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Guides, kits and other how-to resources tailored for counter-recruitment organizers.

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Adopt A School Kit Adopt A School Kithot!Tooltip 02/20/2007 Hits: 7984
aaskOperation Student Privacy
• To inform students and parents regarding their privacy rights in relation to military
recruiters
Operation Informed Decision
• To provide information and education about the military, equal access, alternatives to the
military resources and programming.
High School Students' Rights High School Students' Rightshot!Tooltip 02/20/2007 Hits: 7882
hssrA brochure that briefly summarizes some of the First Amendment and other important rights of high school students.
ghslInformation specifically about leafleting and petitioning inside and outside schools, by students and nonstudents.
School Board Kit School Board Kithot!Tooltip 02/21/2007 Hits: 7576
pdfLeave My Child Alone - Adopt-A-School Board Kit
Top 5 to Know About a School Board Outing
Contact your District Superintendent’s office (searchable at www.leavemychildalone.org/supes) to nd out when and where your next School Board meeting will be held. Ask your District Superintendent’s ofce how and when community members may submit requests to get a Resolution on the Board’s agenda for discussion and vote.
Research your District’s current policy, and more importantly, nd out about your District’s current implementation of the Opt Out requirements . Submit your request in advance with an Opt Out Resolution attached
DMZ: A Guide to Taking Your School Back From the MilitaryDMZ is a comprehensive counter military recruitment organizing manual for youth activists and their allies. This 48 page magazine-style handbook includes everything you need to know about organizing to keep military recruiters out of your school, including detailed legal information, concrete campaign suggestions, and up-to-date statistics.
pdf Report on Project YANO’s efforts to gain access to schools in San Diego County from 1984 to 1995 (updated 7/06). Discusses outreach strategies, legal basis for equal access, lessons learned by activists. Key correspondence with school districts is included in appendix. Very useful for getting a school outreach program started.
Print Size: 8½ x 11 (48 pages, offset for hole punch)

wrl_yaya_pampletKnow Before You Go, 'Cause There's No Reset Button is a collaboration with the Ya-Ya Network (Youth Activists-Youth Allies), a youth of color-led antimilitarist organization based in NYC.

(updated version: 12/13/2011 Folks should discard any other recent versions you are distributing)

Our leaflet breaks down the enlistment contract and life in the military and provides new stats about sexual assault in the military, racial disparities in becoming an officer, and stop-loss.

Written to be accessible to everyone while providing the most important info for making a fully informed choice about joining the military, this leaflet will be a staple for counter-recruiters.

 

Available  on our online store for $0.15/copy plus 20% shipping.

Activist ToolkitThis Activist Toolkit provides any intern or volunteer with the basic tools necessary to run strong campaigns and service projects and win reforms both on and off campus for students and the public interest.

War Free SchoolsThe WAR FREE SCHOOLS organizing kit includes two volumes. WAR FREE SCHOOLS: The Rise of the Counter-Recruitment Movement debunks the myths about the military actions Canada is engaged in and places them in the context of rising tuition fees and military recruitment. It also proposes a clear response to these trends. When governments push for war, the people have to push back. This resistance to war and militarism takes the many forms, including soldiers refusing illegal orders or deployments, conscientious objection, desertion, and counter-recruitment. The second volume, WAR FREE SCHOOLS: A Handbook for Counter- Recruitment in Canada, is a how-to guide for students in high schools, colleges, and universities, as well as others who are interested in organizing against military recruiters.

Tools for Researching Militarism Tools for Researching MilitarismTooltip 10/13/2011 Hits: 2345

Establishing Trust and Accountability: An Integrated Approach to Research on Militarism,” Fellowship Magazine, Spring 2011

Handbooks and Guides

FOIA GuideParticipatory Research Toolkit - The Data Center
Freedom of Information Act Guide
- National Security Archives
The Pentagon Labyrinth: Ten Short Essays to Get You Through It - Center for Defense Information (2011)
The Arms Trade Revealed
- Federation of American Scientists (1998 but still relevant)
Military Spending: Researching Impacts on Your Campus or Community - guide compiled by Western States Legal Foundation (2003, but most links still active)
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask - University of California
Conducting Interviews - The Data Center

 

Sources of Information

A source list for researching militarism - Zoltan Grossman and John Lindsay-Poland (2011)
Internet Public Library - ask a librarian a reference question

Information assembled by Fellowship of Reconciliation: http://forusa.org

War Free Schools IIThe WAR FREE SCHOOLS organizing kit includes two volumes. WAR FREE SCHOOLS: The Rise of the Counter-Recruitment Movement debunks the myths about the military actions Canada is engaged in and places them in the context of rising tuition fees and military recruitment. It also proposes a clear response to these trends. When governments push for war, the people have to push back. This resistance to war and militarism takes the many forms, including soldiers refusing illegal orders or deployments, conscientious objection, desertion, and counter-recruitment. The second volume, WAR FREE SCHOOLS: A Handbook for Counter- Recruitment in Canada, is a how-to guide for students in high schools, colleges, and universities, as well as others who are interested in organizing against military recruiters.

Roots Initiative Toolkit Roots Initiative Toolkithot!Tooltip 10/24/2011 Hits: 4574

FYCO tools kitFrom 2003-2006, the FCYO implemented and coordinated the Roots Initiative, a grantmaking and capacity-building project involving ten dynamic Youth Organizing groups from around the country. This Toolkit provides, additionally, various suites of tools (in the form of templates, worksheets and exercises) that we hope are useful to organizations undertaking a broad range of organizational development efforts.

Counter-recruitment Resources

WHAT IS IN THIS KIT?
2013 Back-to-school Kit for Counter-recruitment and School Demilitarization Organizing
The kit is a catalog of basic material useful to educating young people and school personnel about the realities
of military enistment and war. The catalog also includes some information on alternatives to enlistment, as well
as items written for organizers seeking to reach out to local schools.
All of the material in this catalog was carefully reviewed for relevancy and accuracy as of the summer of 2013.
A task force of knowledgeable organizers did the research. It does not include all of the available literature on
this topic because much of what exists is out of date or is no longer bing produced by the original sources. 
Consequently, we focused on identifying items that we felt were basic and most useful for effective organizing
and educating. New items may be added to future kits as they become available.

HOW TO USE THE KIT
It’s very
simple: Read the descriptions in the catalog and then go to the links that are listed to view or download
documents that are relevant o your local organizing. In some cases, you will be able to reprint them for local
reproduction; or, you will be able to order copies in bulk if they are offered by the original source.
NOTE: If you wish to print the catalog, be sure to choose the landscape setting in your print menu (i.e., horizontal).

HOW THE KIT IS ORGANIZED
The catalog groups items into various subject categories:

• Counter-recruitment
• Non?military Career, College and Service Alternatives
• Gender and the Military
• JROTC
• Delayed Entry Program (DEP)
• Privacy  (Opt Out Forms/ ASVAB etc.)

Team Member  Guidebook Team Member GuidebookTooltip 08/22/2013 Hits: 442

A compilation and reworking of materials from the websites of leading truth-in-recruiting organizations, including:

  • The Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools
  • Project YANO
  • The National Network Opposing Militarization of Youth
  • Non-Military Options for Youth
  • The AFSC’s Youth & Militarism Program

Draft in Development September 2013

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