Plastic carried a story about California school children being REQUIRED to attend an assembly, in lieu of normal school activities, held by antiwar protestors.
“Anti-war activists and pacifists spoke to between 5,000 and 10,000 students in sessions that replaced the normal class schedule for 30 schools in Oakland, California,” writes ms_sue_collins. “One speaker brought a bottle of sludge that he said represented the water that Iraqi children must drink because the U.S. bombed treatment plants; another brought a box of medical supplies that she she said she had tried but failed to take to Iraq a few years ago; and a storyteller read 'peace stories' to elementary school children. Mary Prophet, one of the organizers, said that the teach-in was held before the anti-war demonstrations in order to 'develop an awareness' so that the kids and their parents 'could join us at the march.' Dan Siegel, the school board member who proposed the event, received unanimous support for the event from the school board. San Francisco's board of education has approved its own day of 'discussion.'”