Before You Enlist Video - http://beforeyouenlist.org
Researching Pop Culture and Militarism - https://nnomy.org/popcultureandmilitarism/
If you have been Harassed by a Military Recruiter - https://www.afsc.org/resource/military-recruiter-abuse-hotline
War: Turning now to Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson - Christian Science Monitor
WHAT IS IN THIS KIT? - https://nnomy.org/backtoschoolkit/
Click through to find out
Religion and militarism - https://nnomy.org/religionandmilitarism/
‘A Poison in the System’: Military Sexual Assault - New York Times
Change your Mind?
Talk to a Counselor at the GI Rights Hotline
Ask that your child's information is denied to Military Recruiters
And monitor that this request is honored.
Military Recruiters and Programs Target marginalized communities for recruits...
..and the high schools in those same communities

 Militarization of our Schools

The Pentagon is taking over our poorer public schools. This is the reality for disadvantaged youth.

 

What we can do

Corporate/conservative alliances threaten Democracy . Progressives have an important role to play.

 Why does NNOMY matter?

Most are blind or indifferent to the problem.
A few strive to protect our democracy.

NNOMY

The Chicago Model of Militarizing Schools

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June 30 2009 / BBVM / Truthout - For the past four years, I have observed the military occupation of the high school where I teach science. Currently, Chicago’s Nicholas Senn High School houses Rickover Naval Academy (RNA). I use the term “occupation” because part of our building was taken away despite student,parent, teacher and community opposition to RNA’s opening.

Senn students are made to feel like second-class citizens inside their own school, due to inequalities. The facilities and resources are better on the RNA side. RNA students are allowed to walk on the Senn side, while Senn students cannot walk on the RNA side. RNA “disenrolls” students and we accept those students who get kicked out if they live within our attendance boundaries. This practice is against Chicago policy, but goes unchecked. All of these things maintain a two-tiered system within the same school building.

This phenomenon is not restricted to Senn. Chicago has more military academies and more students in Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps than any other city in the US. As the tentacles of school militarization reach beyond Chicago, the process used in this city seems to serve as a model of expansion. There was a Marine Academy planned for Georgia’s Dekalb County, which includes 10 percent of Atlanta. Fortunately, due to protest, the school has been postponed until 2010. Despite it being postponed, it is still useful to analyze the rhetoric used to rationalize the Marine Academy. Many of the lies and excuses used to justify school militarization in Chicago and Georgia may well be used in other cities as militarism grows.

NCRD Conference 2009 - Schedule

General Schedule for the Conference

Schedule

Here is the general schedule for the weekend of the conference.

UPDATED 7/10/09

Download this schedule in PDF format here.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 17
Location: AFSC, 637 S. Dearborn, 312-427-2533

Noon -> Check-in & Registration


5-7 Dinner

7-8:30 Opening Plenary: Education, Militarism and C-R
Where we've come from and where we're going...

A panel of perspectives with:
Pauline Lipman-Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois and education activist, Chicago
Rick Jahnkow-Project YANO and COMD, San Diego
Tyler-Zabel- Conscientious Objector status from the Illinois National Guard, rural Donovan, Illinois
Denise Ferrusquia, graduated Kelly High School, Social Justice Club, family in Afghanistan, Chicago
David Morales- Education Not Arms Coalition, Project YANO, graduated from Mission Bay HS, San Diego
Moderated by: Arlene Inouye, educator, CAMS, Los Angeles


8:30-10 Social Gathering

Presenters: Youth from Ya-Ya & Other Youth Orgs
Topic: We will start out all together and then split into youth & adult activities.

SATURDAY, JULY 18
Location: Roosevelt University,
430 S Michigan


7:30-8:30 am Breakfast

8:30-9:15 am Welcome and orientation

9:30-11:00 Workshop Session A

11:15-12:45 Workshop Session B


12:45-2:15 Lunch in caucus meetings

2:30-4:00 Workshop Session C

4:15--5:45 Workshop Session D

6:00-6:30 Announcements and Check-in

Presenters: TBD

6:30 Dinner (Not Provided)

Also, 7pm National Poetry Slam Finals

Location: Off conference site

SUNDAY, JULY 19th
Location: Roosevelt

8-9 Breakfast

9-10:30 Future Organizing/Planning

Presenters: TBA
Topic: Brief explanation of NNOMY and Sunday conference goals. Summary of ideas that came from the Sat. workshops and caucuses; primary needs and recommendations that should be addressed.

