Documents and guides offering strategies for demilitarization.
Children . . . all children . . . become exceptional when they are given exceptional opportunities. Opera, languages, art, music, libraries, counselors – all the opportunities that are offered in the private, high priced lab schools, should be available to all children, in their neighborhood. Instead CPS closes public schools, opens charter schools and promotes the military. The military, which teaches violence as a solution to conflict, is not an exceptional opportunity.
Through articles, images, survey data and interviews, Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It documents the seeds of war that are planted in the minds of young people in many different countries. However, it also explores the seeds of resistance to this militarisation that are being sown resiliently and creatively by numerous people. We hope the book will help to disseminate these latter seeds. It is not just a book for peace and antimilitarist activists: it is a book for parents and grandparents, teachers, youth workers, and young people themselves.
Produced by UNICEF and the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, this publication is an essential guide to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child related to children in armed conflict. It describes the context surrounding its adoption, efforts supporting its objectives, key provisions and the legislative processes involved for signature and ratification or accession.The Guide aims to support child rights advocates - including government officials, child protection agencies, humanitarian workers and those involved in national coalitions - in their work to generate momentum and support for ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocol - Also available in French or Spanish
Demilitarization guide for students. Issues that are covered include articles on military recruiting in high schools, universities of mass destruction, how to struggle against militarism, organizing tools and success stories. This collaborative project was made possible by generous grants from the Sunshine Project, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, as well as the “advertisers” that appear in the guide. Contributors to the guide include the American Friends Service Committee, National Youth and Student Peace Coalition, the Sunshine Project, and Tri-Valley CAREs, among others. The Foundation designed and published A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.
Santa Barbara, CA : Nuclear Age Peace Foundation], 2004.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation pursues a vision of a free and “demilitarized” world in which the Earth’s resources sustain life and promote the well-being of all people.
To do so, we challenge economic exploitation, work to eradicate racism and religious intolerance, and call attention to imperialistic U.S. foreign policy. As we continue to speak truth to power, FOR engages in an ongoing interfaith dialogue to shift the collective unconscious from a fear-based military culture to a peaceful world community grounded in faith and nonviolent justice.
At the start of 2011, we launched a series of projects, campaigns, and collaborations to demilitarize life and land in the Americas and the Middle East.