SHUT DOWN THE ARMY EXPERIENCE CENTER

June 11, 2010

Media Coverage of AEC Closing

Filed under: End of the AEC,media — Tags: — mermaid @ 3:54 pm

Flashy Army recruitment center in Pa. mall closing

http://www.ksro.com/news/article.aspx?id=2326460

By KATHY MATHESON Associated Press Writer

The Army is shutting down a flashy, high-tech information and recruiting center inside a mall, calling it a successful marketing experiment even as it attracted protesters and video-game enthusiasts as much as potential soldiers.

The Army Experience Center will close July 31 after nearly two years at Philadelphia’s Franklin Mills Mall, military officials said Thursday.

“It’s been a great success,” Army spokesman Brian Lepley said. “Basically it’s mission accomplished.”

The $12 million center opened in August 2008 with interactive video exhibits, nearly 80 video-gaming stations, a replica command-and-control center, conference rooms, and Black Hawk helicopter and Humvee combat simulators.

Since then, the center has hosted about 40,000 visitors and enlisted 236 recruits, Lepley said.

It was also repeatedly targeted for protests by those who said the Army’s use of first-person-shooter video games desensitized visitors to violence and enticed teens into the military. Anyone over 13 could play games, though the most graphic ones were restricted to those 18 and older.

Lepley said the demonstrations had nothing to do with the decision to close the center, but activist Elaine Brower, of Staten Island, N.Y., said she was thrilled. She had been particularly galled by the center’s mall location, between a skateboard park and an arcade.
“We really consider this a major victory for us,” Brower said. “We are happy that they are not going to be in the mall.”
Billed as more than a recruiting station, the center was designed to teach any curious mall shopper about the Army.

Officials initially said it might be replicated in other parts of the country. But as the recession set in and unemployment rose, enlistments increased and the Army began spending less on marketing.

Yet the Army Experience Center provided valuable information on how to connect with a generation used to getting information from computers and mobile devices, Lepley said.

Touch-screen kiosks showing the location of global Army posts and a “career navigator” displaying the service’s jobs and salaries proved popular and will likely be used at recruiting stations and ROTC schools, Lepley said.

“We can’t just print brochures anymore,” he said.

The Army had closed five traditional recruiting stations when it opened the center. It’s now planning to open a pair of more modern recruiting offices in nearby Levittown and northeast Philadelphia, Lt. Col. Chris Belcher said.

The offices will have some elements found at the Experience Center, including gaming stations and a more casual atmosphere with informal seating, as opposed to the old-fashioned desk with chairs on either side, Belcher said.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Army Experience Center in Northeast will closeBy Edward Colimore and Nicole Lockley, Inquirer Staff Writers

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/home_region/20100610_Army_Experience_Center_in_Northeast_will_close.html

The $12 million, one-of-a-kind Army Experience Center in Northeast Philadelphia will close July 31, ending a high-tech marketing program that exposed tens of thousands of people to the military and the possibility of service.

At the Franklin Mills center, visitors engage in mock missions aboard a full-size humvee and two massive helicopters equipped with Disney-grade simulators. The facility has touch-screen computers that detail Army job opportunities, salaries, educational benefits, and base locations around the world.

For all its costly gadgetry, the two-year pilot program was not intended to be permanent. It was designed to determine the most effective tools for public outreach, Army officials said.

Now, the center’s time is up. The Army is expected to make an official announcement about the closing on Thursday. A news conference at the mall site is planned for Friday.

The center “did what it was supposed to do. It was a success,” said Brian Lepley, a spokesman for the Army Accessions Command, headquarters for Army recruiting. “Senior Army leadership up and down the chain of command decided it would not be continued.”

Parts of the center, such as the touch-screen computers, may turn up at recruiting stations. Some stations have expressed an interest in the simulators.

“The biggest part of this was using the technology,” Lepley said. “Recruiters have used tricolor brochures, but that doesn’t work with the digital generation. We have to keep up with the way people get their information.”

The center tested computer technology “and we may get that into recruiting stations. There are hundreds of them across the country,” he said. “But we’d have to figure out what the cost would be and how to field it.”

The Army also could decide to put another such center in another area of the country.

Philadelphia’s 14,500-square-foot facility opened in August 2008. At the time, said one top Army recruiting official, the Philadelphia metropolitan area and most of New Jersey had “the lowest propensity toward military service in the nation.” New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles also were challenges. The center was viewed as a possible prototype.