10:45-12 Break-out Groups to Discuss Next Steps

Topic: Small groups meet around specific ideas identified in previous session; begin planning follow-up activities.

12-1 :30 Conference Wrap-up Combined with Lunch

Presenters: TBD
Topic: Report-backs of any plans, new projects, next steps.

NCRD Conference 2009 - Transportation

Transportation

CTA Train

Below you can download travel directions, a map of the conference area etc.

To find or share a ride, click here.

For Chicago bus and subway maps and information click here.

 

Public Transportation in Chicago

Greyhound Bus offers a 15% discount for any student who is at least 16 years old. To get this discount, sign up for a Student Advantage Discount card at www.greyhound.com

CTA- *Chicago Transit Authority (CTA): From each airport follow signs to CTA’s trains, usually located in the basement. - CTA one way price: $2.25, one day pass - $5.75, 3 day pass - $14 and 7 day pass- $23.

Google Map - From Midway Airport to AFSC office/> – 637 S Dearborn -Friday night

Subway - Orange Line - Direction: Loop
Depart Midway -
Arrive Library stop
Walk to 637 S Dearborn St
1.Head west on W Van Buren St toward S Plymouth Ct
2.Turn left at S Dearborn St
Destination will be on the left

Google Map -From Midway Airport to Roosevelt University
– 430 S Michigan- Saturday and Sunday locations

Subway - Orange Line - Direction: Loop
Depart Midway -
Arrive Library
1.Head east on W Van Buren St toward S State St
2.Turn right at S Michigan Ave
Destination will be on the right
Walk to 430 S Michigan Ave
Roosevelt University: Chicago Campus

Google Map -From O’Hare Airport to AFSC office – 637 S Dearborn- Friday night location

Subway - Blue Line - Direction: Forest Park
Depart O'Hare
Arrive Jackson-Blue
Walk to 637 S Dearborn St
1.Head south on S Dearborn St toward W Van Buren St
Destination will be on the left

Google Map -From O’Hare Airport to Roosevelt University -430 S Michigan-Saturday and Sunday locations

Subway - Blue Line - Direction: Forest Park
Depart O'Hare
Arrive Jackson-Blue
1.Head east on W Jackson Blvd toward S Plymouth Ct
2.Turn right at S Michigan Ave
Destination will be on the right, Walk to 430 S Michigan Ave

Driving Directions

Google Map -Driving from the North or 90/94 or O’Hare Airport
Exit at 290/ Congress Pkwy stay in left lane and follow to Congress Pky.
Follow Congress east Turn right to Clark for parking
Or Right on Dearborn for AFSC office,
Or continue straight to Michigan for Roosevelt

Google Map -Driving Instructions from South or East
Take Lake Shore Drive North to Congress, Turn left onto Balbo, Right onto Michigan Left on Congress -Roosevelt is at the corner of Michigan and Congress. One block west on Congress is the HI Chicago Youth Hostel.

** It is very difficult to stop on Congress or Michigan to unload anything. They are very busy streets. Wabash St., one block to the east is easier.

Recommended Long term Parking is at the southwest corner of Clark and Polk.
To parking, follow Congress about 6 blocks turn left on Clark, follow 2 blocks to Clark and Polk, turn right on Polk to enter. Parking is one block south and west of the AFSC office. $14 per 12 hour period with in and out permitted. Credit cards accepted.

Short term Parking: There are several parking options to unload materials for Roosevelt or for the youth hostel if you turn south from Congress onto Wabash, one block west of Michigan.

 

NCRD Conference 2009 - Housing

Housing

A housing map in the Chicago area of the conference area is available HERE.

If you live in Chicago, please consider offering a home-stay to a conference participant or two. Use our HOUSING BOARD to find or offer housing, arrange to share hotel rooms etc.

You may be able to get substantially cheaper hotel rates if you book through one of the commercial travel sites like travelocity.com, orbitz.com, expedia.com, priceline.com, etc.

