ADVICE TO DEPLOYED NATIONAL GUARD
Peace Action Montgomery County (MD) created ads for Facebook, Twitter and wherever else that might have been relevant, advising their state’s National Guard troops – sent to Washington, DC to quell Black Lives Matter protests – that it perhaps wasn’t necessary to do Donald Trump’s bidding. While the MD Guard has returned home, we wanted to show what the ads looked like…complete with the GI Rights Hotline.
WEB SITES TO HELP FEND OFF RECRUITERS
New Jersey Peace Action, Central Jersey People's Organization for Progress and New Jersey HS Anti-War (a facebook group) have launched a new website loaded with resources to enable high school students and their parents to opt out of sending students' contact information to the military. Please feel free to use this website and send out information about it as far and as wide as possible. (From Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of NJ Peace Action)
INFORMATION ABOUT MILITARY APTITUDE TESTING IN HIGH SCHOOL
There is also a new website on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, ASVAB. This is a fantastic resource dedicated to everything ASVAB. The site contains an excellent overview of the issue, news articles about military testing, and compelling resources for students, parents and school officials. There is also an impressive collection of military documents pertaining to the administration of the ASVAB program. This is an excellent resource activists can use for reaching out to school administrators and state legislators.
WE ARE NOT YOUR SOLDIERS
Click here to join a national “Anti-Military Recruiters” campaign in schools and communities, featuring Iraq and Afghanistan vets and World Can’t Wait.
The intention of the Campus Outreach Committee of Peace Action of San Mateo County in researching and producing the brochure available here —in two versions, each displayed in two different ways—was to provide a compact source of information for youth who are faced with both societal pressures and often direct pressure from military recruiters to enlist in a branch of the U.S. military.
We hope that multiple appropriate copies of this brochure may be placed in Career Centers and counseling offices in high schools and community colleges, wherever such a distribution and display can be arranged. We feel strongly that young people should be provided with both sides of the many issues involved in the controversial subject of military recruitment. The information in this brochure is based on a number of sources including information gathered and verified by such organizations as the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, the War Resisters League, the American Friends Service Committee and others. We are deeply indebted to the help and in some cases the exact wording we have “borrowed” from these sister organizations.