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From Protestor to Marine



by Joe Plenzler

The very first protest I ever participated in took place on April 7, 1990, when several racist groups paraded through the college town of Miami, Ohio, on minority recruitment weekend.

My friends, a ragtag group of musicians, skateboarders, art students, and punk rock aficionados, and I defied the university’s warnings to “Stay away on Saturday” and decided to show up that cool Saturday morning to tell the racists that they were not welcome in our community.

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