Below is information provided by several lodging establishments relatively near the conference:

Google Map - Hostelling International Chicago Youth Hostel -
Hostelling International Chicago24 East Congress Parkway
(312) 360-0300

Counter-recruitment Conference rate is $40.39 per night, which includes taxes and breakfast. When reserving online use the promo code: AFSC. By phone indicate you are with AFSC.
A reservation guarantees a bed and separation by gender. If a conference participant wishes to room with his/her friends, he/she must indicate this upon making a reservation.
 
Payment is due upon arrival . HI Chicago accepts cash, Visa and Mastercard.

Located in the center of the city, HI-Chicago is a 500-bed hostel offering guests safe, clean, quality accommodations near major attractions and public transportation.
The hostel is within walking distance of the Sears Tower, Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, the Art Institute, most major museums, and Michigan Avenue. Staff and volunteers lead hostellers in city tours and outings to blues and jazz clubs, major festivals, and other popular local activities.

Hostelling International is a non-profit membership based organization, promoting peace through hostelling since 1909. Non-members pay a $3 non-membership fee per night upon check-in.

• 24 hour access, 365 days a year, NO CURFEW
• 24 hour luggage storage and 24 hour security
• Great knowledgeable staff and volunteers to assist you
• FREE maps of Chicago, and discounts to museums and attractions
• FREE guided tours of the city
• Recommendations on restaurants, clubs and events
• FREE linens, towels, pillows and blankets provided for all guests
• International standards for comfort, cleanliness and security
• Lockers in your room, please bring a lock with you
• Computers with internet access in the lobby, also wi-fi in lobby, $6 per hour
• Big self-service kitchen and self-service laundry
• Fully wheelchair accessible
• NO age restrictions, all ages welcome, under 18 must be accompanied by adult

Google Map Icon - University Center
(dorm-like housing) 3 blocks from Roosevelt, 2 ½ blocks from AFSC
525 South State St.
(312)-924-8000
Rate - $78 per person
http://www.chicagosummerhousing.com

Google Map - Blake Hotel
4 blocks from Roosevelt, 1½ blocks from AFSC,
500 S Dearborn St
(312)-986-1234
http://www.hotelblake.com/
Rate - $189 -$334 per room
Group rates (10 rooms or more) – $159 per room
Transportation provided from Midway ($22) and O’Hare ($24) to hotel called “Airport Express”.

Google Map - Blackstone Hotel
2 blocks from Roosevelt, 5 blocks from AFSC
636 South Michigan Ave.
(312) 447-0955
Blackstone Hotel
Rate - $259 per room
Group rate (10 rooms or more) - $189 per room

Google Map - Palmer House
5 blocks from Roosevelt, 7 blocks from AFSC
17 East Monroe Street
312-726-7500
Palmer Houes
1 king or double bed $250 per room
Group rate (10 rooms or more) – $159 per room
We have reserved several rooms at a reduced rate. To book one of these, please contact Darlene at 312-427-2533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Google Map - Club Quarters
7 blocks from Roosevelt, 6 blocks from AFSC
111 W Adams St, Chicago –
(312) 214-6400
http://www.clubquarters.com/
Rate - $129 – $146 per room
Group rates (at least 10 rooms)- 1 double bed - $139 or Queen for $159

 

NCRD Conference 2009 - Logistics

Conference Logistics

LogisticsCheck back here often as we will continue to add new information as it becomes available.


Meals:

Friday night dinner will be at the Chicago AFSC office located at 637 S Dearborn.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday at Roosevelt University at 430 S Michigan.

Saturday dinner will be on your own (but by Saturday night you will have met lots of folks to go out to dinner with. We will provide a list of affordable restaurants in the area (average cost $15).

There will be a social/networking event Friday evening.

Vegetarian meals are available. If you plan to eat the food offered for the vegetarians, please notify Darlene at 312-427-2533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so she can get a head count.

NCRD Conference 2009

National Counter-Recruitment and Demilitarization Conference Info back

Chicago, July 17-19, 2009

This page is the portal to information on the conference, including conference logistics, travel to the conference, where to stay, etc. We also will be posting the conference packet so you can download it in advance and read it on your way to the conference.

Materials will continue to be added here over the next several weeks, so check back often.

