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and founder of the a stick of peace project i'm fighting against militarism against the war and my son alberto sweat as does so a lot of us died on march twenty seventh two thousand and three he was not an american citizen no he was the first american soldier from mexico to die during the invasion of iraq was. chase i'm fighting to avoid the next war to keep other young people with hopes and dreams. like my son hey so it's going from being grabbed by the claws of american militarism. it is from each i fight for p.c.'s for the us. to mr. that is between you.
skinny guy nice big will use here let me then use plain. so many of my lap you send down your back my son died on the run don't agree you don't agree with the lover of him my son is in the arena i don't know what is crap we are going to be for years there's. going to be even my sony if marine died in iraq i need peace off if you do original films. but he will always be remembered. yes. i repeat. independent i support the war in my opinion to the necessary that i support the marine corps specifically but beneath. all that. through the boys. we will serve to ensure you will often feel left out for the rest of.
that yes the emphasis on the it was. a little they told him that if he and rolled in the u.s. army later if he could join the drug enforcement agency and become an international police officer back. to that issue would we made the decision to move to the u.s. under pressure from pesos and alleviate the only. just beginning for they wanted to join the u.s. army and. just thought oh this is who we sold our home and our laundering business in tijuana and we started a new life here because i don't and we have enough akki. she said but he exercised kept his weight studied to get good grades and then when it's going to be. for going to a recruiter told him if he served for just one year get out of it qualify for the da. so i finally give my consent to feed him and he enlisted when he was seventeen
as an embedded journalist going to the unit i met his views on the very first day of the war going to go. he was part of a two man sniper team just hours before the invasion he climbed a guard tower in the kuwait iraq border to search for a rocky mine layers on the other side. you know. to get you. to exactly one week after we shot this video zeus was killed when he stepped on an unexploded u.s. artillery.
place and day i want to tell you about my son his source or so i mean you might identify with that. and last year he was born here in t.o. wanna just he went to los alamos grade school. i think that he enlisted with the marines before september eleventh. i had to give my written consent because he was just seventeen in the house. that's the legal age for enrollment in the u.s. army. the iraq war began on march twentieth. on the twenty eighth just eight days later three soldiers came to see me. they called me at work and i came home. and they said mr
suarez your son is a hero but you know he died tonight in the battlefield the iraqi soldiers shot him in the head. i swear to those words destroyed my life. but that is the three days later a journalist called me. and you said mr suarez they lied to you and your son wasn't killed by the enemy so he was killed by friendly fire in ca explain what happened. it is during the night of march twenty sixth. planes twenty thousand cluster bombs. anything to see it on march twenty seventh my son's unit marched on baghdad.
and he stepped on an american cluster bomb. i mean nobody's paying me to talk to you no matter what i do will never come back. i mean my grandson will never see his father again. but in each of your faces i see hey. i visited more than five hundred schools around the world. but just to go to the next generation at the us. must have your say this only you can save your life but a soreness. thank you. for this.
secret laboratory to mccurry was able to build a new most sophisticated robot which fortunately doesn't give a dollar amount anything turns mission to teach music creation why it should care about humans and. this is why you should care only. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realized everything you thought you don't know i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture.
and fight for calls. these young people should not. be. were on day four of the peace march that we began in tijuana on sunday. so you can see he will walk ten to fifteen miles a day everyone's welcome not just latinos everyone who supports peace i start coming up with a. thousand. now who are who he.
was i. guess. her her. people around the world are very interested in us and chicanos and she got us why because a lot of us are fighting and dying in iraq right now a lot of our party and there's a you all may know are in the military. we were record to create jobs so that latino's don't have to serve in the u.s. army and. we try to tell the truth about military service. because the recruiters painted distorted picture of it.