Since then, recruitment in the region has increased, possibly because of the lack of jobs in the recession as well as the impact of the center. In the immediate Philadelphia area, recruitment is up at least 15 percent, the Army said.

“I believe the Army Experience Center has helped introduce people to the Army,” said Lt. Col. Harry T. Woodmansee, commander of the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion at Lakehurst, N.J.

“It’s put the Army in touch with the public,” he said. “It’s a fun, easy, hands-on community outreach. I think it will have a lasting effect.”

More than 40,000 people have visited the center, Lepley said.

“It wasn’t a recruiting station,” he said. “If the kids showed up, brought their parents in, and played video games, it still exposed them to the Army. It was an outreach to the American public.”

At least 236 people joined the Army through the center.

Antiwar protesters staged several demonstrations at the site, sometimes drawing hundreds who objected to the simulators, which they said glorified killing and presented stereotypes of enemy forces.

The Army’s lease at Franklin Mills is up on Nov. 30. Closing the center early will allow for dismantling, packing, and shipping of its furnishings and equipment. The Army Recruiting Command is developing a plan to reopen recruiting stations in the area.

“The Army Experience Center validated a lot of our assumptions about what the public knows and feels about the Army and how to help them connect with the Army,” Lepley said. “It helped us learn to reach younger Americans on their terms with relevant technology innovations.”

On Wednesday, Jorden Tracey, 16, a 10th grader from Northeast Philadelphia, dropped by the center after school.

“It was fun. The simulators are fun,” said Jorden, who said he is not considering a military career. “I only come for entertainment.”

Another 10th grader, Rossini Pierre, 16, of Northeast Philadelphia, said he thought about joining the service, “but my parents say it’s dangerous.”

Some visitors have made the choice to serve – even if it’s not with the Army.

“I come for entertainment and I come to learn,” said Barry Jones, 18, a member of Junior ROTC at his high school who lives in the city’s Mount Airy section. “After college, I want to go to the Coast Guard.”

June 10, 2010

Peace Groups Permanently Shut Down the AEC!

Press Release
June 10, 2010

Army announcement made just days before planned protest. Several large demonstrations, non-violent civil resistance, and regular vigils contributed to its demise

Franklin Mills Mall, Philadelphia, PA – A coalition of thirty peace groups has proven triumphant in their goal of forever shutting down the “Army Experience Center” in a suburban shopping mall in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported today that the Army plans to permanently close the facility. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/96031939.html

After almost two years of glorifying the “Army experience” and U.S. wars through video and war games, the Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Malls announced it will shut down on July 31, 2010. The $13 Million, 14,500 square foot Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall boasts dozens of video game computers and X-Box video game consoles with various interactive, military-style shooting games. The facility has sophisticated Apache helicopter and Humvee simulators that allow teens to simulate the killing of Arabs and Afghans. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Rob Watson compared the Army Experience Center to “a heavy dose of candy cigarettes.”

Dozens of local and national peace groups joined the “Shut Down the Army Experience Center” effort in January 2009, soon after the heavily marketed Center got national press coverage. The mall was the site of several protests of hundreds of people, with more than a dozen arrests.

Six of those arrested were acquitted by a Philadelphia trial judge on May 24, 2010, and prior to that at a trial last year, six arrested were also acquitted.

Elaine Brower, one of those arrested twice, whose son joined the Marines at age 17 and served 3 tours in Afghanistan & Iraq, became a vocal opponent of the AEC. She said today, “This is a victory for the entire peace and anti-war movement. The team work and coalition building that was accomplished led to our success. We were relentless in our struggle to shut this center down, and we did it strategically. As they say “a people united will never be defeated!”

When the center opened the Army announced it was designed as a pilot program and would decide whether to launch them nationally. As recently as August, 2009, however, Jared Auchey, Company Commander at Franklin Mills, was boasting of the center’s “success” and claiming others were being planned.

Former US Army SSgt. Jesse Hamilton, now a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, stated today, “By portraying war as a game, the AEC glorified violence to our children and disrespected those Soldiers who gave their lives in combat. As a combat veteran, nothing makes me happier than to know that the AEC will no longer have the ability to corrupt our children’s minds and disrespect our deceased war heroes.”