Logistics Housing Transportation
Schedule
   
Contact Informatiion:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 312-427-2533
Mail: CRC c/o AFSC
637 Dearborn St. #3
Chicago Illinois 60605
   

Register Online: Click here

CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS:

• Conference packet items

The conference packet contents are available for download here so that you can print it out before the conference and bring it with you. Hard copy packets will also be available at the conference

• Workshops

A workshop list and presenter biographies can be downloaded here. 

Documents that will be distributed by workshop presenters will be posted as they become available: Click here to download the documents.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop session times are in the conference schedule.

• Conference Presenters

Important notices for all conference presenters: Click here

Subcategories

The NNOMY Opinion section is a new feature of our articles section. Writing on youth demilitarization issues is quite rare but we have discovered the beginning articles and notes being offered on this subject so we have decided to present them under an opinion category.  The articles presented do not necessarily reflect the views of the NNOMY Steering Committee.

 

Activists Demilitarizing Our Public Schools

The NNOMY CAMPUS page is a resource for activists wishing to understand how to more effectively intervene in our public schools against the increasing influence of Pentagon programs to indoctrinate our youth for war. A series of webinars are being planned on different successful strategies to effect policy changes in school districts that better protect student privacy from military recruiters, to organize access to counter-recruit on campus, and to monitor the activities of military personnel on public school campuses. Topics are listed by series and subject. NNOMY webinar based workshops are a more effective method to instruct how to proceed with curbing the number of youth that make the choice to join into military service, or do so with a more informed picture of what this service will entail.  This page will be updated periodically as additional webinars are conducted and new materials are produced to support these trainings. NNOMY will maintain these educational resources with the most up-to-date information and informed opinions as possible in order to keep the practice of national counter'recruitment efforts viable into the future.

 

Available Webinars:    

Pat RobertsonThe warning, given to me 25 years ago, came at the moment Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists began speaking about a new political religion that would direct its efforts at taking control of all institutions, including mainstream denominations and the government. Its stated goal was to use the United States to create a global, Christian empire. It was hard, at the time, to take such fantastic rhetoric seriously, especially given the buffoonish quality of those who expounded it. But Adams warned us against the blindness caused by intellectual snobbery. The Nazis, he said, were not going to return with swastikas and brown shirts. Their ideological inheritors had found a mask for fascism in the pages of the Bible. - Chris Hedges (From his article: The Christian Right and the Rise of American Fascism, 2011)

Revised 04/17/2016

 

Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks to Department of Defense personnel, with President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2021. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Though the United States of America shares with other nations in a history of modern state militarism, the past 78 years following its consolidation as a world military power after World War II has seen a shift away from previous democratic characterizations of the state.  The last forty years, with the rise of the neo-conservative Reagan and  Bush (2) administrations, began the abandonment of moral justifications for democracy building replaced by  bellicose proclamations of the need and right to move towards a national project of global security by preemptive military force. Even with the return of eight years of the, so called, Liberal Obama administrations we saw the further erosion of long held human right protections with the suspension of habeas corpus and the increased usage of extra-judicial drone bombing killings of claimed combatants in multiple conflicts worldwide. Now with the Trump and Biden administrations, these programs have increased unbeknownst to the general public as the mainstream media silenced and normalized perpetual wars.

In the process of global military expansion, the US population has been subjected to an internal re-education to accept the role of the U.S. as consolidating its hegemonic rule internationally in the interest of liberal ideals of wealth creation and protectionism.

U.S. Air Force airmen acting as extras during the filming of the 2007 film Transformers at Holloman Air Force Base. A camera operator on an ATV can be seen filming them on the right.The average citizen has slowly come to terms with stealthily increasing campaigns of militarization domestically in media offerings; from television, movies, militarized video games,  and scripted news networks to reinforce the inevitability of a re-configured society as security state. The effect has begun a transformation of how, as citizens, we understand our roles and viability as workers and families in relation to this security state. This new order has brought with it a shrinking public common and an increasing privatization of publicly held infrastructure; libraries, health clinics, schools and the expectation of diminished social benefits for the poor and middle-class. The national borders are being militarized as are our domestic police forces in the name of Homeland Security but largely in the interest of business. The rate and expansion of research and development for security industries and the government agencies that fund them, now represent the major growth sector of the U.S.economy. Additionally, as the U.S. economy continually shifts from productive capital to financial capital as the engine of growth for wealth creation and development, the corporate culture has seen its fortunes rise politically and its power over the public sector grow relatively unchallenged by a confused citizenry who are watching their social security and jobs diminishing.

