NNOMY News April 12, 2019 - Divest from the War Machine


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Divestment from Weapons and Fossil Fuels at Charlottesville City Council

Let's Try Democracy - Charlottesville, Virginia, has yet to take down its racist statues (the ones all the fuss has been about or any of the other ones). Charlottesville has yet to ban guns from public events. It blames the state legislature in both of those and many other topics. But the City of Charlottesville has our public dollars invested in weapons, and it is perfectly capable of changing that. In this case, excuses may prove hard to come by. Charlottesville has divested in the past from Sudan and from South Africa.

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Sarojini Naidu: Colonialism and Militarization

Selene Rivas, NNOMY - A short video on an important Indian Nationalist, and on how World War One shaped the Indian Nationalist movement. Sarojini Naidu was born on 13 February, 1879 in Hyderabad to a philosopher and scientist Aghor Nath Chattopadhyay and Barada Sundari Devi. She was also known as"Nightingale of India" or “Bharatiya Kokila” and was an Indian  Independence activist, poet and politician. She is an example of an anti-war activist that helped influence national policy and confronted directly the crisis of militarization in her society.

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Is High School Too Soon for Military Recruitment?

Gena Mangiaratti - Each year, high school students across the country see uniformed members of the armed forces within school walls offering information on how to join up. But a local organization asks the question whether these soldiers are overselling a dangerous career path to an audience whose brains are still developing.

The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, a Northampton nonprofit, has published three editions of a report called “Military Recruitment in Western Massachusetts High Schools,” which authors claim to be the first record of military recruitment activity in the region’s schools. Authors accuse recruiters of emphasizing financial and travel incentives while downplaying the risks of psychological disorders, job insecurity, and sexual trauma.

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The Army Is Fielding Hundreds Of More Recruiters After Failing To Bring In New Soldiers

Jeff Schogol, Task & Purpose -  “We’re expanding the number of recruiters we’ll put out in the streets; we’re cleaning up the storefronts; we are moving into 20-plus cities around the United States,” Army Secretary Mark Esper told reporters during the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference. “I think we can and we will do a lot better, but it’s going to take some time to re-position ourselves.”

Training and Doctrine Command is conducting a review of the Army’s recruiting strategy that will look at which regions of the country should have the extra recruiters, Esper said. The service’s new recruiting strategy will also include a greater presence on social media.

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Divesting Our Youth from the War Machine:

A Guide to Countering and Resisting the Militarization of Youth 2017-2018

NNOMY - In Cooperation with Codepink's Divest from the War Machine campaign, The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth contributes this guide for demilitarizing our schools from the over-reach of a provision of the Every Child Succeeds Act that permits unrestricted access to military recruiters in our schools. This guide instructs activists how to lobby school districts to follow equal access guidelines and to organize communities, parents, teachers, and students to limit recruiter access to their schools.

Much of the contents of this Divestment Campaign Guide are borrowed with permission from the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY), National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, Stop Recruiting Kids, and Save Civilian Civilian Education. We are extremely grateful to them for contributing their insight and experience to this movement. To learn more about NNOMY’s work, visit http://nnomy.org/index.php/en/. To Protect Student Privacy’s work, visit http://www.studentprivacy.org/. To learn more about Stop Recruiting Kids, visit: http://srkcampaign.org/. To learn more about Save Civilian Education’s work, visit http://savecivilianeducation.org/.

You can visit Codepink's Divest from the War Machine website at https://www.divestfromwarmachine.org/

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Tom Hayden: The Winter Soldier

William Bradley, Huffinton Post - Hayden, one of the crucial figures of the only generation in American history not to produce a President, left us just a couple weeks before the election of President Donald Trump. As I worried throughout the election cycle about Trump’s alarmingly possible perhaps probable election, I couldn’t write about the passing of Hayden  —  whom I’d known well since the late 1970s  —  until the election’s aftermath.

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Report: War Profiteers, US Arming Of Repressive Regimes

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies, Codepink  - The Saudi bombing of a school bus in Yemen on August 9, 2018 killed 44 children and wounded many more. The attack struck a nerve in the U.S., confronting the American public with the wanton brutality of the Saudi-led war on Yemen. When CNN revealed that the bomb used in the airstrike was made by U.S. weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin, the horror of the atrocity hit even closer to home for many Americans.

Five U.S. companies — Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and General Dynamics — dominate the global arms business, raking in $140 billion in weapons sales in 2017, and export sales make up a growing share of their business, about $35 billion in 2017.

In a report from Code Pink and the Divest from the War Machine campaign, they have documented how Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Egypt have systematically used weapons produced by these five U.S. companies to massacre civilians, destroy civilian infrastructure, and commit other war crimes. The bombing of the school bus is a consistent pattern of Saudi massacres and air strikes on civilian targets, from hospitals to marketplaces, and U.S. arms sales to Israel and Egypt follow a similar pattern.

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Help Fund NNOMY to De-Militarize SchoolsHelp Fund NNOMY to De-Militarize Schools. Your 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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