Bill Deckhart, Coordinator of the BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action stated, “I am just elated. Being a peace activist we don’t get a lot of wins so we must savor this victory. There’s still lots of work to do and we need to help create a world that can be peaceful and does not need to think about military recruiters and sending people to kill or be killed for corporate profits.”

The Army is planning an official announcement today and a news conference tomorrow, before another large demonstration planned for Saturday.

A Peace Walk will be conducted on June 19th. More information posted below.

June 8, 2010

JOIN US ON JUNE 19th

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Along with our partners in the United for Peace & Justice – Delaware Valley Network, we are planning a demonstration at the Army Experience Center (AEC) on Saturday June 19, just before the official start of summer that will include a march to the AEC within the Franklin Mills Mall. So far we have speakers from the Latino Alliance and also the former leader of the Bucks County NAACP. Oscar Castro, of the counter-recruitment/Youth & Militarism at American Friends Service Committee, is also tentatively scheduled to speak. You may know that military recruiters are specifically targeting Latino Youth now.

This event is open to all and we are looking for input and participation from other groups. We really would love to have some students come and speak. With young people getting out of school for the summer we would like to focus on them not spending their summer in war games at the AEC with the recruiters, and to not graduate to a future of militarism and war.

Please contact us if you are interested in participating in the planning of the event or if you know of someone that would like to speak. We have suspended the monthly vigils in favor of hopefully larger called demonstrations in order to press our demand that the AEC be closed and our appeal that people not shop the Franklin Mills Mall until the AEC is out of there. Please put Sat. June 19, Noon on your calendar and plan to join us at the corner of Knights & Woodhaven Rds.

From the SEPTA Frankford Terminal take Bus #84, www.septa.com, which stops right at the corner of Woodhaven & Knights Rds). Join us at the rally, before taking our demand to the Mall: Close the Army Experience – War is No Game.
Peace,
Cathy Leary
BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action.

May 25, 2010

Victory, again! Defendants Aquitted in trial for protesting AEC

Filed under: Breaking News,media,September 12 — Tags: — mermaid @ 3:28 pm

Posted on Mon, May. 24, 2010

Judge acquits Franklin Mills antiwar protesters
A Philadelphia judge on Monday acquitted six New York City antiwar protesters charged criminally Sept. 12 in a demonstration outside the U.S. Army’s high-tech Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall.

Defense attorney Paul J. Hetznecker said Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon acquitted the six of charges of conspiracy and failure to disperse during a protest by about 200 demonstrators at the Army exhibit and recruiting center. Hetznecker said video of the six activists showed them disbanding and leaving before they were arrested.

The $12-million Army facility, part of a program to help the Army meet recruiting goals, has drawn crowds because, in addition to recruiting information, it offers computer games and sports television. Antiwar activists, however, object to the weaponry simulators that are popular with teens but which protesters say glorify killing and stereotypes of enemy forces.

- Joseph A. Slobodzian

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20100524_Judge_acquits_Franklin_Mills_antiwar_protesters.html

April 14, 2010

A Nice Spring Day At the Army Experience Center by John Grant

Filed under: 7th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion,March 20 — Tags: , — mermaid @ 7:53 pm

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About 40 people took a few hours of their day on Saturday, March 20th — the eighth anniversary of the “shock and awe” bombing of Baghdad — to drop in on the Army Experience Center, located next to Dave And Busters fun emporium in the Franklin Mills Mall. The Philadelphia Police Department Civil Affairs squad was out in force, but everything was cordial and there were no arrests. The AEC was closed to visitors because, as I was told by an AEC officer before hand, there was “a special event for future soldiers.” I looked but did not see anyone who fit that criteria inside the $13 million center that utilizes an array of state-of-the-art computer games and shooting simulators with human targets to sell kids as young as 13-years-old on the Army Brand. What the Center does is sell Militarism the same way Disney sells distraction and fantasy. It is noteworthy that counter-insurgency theorists like Generals David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal emphasize how important it is in counter-insurgency warfare to control a culture’s “grand narrative.” In traditional cultures this involves myth and stories that tell a people who they are and how they fit into the world. In a consumer culture, the grand or master narrative includes aggressive brand marketing like that pumped into kid’s brains at the AEC. These days, there is so much pro-militarism messaging going on a kid really doesn’t have a chance. 