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team members, some armed with assault rifles, preparing for an exerciseHow increasing cultural militarization effects our common future will likely manifest in increased public dissatisfaction with political leadership and economic strictures. Social movements within the peace community, like NNOMY, will need to expand their role of addressing the dangers of  militarists predating youth for military recruitment in school to giving more visibility to the additional dangers of the role of an influential militarized media, violent entertainment and play offerings effecting our youth in formation and a general increase and influence of the military complex in all aspects of our lives. We are confronted with a demand for a greater awareness of the inter-relationships of militarism in the entire landscape of domestic U.S. society.  Where once we could ignore the impacts of U.S. military adventurisms abroad, we are now faced with the transformation of our domestic comfort zone with the impacts of militarism in our day to day lives where we are witnessing militarized police forces in all our cities.

How this warning can be imparted in a meaningful way by a movement seeking to continue with the stated goals of counter-recruitment and public policy activism, and not loose itself in the process, will be the test for those activists, past and future, who take up the call to protect our youth from the cultural violence of militarism.

Counter-recruitment poster.The "militarization of US culture" category will be an archive of editorials and articles about the increasing dangers we face as a people from those who are invested in the business of war. This page will serve as a resource for the NNOMY community of activists and the movement they represent moving into the future. The arguments presented in this archive will offer important realizations for those who are receptive to NNOMY's message of protecting our youth, and thus our entire society, of the abuses militarism plays upon our hopes for a sustainable and truly democratic society.

NNOMY

 

 

 

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The Resources section covers the following topics:

 

NNOMYpeace has organized the following resources for our own staff of activists to promote our campaigns on different social media platforms. Many are formatted for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds. 

We also welcome those activists inside our network of groups doing Truth in Recruitment and Counter-recruiting activism to utilize there resources for their own social media channels.

If you are not a group associated to NNOMYpeace, and would like to utilize these resources on your own channels, we encourage your groups to integrate to NNOMY on our National Directory of Youth Demilitarization Groups to help support the national community of youth demilitarization groups to know you and the scope of your activism. You can share your information to list your group by submitting an organizational form at the following LINK.

We have distributed the following graphics by campaign. Click on the categories below to see those that support different campaign themes by NNOMY

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The Divest “Your Body” from the War Machine graphics are campaigning resources for social media for the Divest campaign that NNOMY is collaborating with CodePink. NNOMY focuses on asking youth to "Divest of their Bodies" from military service with the war machine. These are strictly to be utilized with counter-recruitment only and not with TIR.

These social media resources are to be utilized with the "Winning the Peace" campaign in cooperation with the palm cards developed by War Resisters League and the support website created for smart phones, "What Everyone Should Know Before Joining the Military / Lo que deberías saber entres de enrolarte en las Fuerzas Armadas (FF.AA.) ,"  to answer questions for youth about what military service really involves for them.

These social media resources focus on groups nationally and regionally that take part in some form of youth demilitarization activism. That can include themes such as Truth in Recruitment or Counter-recruitment activism or participate in outreach to schools as veteral or antiwar speakers. Those using them should be cognizant of the limits that your location and context present before you decide to select the appropriate images and appeals for your use.

The Misc. social media image resources category are designed around various appeals encompassing general counter-recruitment messages and antiwar themes. They should be utilized judiciously with attention paid to the moment and situation of which they are applied. Some of these may be themed along specific important dates in the peace calendar of on specific subject relating to militarization especially those themes that effect youth. Those found in this category are not specific to a campaign.

Back to School Against War & Militarism! Get the 2018-19 Back-to-school Kit for Counter-recruiting and School De-militarization Organizing from The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth and find out how you can help keep our youth safer and send a message to school officials and your government... military recruiters should be monitored in local high school and minor-aged youth deserve a balanced narrative on military service! Act Now to activate in your child's public school against Pentagon intrusions into our community youth.

