt to serve a criminal complaint on the
Army Experience Center, and the mall's parent company, The Simon Property Group,
The Pentagon is committed to establishing Experience Centers in
malls across the country. The $13 Million, 14,500 square foot facility at
Franklin Mills Mall boasts dozens of PC's and X-Boxes with various interactive,
military-style shooting games as well as Apache helicopter and Humvee
simulators that allow teens to simulate the killing of Arabs and Afghans, or
"Haji's" and "Ragheads" as local youth refer to "the
enemy." One Philadelphia columnist has referred to the center as a
"heavy dose of candy cigarettes."
They're teaching 13 year-olds to kill. Demonstrators from DC
to New York are committed to stopping this sinister practice.
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