Before the march to the AEC, Iraq veteran Jesse Hamilton spoke to marchers at the Sunoco station at Knight and Woodhaven Roads. He told the group that he had experienced combat in Iraq and the loss of good friends from war violence, and that what the AEC was teaching kids had nothing to do with real “experience” in war. The “experience” in ARMY EXPERIENCE CENTER amounts to games that may jack up a kid’s hormones and excitement level, but it tells him or her nothing about what to expect one the contract is signed and the kid is looking at deployment. 

It was an incredibly beautiful Spring day, and the stroll to the mall was pleasant with lots of enthusiastic shouts of “Close the AEC” and “War Is Not A Game!” It was good to see old friends in what is becoming a small community of Americans willing to take some time to register how troubling places like the AEC are in today’s militarized culture. Of our two hot wars, one is in full occupation mode and the other is in full escalation mode. Our leaders seem to have no clue how to respond to problems other than by the use of military threat or force. It is sucking the nation dry of resources that could be used to re-invest in jobs, infrastructure, education, alternative energy and a long list of neglected things.  

Basically, it was 40 Americans calling for a cultural mix that focuses more on life, less on death — or as Chris Hedges sketches it out using the old Greek terms in War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, a culture with more eros and less thanatos.  John Grant

 No one ruminates on this theme better than Walt Whitman. This is from “By Blue Ontario’s Shore”: 

 Oh I see flashing that this America is only you and me,

Its power, weapons, testimony, are you and me,

Its crimes, lies, thefts, defections, are you and me.

The war, (that war so bloody and grim, the war I will henceforth forget), was you and me,

Natural and artificial are you and me,

Freedom, language, poems, employments, are you and me,

Past, present, future, are you and me.

I now know why the earth is gross, tantalizing, wicked, it is for my sake,

I take you specially to be mine, you terrible, rude forms.

(Mother, bend down, bend close to me your face,

I know not what these plots and wars and deferments are for,

I know not fruition’s success, but I know that through war and crime

your work goes on, and must yet go on.) 

Links to other AEC resources:

www.peacecoalition.org

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March 5, 2010

JOIN US ON MARCH 20th

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Save the Date… Saturday, March 20, 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.

Delaware Valley Regional Demonstration
7th Anniversary of the Iraq War & U.S. occupation
It’s Time to Stop the War(s) and End the Militarization of Youth

 Jobs Not Wars

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It’s Time to Close the Army Experience Center

Over the past year, as part of the United for Peace & Justice—Delaware Valley Network’s campaign to close the Army Experience Center (AEC) located in the Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia, there have been regular protests and a monthly vigil (3rd Saturday of the month) at Knights & Woodhaven Roads, urging people not to shop the mall until the AEC is closed. In keeping with the importance of the date, March 20th, there will be a regional rally featuring speakers and music followed by a dramatic memorial and protest in front of the Army Experience Center, marking the anniversary of the start of the war and U.S. occupation of Iraq

Vigil Rally Memorial Protest  
Saturday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Army Experience Center/Franklin Mills Mall
Knights & Woodhaven Roads, Northeast Philadelphia


Rally Speakers include:

Jesse Hamilton, former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in Iraq, adviser to Iraqi Army in Fallujah, ‘05-‘06.   
Music, bell-tolling and reading the names of Philadelphians killed in Iraq and recruited through one of the recruiting stations merged into the Army Experience Center
     Jobs not Wars — Close the Army Experience Center!  
- Join us in memory of all the war dead
  – Join us in saying ”NO!” to the war(s) and the militarization of youth 
- Join us in demanding the Closing of the Army Experience Center.



A number of SEPTA (www.septa.com) buses leave from the Frankfort Terminal for the Franklin Mills Mall.  SEPTA bus #84 stops right at the
corner of Knights & Woodhaven Road, before reaching the Mall.

For more information:  Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818, www.brandywinepeace.com  Coalition for Peace Action Coalition, (609) 924-5022, www.peacecoalition.org  BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, 215-380-6804, www.cfpabuxmont.org

More on the Army Experience Center, including directions to the Franklin Mills Mall, at http://www.peacecoalition.org/component/content/article/39-cfpa/133-demonstration-at-the-army-experience-center.html

November 30, 2009

COURIER TIMES REPORTS ON AEC ACTION November 29, 2009

Filed under: action to shut down #3,Don't shop the mall,media — mermaid @ 9:28 pm
PHILADELPHIA – Protesters took advantage of the busiest shopping day of the year to take a stand against the Philadelphia Army Experience Center.
Members of the United for Peace and Justice-Delaware Valley Network gathered at Franklin Mills in Northeast Philadelphia Friday to urge a boycott of the mall until the 14,500 square-foot technology and education center is shut down.

