February 12, 2019 –
Join us Tuesday February 12 from 1-3pm to protest Raytheon at the UMASS Tech and Engineering Career Fair. Raytheon is a Massachusetts based Defense Contracting Company complicit in some of the worst war crimes in recent history. They are the third largest weapons producer in the world, manufacturing everything from the missiles used to deliver US nuclear weapons, to the bombs dropped on Yemen, and the munitions used by Israel against Gaza and Lebanon.
Raytheon also has deep ties to UMass Amherst Engineering department. The University and weapons company have been partners since 1980 through the Advanced Studies Program. Join us as we protest Raytheon’s involvement in war crimes and call on Umass Amherst to cut ties with Raytheon.
The war in Yemen has drawn condemnation from international human rights groups and from U.N. agencies. Human Rights Watch has documented multiple airstrikes by the Saudi coalition which violated the rules of war, including the bombing of a school bus in August 2018 which killed forty-four children. The war in Yemen has created conditions of famine and extreme food scarcity throughout the country. The United Nations World Food Programme stated that “Yemen is undeniably the world’s worst humanitarian crisis by far” and estimated that as many as 18 million people are at risk of famine. A study done by the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University concluded that these conditions were the direct result of the coalition’s strategy of targeting food and water infrastructure in the country.
Address: Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
(Please meet outside the Campus Center’s main entrance to coordinate and plan)