NNOMY News November 25, 2019 Mission:Readiness - Citizens or Soldiers


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November 25, 2019: Mission: Readiness -
Citizens or Soldiers

The Mission: Readiness program seeks to influence policy makers and the public to adopt measures that the military projects could positively effect the outcomes for two million American youth as they reach the age of high school graduation. The claimed goal is to raise the potential of "youth at risk" to accomplish their general educational requirements, reduce youth obesity, and to create a budget surplus based on offsetting the negative costs of youth who are repeating classes and costs associated to prison. The implied goal is to ensure the continued development of available military forces into the future targeting low-income and youth at risk.




Mission: Readiness at Year Ten

In 2014, The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth initiated a  A National Call: Save Civilian Education, warning of the convergence of “the Pentagon, conservative forces, and corporations systematically working to expand their presence in the K-12 learning environment and public institutions of higher education.

Alarms were sounded on this increasing trend and little attention garnered outside of a few progressive media channels. With these trends continuing, are we experiencing a final shift away from civilian based assistance for those most vulnerable, and a cycling and re-education of marginalized communities into a permanent and dedicated military class?

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New Publication: Counter-Recruitment Campaigns Internationally

WRI's new booklet, Countering Military Recruitment: Learning the lessons of counter-recruitment campaigns internationally, is out now. The booklet includes examples of campaigning against youth militarisation across different countries with the contribution of grassroot activists.

You can order a paperback version here | PDF





Meet the Retired Generals Working to End Childhood Obesity for a Fitter Force

For retired Rear Adm. Bob Besal, advocacy started small.

He'd heard from friends who were still in the Navy and holding senior positions in the service's recruiting command that qualified recruits were getting harder to come by. Those who had a clean criminal record and met basic height, weight and educational standards were a smaller portion of the recruitable population, and the Navy was forced to compete hard with civilian job fields to woo them.

In 2010, he joined more than 120 retired general and flag officers in endorsing a damning report by the Washington, D.C.-based organization Mission: Readiness that declared the child obesity epidemic a national security issue. It urged the removal of junk food from American schools and increases in school lunch funding to allow for healthier food.

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TV Fallout / A Commitment to Peace - Out of the Furnace

In this excerpt, a scene taken from the film "Out of the Furnace" (2013), we try to sensitize the viewer to the reality of those who return after military service and who have lived drastically violent experiences.

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Project YANO counter-recruitment workshops

MEChA High School Conference — with Nancy Cruz and 4 others at San Diego State University. November 12 at 6:54 PM ·

The ChicanX community in California is one of the most organized body of students that are receptive to the Counter Military Recruitment appeals for non-cooperation in U.S. militarism. These workshops provided by the SDSU University MEChA group and Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (ProjectYANO) are a model for counter-recruitment activism in the U.S. Project YANO is also a member of The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth.

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The Pentagon: Exposing the Hidden Polluter of Water” Receives Substantial Grant

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - This summer, the Patagonia Environmental Fund awarded the Earth Democracy committee of WILPF a $12,000 grant for “The Pentagon: Exposing the Hidden Polluter of Water,” our new project in California. The grant will support our work bringing the environmental, water, and health justice communities together with the peace movement to expose the extent of the military’s responsibility for the current nationwide  drinking water and health crisis. This project is focused on California, the state with the most WILPF branches, a large number of at-large members, and with a number of environmental, health, water justice, and peace groups with whom we can collaborate.

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Mission: Readiness is preparing Pre-Kinders for War

We cannot allow the military to have unlimited and unregulated access to the development of our children. We need to form our youth for a peaceful world and break away from a permanent war culture that invokes the national interest being that of those corporations that currently drive and profit from our militarized and securitized economy. Demilitarization activists must also challenge a militarized form of Evangelical Christianity, and its allied cohorts, that seek to hide their true justifications beneath a moralizing cover of religious righteousness.

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Too Fat to Fight? Obesity, Biopolitics and the Militarisation of Children's Bodies

Joseph Burridge and Kevin McSorley - Taken together, the campaigning activity of Mission: Readiness and the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, bring into sharp relief a range of issues of interest to social scientists. They mobilise the contemporary politics of the body – including bio-political and governmental concerns – particularly the attention given to a so-called ‘obesity epidemic’ and its focus upon children. Moreover, because of the degree to which Mission: Readiness’ contributions were framed by, and addressed to, a perceived need to ensure that bodies of US children are not ‘Too Fat To Fight’, they are also pertinent to those interested in ongoing processes of the militarization of social life, and the multiple historic connections between food and war. This paper engages with these issues by interrogating the key ‘Too Fat To Fight’ report produced by Mission: Readiness (2010) as part of its campaign for legislative change.

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Action is starting here : 6th International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth, 23-29 November

The International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth starts this Saturday! For the sixth time, activists from across different countries will be organising events to raise awareness on how the military and military values are promoted to young people, and how we can challenge it.

Read More: Countering the recruitment of minds and bodies


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