Local peace groups have held several protests of the center since spring, and recently drew a crowd of hundreds of supporters.

The latest effort on Friday was relatively small, but at least 20 members of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Civil Affairs Unit hovered around the protesters in case any large unruly crowds were to form.

About 20 people gathered for an hour-long vigil on a busy street corner near the mall to hold signs that read “War is Not a Game – Shut down the Army Experience Center.” The group then moved into the mall to talk to store managers about supporting their cause and ended with a public statement in front of the center, which was closed Friday.

“I think the AEC is an obscene effort to militarize the imaginations and consciences of young people. Kids as young as 13 go in there and are able to hold machine guns and stand on Humvees,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action, which is one of 90 organizations in the Delaware Valley Network. He’s also a pastor at East Brunswick Congregational Church in New Jersey.

The newspaper was unsuccessful in reaching an Army Experience Center representative for comment on Friday.

The purpose of the center is to provide people an accurate sense of what the Army does, the center’s commander, Capt. Jared Auchey, said in late October.

More than 14,000 people have visited the attraction since it opened about 15 months ago, he said. Visitors can discover Army careers, explore the latest communications technologies the Army uses and jump into high-action mission simulators.

The center is a 2-year pilot program the Army is using to analyze its marketing and recruiting strategies, according to the Web site.

Hands-on virtual reality experiences and simulations allow users to see, touch and learn firsthand what it means to be in the Army, according to the center’s fact sheet.

To participate in the center’s activities, visitors must be at least 13 years old, and many gaming activities are rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, as stated on the fact sheet.

But games that expose children to war situations manipulate them into thinking that war is glamorous, said Bill Deckhart, a coordinator for Coalition for Peace Action.

Recruiting adults into the Army is fine, but the experience center should be called a recruitment center so children don’t think it’s all fun and games, he said.

“It’s an enticement center. If they didn’t allow 13-year-olds in, then it would be better. Right now it’s just dishonest,” he said.

Most passersby outside the center said they weren’t familiar with the center. However, 17-year-old Rolland Collins of Philadelphia said he’s had a good time there.

“It’s fun. It gives you the real experience. You can hang out and play games with your friends,” he said.

The Black Friday vigil won’t create results overnight, but it’s a first step to launching a “Don’t Shop the Mall” campaign of public protests and vigils, Moore said.

Protesters gave store managers letters urging them to convince mall owners to oust the center. On the other side of the letter is a pledge shoppers can sign to stop patronizing the mall until the center is gone.

Managers took the letters, and some said they would think about it, said Moore.

In the Gap store, a manager who didn’t want to give her name said she would pass the letter to her own superiors but added that she could do nothing else.

After a while, mall security stopped the group from talking to managers because they were seen to be soliciting, said Moore.

Continuing to put economic pressure on the mall could be the solution to closing the center, said Robert M. Smith, the coordinator and co-founder of the Brandywine Peace Community.

On Sept. 12, the Army announced it would no longer export the Army Experience Center pilot project to other parts of the U.S. Smith believes the peace protests were responsible.

“Past demonstrations have been louder and longer, but the point of this one is to be more communicative with stores and the public. Now we have to keep the pressure on,” said Smith.

Want to know more?

For more information about the Army Experience Center, go to www.thearmyexperience.com. For more about the peace groups and their programs, go to Coalition for Peace Action Web site, at www.peacecoalition.org.

Successful Action to Shut Down The AEC on November 27

Filed under: action to shut down #3,Don't shop the mall — mermaid @ 9:17 pm

Letter given to Store Managers:

United for Peace and Justice-Delaware Valley Network (UFPJ-DVN)
c/o Coalition for Peace Action
40 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 924-5022

cfpa@peacecoalition.org
www.peacecoalition.org

November 2009

Dear Store Manager in the Franklin Mills Mall,

I am writing on behalf of United for Peace and Justice-Delaware Valley Network. We are a regional network of over 90 organizations that are collaborating and networking on peace and justice projects in the Delaware Valley Region.

