“Raytheon go home!” chanted a group of protesters.
While Raytheon quietly held a career fair at Northeastern University to recruit students to work for them, they were also met with some pushback.
In an attempt to reach out to students who might be tempted to work at Raytheon, individuals from the Coalition to Stop Genocide in Yemen and Massachusetts Peace Action, lined up in front of the school building where the job fair was being held, calling attention to the US Saudi War in Yemen, particularly Raytheon’s involvement – with their bombs repeatedly being used to target civilians.
“Did you go to school to starve and bomb babies?” read Susan McLucas’s sign.
“Raytheon right here, they have an agenda to make money and to kill people and they know what they do,” said Lauren, one of the protesters.
“I’m a proud Northeastern student but this is really making me question a lot of things,” said Shaun, a law student at Northeastern University.
“If Raytheon has the nerve to show their face anywhere, students should rise up and say we’re not gonna take it,” yelled another protester. “When these universities open up their arms, accept Raytheon, name amphitheatre’s after them, invest their endowment and their stock, it shows that they don’t care about education, they care about one thing, and that’s cold hard cash, but what kind of cash is this? This is cash that’s paid for with the blood of the people of the world.”
“The US had to certify in order to continue to sells arms to Saudi Arabia that the Saudis weren’t intentionally targeting civilians; that seems kinda strange because school busses full of children are being bombed, because hospitals and water treatment plants are being bombed, because after people get killed and their family members are dead and they go to a funeral, the funerals are getting bombed,” yelled Ryan, one of the lead organizers from the Coalition to Stop Genocide in Yemen.
At least 40 Yemeni children were killed after a Saudi Arabian expeditionary aircraft bombed a civilian school bus in Dahyan. The missiles used were 227kg laser-guided bombs manufactured by both Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. As a way of honoring the life and memory of the children of these attacks, Dan McLaughlin, one of the protesters, wore a blue UNICEF backpack with one of the deceased children’s name and age – “Yousef Hussein Hussein Tayeb, 15 years old,” read his backpack.
“Many of the kids were wearing Unicef provided backpacks and they were found all over the site,” said Dan. “I think it’s important that the kids who were killed are remembered for who they were – they had real names, what age they were.”
“Little children in Yemen they pick up pieces of bombs that have the serial number of the bombs, they are reminded daily of…