Rick 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: RJahnkow@aol.com
School violence: a result of bad parenting or militarism?
High profile school shootings in the US have been the inspiration for much popular discussion about the causes of youth violence in recent years, with everyone—from bad parents and corrupt teachers, to rock stars—being blamed. Rick Jahnkow argues that while the motivation for such shootings may be complex, one causal factor in particular is being ignored—militarism. Rick Jahnkow - (Reposted from ...
Signs of a Coming Push to Further Militarize Schools
Rick Jahnkow - In May 2013 the Military Times newspapers carried an article titled, “Services Prepare for Scant Recruiting Year.” It began with the following sentence: Finding recruits to join the ...Tags
The Military Enlistment Opportunity Act: a New Kind of Draft?
Rick Jahnkow - It’s well established that many people who join the U.S. military do so because of their economic status. It could be that they do not see options for a civilian job that pays a ...TagsRepresentative Mike Coffman | Militarizing citizenship | legal permanent residency (LPR) | Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee | House Resolution 435 | Dream Act | Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) | deferred action draft | DACA | Barak Obama | Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee | Rick Jahnkow | poverty draft
The Gun Problem No One Talks About: Shooting Ranges in Schools
Rick Jahnkow - Just about everyone views the National Rifle Association as the leading champion of gun culture in the United States. When there is a mass shooting — even one as outrageous as the ...
Ninth Circuit Court Ruling: Confronting Militarism by Using Equal Access to High Schools
Rick Jahnkow - When the military comes to your local high school, you have a legal right to give students an opposing view. This has been the position taken by federal district courts in Florida, ...
San Diego Students Give Pink Slip to High School Military Program
Rick Jahnkow - Students at Mission Bay High School in San Diego are now celebrating what amounts to a very rare organizing victory: the expulsion of a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps unit ...
Counter-recruitment and School Demilitarization Activism: From Past Victories to the Challenges Ahead
Rick Jahnkow - Counter-recruitment and school demilitarization work in the U.S. has gone through several cycles of expansion and contraction during the last few decades. The first expansion was ...
The Counter-Recruitment Movement - Beyond Opt-Out
Rick Jahnkow - It is encouraging to observe the contemporary anti-war movement’s recent shift toward giving greater attention to military recruiting. This means that a growing number of individuals ...