You may be aware that starting this spring, we began a Campaign seeking to close the Army Experience Center (AEC), which is located in the Mall. We feel deeply, as a matter of conscience and decency, that it is wrong and immoral to entice children as young as 13 by glamorizing war and violence, as is done in the AEC.

To date, our protests have consisted of Vigils outside the Mall, and a few larger Marches and Rallies that have started elsewhere and ended up in front of the AEC. While the Army has announced that it is dropping plans to export the AEC nationally, it is still operating the one at Franklin Mills Mall at this time.

We have contacted the Mall owners to express our deeply felt opposition to this recruiting effort that includes allowing young children to hold weapons, enter Humvees and other military vehicles, and play violent video games that target racial minorities. To date, we have received no response to our letter.

We are therefore approaching you to seek your help in urging the Mall owners to cancel the lease of the AEC and evict them. We feel it is not only immoral, but bad for business for you as the manager of another store in the Mall, to allow them to remain. We urge you to contact the Mall owners to strongly register your opposition to allowing the AEC to remain in Franklin Mills Mall.

We are beginning a Campaign urging shoppers to refrain from shopping in stores in Franklin Mills Mall until the AEC is no longer there. We are inviting shoppers to sign the pledge on the reverse of this letter. We have no intention of hurting your business, but as a matter of conscience are urging shoppers to use their power as consumers to press the Franklin Mills Mall to evict the AEC.

We want to be open about what we are attempting, and would welcome your support for this effort.

Sincerely, on behalf of UFPJ-DVN,

The Rev. Robert Moore (609) 924-5022 Work; (609) 924-1206 Home; (609) 937-6931 Cell

Bill Deckhart and Cathy Leary  (215) 380-6804

Robert M. Smith (610) 544-1818 work; (484) 574-1148 cell

November 18, 2009

JOIN ON “BLACK FRIDAY” November 27th

Filed under: action to shut down #3,Don't shop the mall — mermaid @ 6:38 pm
Don’t Shop the Franklin Mills Mall til the Army Experience Center is Gone!
“Black Friday” – November 27, Noon
Join the Vigil to Close the Army Experience Center
& Launch the Don’t-Shop-the-Mall Campaign
Knights & Woodhaven Roads, in Northeast Philadelphia 

 

“This is so cool! This is so cool!” a thirteen-year-old boy repeated as he squeezed rounds from a real M-16, picking off “enemy combatants” in a video game while perched atop a real Army Humvee. “I just came to the mall to skateboard but everyone said this was pretty cool. …”  This is how the U.S. Army recruits at its large Army Experience Center, located in the Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia.  The Army Experience Center at the Franklin Mills Mall teaches children war and violence, luring them into the ways of  militarism, through a computer or simulation game.     
 
War is Not a Game, and neither is the Army Experience Center at the Franklin Mills Mall.  In this season of peace, join the campaign to close the Army Experience Center. And publicly sign the Don’t-Shop-the-Mall Pledge.
At noon on Friday, November 27, the busiest shopping day of the year, known as “BLACK FRIDAY”, join the noon vigil at the corner of Knights and Woodhaven Roads, to let thousands of shoppers on the busiest shopping day of the year know that we’re not shopping the Mall, and are encouraging others to do the same, as long as it is home to the Army Experience Center.  Walk with us to the Franklin Mills Mall to the let store owners and Mall management know that they have the power to Close the Army Experience.
Public transportation, visit www.septa.com.  From Philadelphia’s Frankford Terminal take the #67 or #84 bus. The #84 bus which runs hourly on saturdays to the Franklin Mills Mall passes right in front of the corner of Knights & Woodhaven Roads.
Organized by the United for Peace & Justice – Delaware Valley Network
Contacts: Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818;
BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, 215-380-6804
Coalition for Peace Action (Regional Office), 609-924-5022
www.peacecoalition.org   www.cfpabuxmont.org  
 

 

October 17, 2009

The Humanist

Filed under: Breaking News — mermaid @ 2:13 pm
The Humanist – a magazine of critical inquiry and social concern
Source: www.thehumanist.org
“This is so cool! This is so cool!” a thirteen-year-old boy repeated as he squeezed rounds from a real M-16, picking off “enemy combatants” in a video game while perched atop a real Army Humvee. “I just came to the mall to skateboard but everyone said this was pretty cool. …
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