so it is it is for. her her. or her. literature and chicano studies. about the mexican americans in california. i meant for non those warres del sol are in two thousand and three just after his son's death as we will. that's when we begin to work on ways to counter military recruitment. i mean this means a lot somy because i'm a vietnam vet. a slave it on the vietnam. look ystem was in one nine hundred ninety doring the clinton administration the military realized there were
a lot of young latinos they could target for recruiting and in most books the most on us in quantity. so most latinos. because. you could give iraq war put pressure on the pentagon to step up recruiting and. not be. that because so they targeted people without immigration papers. and those like you know steve and. i moved a lot of kids arrived without papers but they grew up here and they took a santiago new cells in need of inclusion and they went to school here that he was there bilingual and bicultural somebody who died. last week as the schools must give recruiters their students' names addresses and phone numbers and this.
way. the less is willing to sink in if they refuse and will they lose their federal funding. so the pentagon has direct access to all these young people. are going to be. there's no family privacy. recruiters call them up every night he run meant they lost brothers he spun out latino parents are up against recruiting drives all over this country in a place. that was. of the. in the if i. was. one of thomas but alice like where in front
of san ysidro high school just three miles from. me. and military have an office inside our uniforms. and here ninety percent of the students are latinos. of c.d.'s i stand of the instructors some courage the kids to train as junior reserve officers they. are going to be so many that he is on that that means you're going to end recruiters finish the job listing them in the army. you think they know they have. gone figures tell us that latinos and african-americans serve in the lower ranks of
pono died for like total died for a war that should never have been fought for a cause that never existed. and for an enemy that was never there. when total left here is a young adult he went to the states looking for a change in his economic status and he looked for a better job better life. what tono was always looking for was family ever since i took tone on being that seven years old he had this whole inside is hard that he was looking for family and it was it was it was it was bleeding in his heart
because he was so. longing for his mother and for a father who loved him for his sister who had gotten separated with i think total fell for the whole idea of joining the marines and i'll be one be proud be you know fall in love will give you a family. not only was he one of the first americans to die his killed by friendly fire. tony was a very smart boy who was a genius i mean he really was tonal was a genius tono was creative thoughtful pensive he wrote poetry. one of the most incredible kids i've ever raised in raising eighteen thousand. and.
my concern. was to get this good looking kids' health back to get him back into school and to me it was obvious he was living on the streets get him off the streets and. the boys every now and then as i've been raising them through all the years they say wouldn't it be great to go to the states and i say no you're not going to get a visa you don't have land you don't have bank accounts you don't have a job you don't have family they're not going to give you a visa make your future here. and i always discourage that because it's very very dangerous and once you're there you're going to get the dirtiest most paying unskilled jobs that nobody else wants make you future here and to hear what.
tono threw out to me a couple trial balloons that they were going to split and i said don't. another couple trial balloons don't. know where his tone i haven't seen him for a couple days. he takes. he probably hitchhiked up to the mexican border illegally crosses the mexican border from guatemala into mexico and keeps going. to the. next thing i know i'm in my office in bismarck north dakota. my on line a comb my yahoo account news flash first soldier killed the squad i'm on or. hope i didn't know. click on it comes up good looking. for centanni of materials. i just sent back and you know just step back
a shock and you think. why did you do this why did you join the military why didn't you ask me why did you get killed. loser another heartbreaker the funeral is coming. i'm just invited from the funeral. i'm disinvited from the funeral. everybody grew up with tonal who knew tonal would friends of tonal nobody's let him play who's a tonal funeral. dignitaries people from the ambassadorial circle and ministers officials government people people who didn't know him. they were friends on behalf of precious little george w. bush and they have for the rainfall a show that is well over two percent you were different to forgivable cost you will as naturalization given unlikable show your brother for bravery and the sacrifices
healing for me. now i'm thinking. this flash of anger isn't thinking you know mr ambassador. that's right i raised this boy and you're telling me i can't go to my son's funeral i've got a file of letters that i've sent to you in which this boy is calling me dear daddy dear papa you don't love your son tony. if you're disinviting me from this funeral . in god's name are you.
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