February 2009 Archives

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by Elaine Brower

On Monday, February 16th about 50 activists decided to take a trip to the Franklin Mills Mall right outside Philadelphia, PA to get their look at a new "store".  "The Army Experience" (AEC), as it is called, built by the taxpayers to the tune of $12 million, attracts local kids to play video games, most of which are high tech simulations of combat situations. 

The group was made up of members from all over the area.  World Can't Wait from New York City and Philadelphia; Delaware Valley Veterans of America; Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW); Veterans for Peace from the Philadelphia area; CodePink Women for Peace; Granny Peace Brigade; and, the Brandywine Peace Center converged on the mall at about 10:30 AM, greeted by a heavier than usual security force.

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video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmxuoVn5i18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyN7oL9zEMM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIeXHlvBVao

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdgLdeRjhLE

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"dying to be part of this country"

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U.S. Military Will Offer Path to Citizenship

Published: February 14, 2009

Stretched thin in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American military will begin recruiting skilled immigrants who are living in this country with temporary visas, offering them the chance to become United States citizens in as little as six months.

Immigrants who are permanent residents, with documents commonly known as green cards, have long been eligible to enlist. But the new effort, for the first time since the Vietnam War, will open the armed forces to temporary immigrants if they have lived in the United States for a minimum of two years, according to military officials familiar with the plan.

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