The "Eliminate Selective Service for Everyone" campaign category addresses the antiquated Selective Service system and the demand for its elimination. With the issue of women now being qualified for combat duties including fighting, the issue has been brought before the congress and senate of the United States to require women to register, like men, in the years when young adults are typically drafted into the services to fight wars if the draft needs to be re-initiated in the event of a national crisis where there are not sufficient troops to meet the troop requirement.

This campaign, "Eliminate Selective Service for Everyone," asks for the elimination of this demand based on it being a violation of basic and internationally recognized human rights protocols including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

https://nnomy.org/selectiveservice

The "Costs of War" campaign category came from the Watson Institute for International Affairs website of Brown University in Providence, RI. This institute has made their research into the economic, social, political, and human costs of U.S. wars their research focus. Their mission statement explains the following:

The Costs of War Project is a team of 50 scholars, legal experts, human rights practitioners, and physicians, which began its work in 2010. We use research and a public website to facilitate debate about the costs of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the related violence in Pakistan and Syria. There are many hidden or unacknowledged costs of the United States’ decision to respond to the 9/11 attacks with military force. We aim to foster democratic discussion of these wars by providing the fullest possible account of their human, economic, and political costs, and to foster better informed public policies.

This campaign, "Costs of War," asks for the public to be aware that our post 9/11 foreign policy has an effect on the U.S.'s international relations that are increasingly coming under question domestically and internationally and how those policies align with the stated goals of the U.S. State Department and its allied governments..

https://nnomy.org/costsofwar

NNOMY Peace produces workshops to assist groups in understanding the tactics of military recruiters in the school and the community and create community and strategies for groups envolved in youth demilitarization efforts.

NNOMYpeace produces printable and viewable resources to support the practice of Truth in Recruitment and Counter-recruitment activism.

News reports from the groups associated to the NNOMY Network including Social Media.

Reports from counter-recruitment groups and activists from the field. Includes information about action reports at recruiting centers and career fairs, school tabling, and actions in relation to school boards and state legislatures.

David SwansonDavid Swanson is the author of the new book, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, by Seven Stories Press and of the introduction to The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush by Dennis Kucinich. In addition to cofounding AfterDowningStreet.org, he is the Washington director of Democrats.com and sits on the boards of a number of progressive organizations in Washington, DC.


Charlottesville Right Now: 11-10-11 David Swanson
David Swanson joins Coy to discuss Occupy Charlottesville, protesting Dick Cheney's visit to the University of Virginia, and his new book. -  Listen

Jorge MariscalJorge Mariscal is the grandson of Mexican immigrants and the son of a U.S. Marine who fought in World War II. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego.

Matt GuynnMatt Guynn plays the dual role of program director and coordinator for congregational organizing for On Earth Peace, building peace and nonviolence leadership within the 1000+ congregations of the Church of the Brethren across the United States and Puerto Rico. He previously served a co-coordinator of training for Christian Peacemaker Teams, serving as an unarmed accompanier with political refugees in Chiapas, Mexico, and offering or supporting trainings in the US and Mexico.

Rick JahnkowRick Jahnkow works for two San Diego-based anti-militarist organizations, the Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities and the Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft. He can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pat ElderPat Elder was a co-founder of the DC Antiwar Network (DAWN) and a member of the Steering Committee of the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, (NNOMY).  Pat is currently involved in a national campaign with the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom project, Military Poisons,  investigating on U.S. military base contamination domestically and internationally.  Pat’s work has prominently appeared in NSA documents tracking domestic peace groups.

 

Documents:

audio  Pat Elder - National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth

NNOMY periodically participates in or organizes events(e.i. conferences, rallies) with other organizations.

News articles reposted about NNOMY. Includes news reports about our work with associated groups and conferences.

The Counter-recruitment Essentials section of the NNOMY web site covers the issues and actions spanning this type of activism. Bridging the difficult chasms between religious, veteran, educator, student, and community based activism is no small task. In this section you will find information on how to engage in CR activism in your school and community with the support of the knowledge of others who have been working to inform youth considering enlisting in the military. You will also find resources for those already in the military that are looking for some guidance on how to actively resist injustices  as a soldier or how to choose a path as a conscientious objector.

