Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School?

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Sarah Grey, Truthout | Report

Killer KidsWhen he got home from Iraq, Hart Viges began sorting through his boyhood toys, looking for some he could pass on to his new baby nephew. He found a stash of G.I. Joes - his old favorites - and the memories came flooding back.

"I thought about giving them to him," he said. But the pressures of a year in a war zone had strengthened Viges' Christian faith, and he told the Army that "if I loved my enemy I couldn't see killing them, for any reason." He left as a conscientious objector. As for the G.I. Joes, "I threw them away instead." Viges had grown up playing dress-up with his father's, grandfather's and uncles' old military uniforms. "What we tell small kids has such a huge effect," he told Truthout. "I didn't want to be the one telling him to dream about the military."

As the mother of a 6-year-old, I know what he means. My partner and I, as longtime antiwar activists, work hard to talk to our daughter about war, violence and peace in age-appropriate ways.

Última actualización el Viernes 12 de Febrero de 2016 21:17 Leer más...

How to Counter Recruitment and De-Militarize Schools

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Raging GrannysU.S. military recruiters are teaching in public school classrooms, making presentations at school career days, coordinating with JROTC units in high schools and middle schools, volunteering as sports coaches and tutors and lunch buddies in high, middle, and elementary schools, showing up in humvees with $9,000 stereos, bringing fifth-graders to military bases for hands-on science instruction, and generally pursuing what they call "total market penetration" and "school ownership."

But counter-recruiters all over the United States are making their own presentations in schools, distributing their own information, picketing recruiting stations, and working through courts and legislatures to reduce military access to students and to prevent military testing or the sharing of test results with the military without students' permission. This struggle for hearts and minds has had major successes and could spread if more follow the counter-recruiters' example.

Última actualización el Viernes 12 de Febrero de 2016 20:50 Leer más...

SkoolLive - School Jive - A new, interactive digital invasion of our high schools by corporations and the military

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High school students line up to use the new SkoolLive kiosks

For years DOD recruiting commanders have attempted to circumvent student privacy protections that are designed to shield minors from the wholesale transfer of student information from the nation's high schools to the Pentagon's Military Entrance Processing Command.

The DOD markets "career opportunities" through the schools, relying on a variety of methods, from Channel One, a 12-minute, highly commercialized, daily TV program that reaches as many as 5 million children a day, to various posters and announcements touting military service or other schemes like the Career Exploration Program. For the most part, however, these outreach efforts ultimately rely on the schools as a third party from which to extract student data. Until now, the DOD's quest for greater access to children has been somewhat stymied by pesky state and federal laws that regulate the flow of student information from the schools.

Última actualización el Martes 15 de Marzo de 2016 07:48 Leer más...

Debate: Military recruiting in public schools

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Should the military be allowed to recruit in public schools?

High School Military Recruitment DebateWith the USA and its allies involved in 2 major conflicts in recent years, military recruitment has become an important issue. But some parents and teachers have protested about military personnel visiting schools to talk to students about the armed forces. This often happened in the past anyway, but since 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act has meant that US schools which receive government money must allow the military in to talk to students. In the UK between a third and half of all new military recruits are under 18, with many joining after meeting serving personnel at their schools. This has led the British National Union of Teachers to pass a motion in 2008 condemning military recruitment in schools. One of the more common proposals is to ban military recruiting of those that are under 18 (the age at which individuals can join the military usually), which would severely limit the ability of recruiters to operate in high schools.

Última actualización el Martes 08 de Diciembre de 2015 15:43 Leer más...

2nd International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth

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CMOY & NNOMY Team up for the 2nd International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth

The National Call to Save Civilian Public Education is participating with other actions for the 2nd International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth.

National Call: Save Our Civilian Public Education

Over the last several decades, the Pentagon,conservative forces, and corporations have been systematically working to expand their presence in the K-12 learning environment and in public universities. The combined impact of the military, conservative think tanks and foundations,  and of corporatization of our public educational systems has eroded the basic democratic concept of civilian public education.   It is a trend that, if allowed to continue, will weaken the primacy of civilian rule and, ultimately, our country’s commitment to democratic ideals.

The signers of this statement believe it is urgent for all advocates of social justice, peace and the environment to recognize the dangerous nature of this problem and confront it with deliberate action. See the entire National Call at http://save civilianeducation.org

International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth

Militaries across the world gain access to young people through education systems.It gives them an extraordinary chance to shape every generation's perception of military violence and lay the groundwork for future recruitment. See all the participating organizations worldwide at http://antimili-youth.net

Share the hashtags #SaveCivilianEducation and #YouthAgainstWar on social media and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for further updates.

Here is the list of events happening this week.
http://www.antimili-youth.net/articles/2015/11/week-action-against-militarisation-youth-events-happening-week

Última actualización el Martes 17 de Noviembre de 2015 08:52

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Written for girls, queer and trans youth, youth of color and poor youth, this newly redesigned full-color What Every Girl Should Know About the U.S. Military brochure is focused on sexual & gender-based violence: perfect for distributing at schools & community centers. Available in English and in Spanish: Lo Que Toda Chica Debe Saber Sobre la Milicia de EE.UU. - by War Resisters' League

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