NNOMY News October 26, 2018


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Trailer Women's March on Pentagon

Sheehan was taken aback by how some prominent organizers of this year’s Women’s March were unwilling to express anti-war positions and argued for excluding the issue of peace entirely from the event and movement as a whole. In an interview with MintPress, Sheehan recounted how a prominent leader of the march had told her, “I appreciate that war is your issue Cindy, but the Women’s March will never address the war issue as long as women aren’t free.” 

The domestic side of the Pentagon's reach into our lives is its efforts to recruit our youth into military service either in body or mind. The Women's March on the Pentagon is a demand for a sustainable world, where resources are not squandered on the business of war but redirected into human needs and not into corporate greed at the cost of enormous suffering at home and abroad. The other war front of the Pentagon is in our public schools where military recruiters troll for new recruits. This is another Pentagon that requires the demand for community activism to regulate access to our children and to limit the influence of militarized programs that masquerade as educational opportunities. Programs like JROTC, Young Marines, DoD Starbase and DoD STEM are a means of recruitment and indoctrination into a military ethos that normalizes war in young minds and ensures the continuation of the military and defense industry control over our national economy.

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Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

The Pentagon is set to receive $717 billion in 2019 — more than half of the roughly trillion-dollar annual budget. None of this is necessary. The Pentagon is the least accountable part of the federal government, wasting billions of dollars on needless bureaucracy, pouring billions more into dangerous (and redundant) nuclear weapons, and cozying up to contractors who siphon off roughly half of the Pentagon’s budget each year. Even worse, the never-ending US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made the world more dangerous, and American imperialism continues to undermine the autonomy of other nations and peoples.

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The Plumed Horn: poetry, life and resistance

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 student movement. In that year, many literary magazines were published in Mexico with the purpose of generating a platform for the spectrum of work created by artists of the time. A few of many were: La Cultura en México, Diálogos, El Rehilete, and among them, El Corno Emplumado / The Plumed Horn, edited by Mexican poet, Sergio Mondragón and north American poet, Margaret Randall. The journal had an abrupt ending due to the repression suffered by the editors who protested against the violent actions in Tlatelolco.

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Here's What Happened When the Supreme Court Ruled on Whether Students Can Protest During School

In 1969, the court ruled that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” as Justice Abe Fortas put it in the majority opinion for Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. At the center of the case was a 13-year-old from Des Moines named Mary Beth Tinker and her 15-year-old brother John, who were part of a group of five public school students suspended on Dec. 16, 1965, for wearing black armbands to school to protest the war in Vietnam. They weren’t allowed to go back to school until they agreed to go without wearing the armbands, so the Tinkers stayed home for a week. When they returned to school, they wore all-black clothes on the advice of the ACLU.

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   Jane Fonda described how tens of thousands of Vietnamese women would march on district headquarters in South Vietnam, and with police shooting at them, the women would ask them, "Why are you shooting at us?"

Whither the San Diego Peace Movement?

I had heard a few things about anti-war G.I.s but mostly that they were trying to get out of the Navy because they had orders to Vietnam. Highly suspect. I'd graduated from college in 1968 at what I thought was the height of anti-war feeling. We students were right under the thumb of the draft. Lots of anti-war demonstrations my senior year. But even two years later there was Kent State. Students again. An undergraduate up at UCSD burned himself to death in Revelle Plaza that spring. Late in 1970 and in 1971, however, with the advent of the lottery system and the general drop in draft calls, the peace movement in San Diego began to shift, away from the college campuses and toward the military bases.

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 Illustration by Jason Edmiston at http://jasonedmiston.com

Just-War or Pacifism? Where should a Christian stand?

Fight or flight? Probably one of the most debated moral subjects of the Bible is in regards to violence. This subject alone has divided the church into a few different denominations. Christian groups like the Mennonites and Quakers refuse to fight based off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.[1] Most other groups seem to be more willing to engage in warfare, but it seems to be based on relative circumstances church to church and person to person. I myself have struggled with this question ever since I became a Christian. It is, simply put, a large gray area. Can violence be justified or is it never justified? Is killing only wrong when innocence lives are at stake and how do we determine innocence? Can’t one kill to defend themself? Most of life’s questions for a Christian are easily answered in the text of the Bible. But in this realm it is not easily answered.

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We Need to Stop War Where it Begins

It is important when we protest at the sites of organized violence whether they be the Pentagon or an arms manufacturer like Lockheed Martin or General Dynamics that we don't forget where the normalization of war is manufactured; in our schools with our children. We permit Pentagon recruitment programs unrestrained access to our children with a coercive policy within the federal Every Student Succeeds Act while we restrict  peace narratives from entering our schools. If we want to turn America's addiction to a militarized economy around, we need to make an impact in our public schools as activists with the next generation.

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Help Fund NNOMY to De-Militarize SchoolsHelp Fund NNOMY to De-Militarize SchoolsYour donation to NNOMY supports the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth's efforts to balance the message of military recruiters in our public schools where minors are routinely primed for recruitment through Department of Defense school programs designed for youth.

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