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Military Recruitment in Our Schools- Students’ Rights and an NYCLU Guide
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When the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth formed its counter-recruitment as a network of groups and individuals activating in school counter-recruitment work in 2003, we had an unpopular war in Iraq and an unpopular president and administration in the White House. Recruiters were struggling to meet their recruitment goals. Now, eight years later in 2011, recruitment goals are being achieved in excess of 100% due to a more popular president, a collapsing economy with few job opportunities, and a public slowly falling into resignation about permanent continual wars. NNOMY is on the verge of a national call to reinvigorate groups to engage again in returning to schools in earnest to ask students and parents to look again at this disturbing trend and to find an extended basis of appeal to not joining into ongoing militarism. The future of this movement is at stake and we need activists committed to the issue of protecting our youth from this plague of institutional violence. NNOMY needs activists like you to help spread the word to keep this issue in front of the public and alert others of this growing threat to our youth and our faltering democracy. Please help.
Thanks for commenting.
NNOMY does important work, and I hope others will support its efforts.
Bob, for PJO
Stop the No Child left Behind Act! Its causing rape and death to our own children! Its the biggest fraud ever to hit our schools! The biggest violation to privacy ever to be in our schools! And you can take that one to the bank!! Dammmmmmmm!!
The group ‘PACE E BENE” http://www.paceebene.org has an excellent workbook called “Engage” which is a 12 session curriculum to teach both theory and practice of nonviolence. I have used it twice with adult groups –in abbreviated form–and found it just excellent. The lesson plans and materials are all laid out, and any experienced teacher or presenter can use it. This would be an excellent resource for older teens. Workbook is $25.
Mary Beth- Thanks so much for this info. I just took a look at the Pace e Bene site. It has some good resources. Thanks a lot. I hope Peace and Justice Online readers find it to be of interest. -Bob
This is an ongoing concern for many of us at North Country Peace Group. Last year a number of us participated in a phone campaign that asked school officials if they were guarding the rights of their students regarding Military Recruitment. While most H.S. counseling departments were in compliance with the law a few were negligent. I wonder if there are other teachers and retired teachers who have a similar concern. Perhaps we can start with our local chapter here in Northport NY. I wonder if the chapter communication person will include this information for distribution to all retires so they can get involved if it is important to them also? I will look into it.
Chuck- Thanks for the comments. Good idea. I wonder if any of the state teachers’ organizations would get involved with this. -Bob
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As a Board member of the Suffolk Chapter of the NYCLU, I urge one and all to have a few copies of No Student Left Unrecruited on hand for friends, children, grandchildren.
The ACLU name seems to add legitimacy to the document and it does not preach, it simply informs people of their rights.
Charlotte- Thanks so much for pointing this out. Coincidentally, I was at an event last night, hosted by our local Vets for Peace chapter, and they had a stack of them on the lit table. The palm cards really are handy. Thanks again. -Bob