John Judge was a co-founder of the Committee for High School Options and Information on Careers, Education and Self-Improvement (CHOICES) in Washington DC, an organization engaged since 1985 in countering military recruitment in DC area high schools and educating young people about their options with regard to the military. Beginning with the war in Viet Nam, Judge was a life-long anti-war activist and tireless supporter of active-duty soldiers and veterans.

 

"It is our view that military enlistment puts youth, especially African American youth, at special risk, not only for combat duty, injury and fatality, but for military discipline and less than honorable discharge, which can ruin their chances for employment once they get out. There are other options available to them."


In the 1970's the Selective Service System and the paper draft became unworkable, requiring four induction orders to get one report. Boards  were under siege by anti-war and anti-draft forces, resistance of many kinds was rampant. The lottery system failed to dampen the dissent, since people who knew they were going to be drafted ahead of time became all the more active. Local draft board members quit in such numbers that even I was approached, as a knowledgeable draft counselor to join the board. I refused on the grounds that I could never vote anyone 1-A or eligible to go since I opposed conscription and the war.

At this point the Pentagon decided to replace the paper draft with a poverty draft, based on economic incentive and coercion. It has been working since then to draw in between 200-400,000 enlisted members annually. Soon after, they began to recruit larger numbers of women to "do the jobs men don't want to". Currently recruitment quotas are falling short, especially in Black communities, and reluctant parents are seen as part of the problem. The hidden problem is retention, since the military would have quadrupled by this time at that rate of enlistment, but the percentage who never finish their first time of enlistment drop out at a staggering rate.

I began bringing veterans of the Vietnam War into high schools in Dayton, Ohio in the late 1960s, and have continued since then to expose young people to the realities of military life, the recruiters' false claims and the risks in combat or out. I did it first through Vietnam Veterans Against the War/Winter Soldier Organization, then Dayton Draft & Military Counseling, and since 1985 in DC through C.H.O.I.C.E.S.

The key is to address the broader issues of militarization of the schools and privacy rights for students in community forums and at meetings of the school board and city council. Good counter-recruitment also provides alternatives in the civilian sector to help the poor and people of color, who are the first targets of the poverty draft, to find ways to break into the job market, go to a trade school, join an apprenticeship program, get job skills and placement help, and find money for college without enlisting in the military.

John Judge -- counselor, C.H.O.I.C.E.S.
 
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https://nnomy.org/popcultureandmilitarism/

Selene Rivas presents for the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth a series of brief articles exploring how the U.S. citizenry has been normalized to accept a permanent state of militarism through popular culture: Movies, video games and comic books. From Monday, November 20th and continuing through Sunday the 26th of November, 2017, a new segment of this series of short articles will be featured each day. Select from the articles below.

You can find out more about the Week Of Action at War Resisters' International.

Edward Hasbrouck grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He considers myself primarily a political activist. Hasbrouck began his resistance to the violence of illegitimate authority as an elected but nonvoting student representative to the local school board and as an activist for peace, disarmament, and students' rights. His first book was a handbook for high school students on their legal rights co-authored in the summer of 1977, between high school and college, as an intern for the student service bureau of the Massachusetts Department of Education. He majored in political science at the University of Chicago until leaving school to pursue direct involvement in political activism.

 

 


Conscription of young people to fight old people's wars is one of the ultimate expressions of ageism, and for me, resistance to an ageist draft was first and foremost a component and continuation of the struggle for youth liberation. The religious and authoritarian justifications for conscription and war are remarkably similar to the religious and authoritarian rationales for violence against children and for slavery. - Edward Hasbrouck


In 1980, after a five-year hiatus, the U.S. government reinstated the requirement that all young men register for military conscription with the Selective Service System. In 1982, Hasbrouck was selected for criminal prosecution by the U.S. Department of "Justice" (specifically, by William Weld and Robert Mueller) as one of the people they considered the most vocal of the several million nonregistrants for the draft. As one of 20 nonregistrants who were prosecuted before the government abandoned the enforcement of draft registration, Hasbrouck was convicted and "served" four and a half months in a Federal Prison Camp in 1983-1984. The high-profile trials of resistance organizers proved counterproductive for the government. These trials served only to call attention to the government's inability to prosecute more than a token number of nonregistrants, and reassured nonregistrants that they were not alone in their resistance and were in no danger of prosecution unless they called attention to themselves.

 

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