How Peace Activists Can Win Access to Schools Equal to that of Military Recruiters

Rick Jahnkow -

Since the end of the Vietnam War, the US military has been steadily expanding its presence and influence in schools. In light of this, our expectations need to be realistic: reversing the militarization trend and establishing a strong counter-recruitment presence in schools is not something that can be accomplished in a year. It requires a long-term vision and proportionate commitment by groups for the long haul.

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 and organizations now understand that there is an organizing strategy that can be employed with much more effectiveness than the symbolic protest that has characterized most anti-war activism since September 11, 2001. People are finally looking deeper into the issues and understanding that no matter how frightening and uncontrollable the Bush administration may seem, it has a very reachable Achilles heel when it comes to needing human resources to wage its wars.

News from the NNOMY Network 9-05-2011

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New People who like The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth Facebook Page including....

Peace and Social Justice Ministry - Catholic Diocese of JolietNorthwest Suburban Peace & Education Project, Buddhist Peace Fellowship of Tampa Bay - ChapterTampa Bay Counter Recruitment Coalition, Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas , Granny Peace Brigade , The Whatcom Peace and Justice Center , Rockland Coalition for Peace and Justice , Massachusetts Peace Action, Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice, AZ Counter-Recruitment Coalition, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section, Institute for Peace and Justice, Peace Action, South Lake Democratic Club, San Diego Friends Center,  and others .......

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Pablo Paredes / A Dream Deferred , San Francisco

Pintando Verdad contra el Poder

A Dream DeferredEs un terreno baldío abandonado a tres cuadras de la alcaldía de San Francisco y al lado del edificio de los Amigos (cuáqueros) de San Francisco. Los cuáqueros han tratado de trabajar con la ciudad para crear un jardín comunitario, pero hasta ahora sin resultado. Las agujas usadas, basura, cristales rotos y las viviendas improvisadas de las personas sin hogar, lleno de sueños en la última década.

Esta semana un grupo de jóvenes migrantes con status mixto del proyecto 67 sueños de AFSC, sus amigos, familiares y aliados han estado trabajando duro para transformar este espacio. Desde la limpieza de la basura para la colocar un hermoso mural de unos 100 por 30 pies, cada parte de este mural refleja la experiencia del migrante.

San Francisco, California: Lea más en "A Dream Deferred" Sitio Web

Leah Bolger /Veterans For Peace, National

Why You Won’t See Veterans For Peace on the Cover of TIME Magazine

The Greatest New GenerationThe cover of the August 29, 2011 issue of TIME magazine features five members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), with the caption “The New Greatest Generation.” The point of author Joe Klein’s article is that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new kind of veteran who is “bringing skills that seem to be on the wane in American society, qualities we really need now:  crisp decision making, rigor, optimism, entrepreneurial creativity, a larger sense of purpose and real patriotism.” Klein profiles a small number of veterans (including a Harvard valedictorian, a Rhodes scholar, and a Dartmouth grad) who have done well since returning to civilian life and credits their military service as the reason, then goes on to make a sweeping generalization that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have created a whole new generation of hard-working, disciplined young citizens who have something “more” to offer than their civilian counterparts.

National / Common Dreams:  Read more on the Common Dreams Web site


Stanley Kirshner Breen / Southwest High School, Minneapolis, MN

War and Art: Creativity and Youth In Action

Child Antiwar Project$1,216,539,560,417 or — for those of you who are like me and can’t process numbers instantly in their head —   one trillion, two hundred and sixteen billion, five hundred and thirty nine million, five hundred and sixty thousand, four hundred and seventeen dollars. This is the total cost, and rising, of what America has spent on war in the past decade. I think that when people   see such a large number as this, they have a hard time connecting it to their lives. So I considered the most  important things in my life.

As hard as it is to admit in the middle of summer, school is one of the most influential things in my life. I go to a Minneapolis public school, and the lack of money has been noticeable, mainly in class sizes. While my school has been lucky with funding, I know schools that are not. Schools in the poorer area of the city have had their arts funding cut to where its basically nonexistent. This is terrible!  Our taxes are being used to support violence and terror in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet America’s youth don’t have creative outlets in school.

Minneapolis, MN: Read more on the Michael Moore Website

Ernie McCray/ COMD/ San Diego, California

Rekindling the Fire — Now That Would Be Great!

COMD - Leafeting against militarismI was asked to see if I could rekindle (though I can barely keep a campfire going) energy for leafleting our high schools with information to help students understand and respond to attempts to militarize them. They encounter this not only in their schools but also in their communities and beyond, as anyone can see in commercials, video games, and every form of media.

Well, it should be obvious that there's a tremendous need for us, especially those of us who dare to refer to ourselves as "community activists." We look out for our children when Uncle Sam comes after them with his zest for war, even though some of the organizations and activities that counter the militarization of young people are shrinking nationwide.

For instance: the American Friends Service Committee no longer has staff in its national office working full time on youth and military recruitment. The work of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO) ceased in 2008 when the venerable, decades-old organization folded. And, for a brief while, Project YANO (Youth and Non-Military Opportunities) recently had to cut its sole paid organizer's position to half-time.

San Diego, California: Read more on the Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft Website

Peace Action / Kansas City, Missouri

KC peace activists stand up for democracy in (nonviolent) fight to stop new Bomb factory

Protests at the Honeywell Plant in Kansas CityPeace Action’s affiliate in the Kansas City area, PeaceWorks Kansas City, is one of the leaders of the struggle to prevent a new factory to build the non-nuclear components for U.S. nuclear weapons. I plan to visit Kansas City in mid-October and hope to be able to learn more and support the cause.

National Peace Action board member Larry Wittner has an article on this struggle on History News Network, and Mother Jones also had a piece on this by Adam Weinstein as well. More soon about how we can all support the KC Peace Planters!



Kansas City, Missouri: Go to the Peace Action Website and give your support , Reported in Mother Jones, In The National Catholic Reporter

The Wilmington Peace Center/ Charlottesville, Virginia

The Military Industrial Complex at 50

Wilmington Peace Center Event

A Conference on Moving Money from the Military to Human Needs

September 16-18, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011, at  the Haven, 112 W Market Street, Charlottesville, Va.  Map.
Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2011, at The Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at  Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 County Road 338, Charlottesville, Va. 22902-7589.  Map.

Charlottesville, Virginia
: Read more at the The Wilmington Peace Group Website



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New People who like The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth Facebook Page including....

Lilian Ix'Chel Molina , Freedom Voices , Pedro Montenegro , Irma Cabrera Romero , James Fox , Jenell Holden , Edric Figueroa , Teachers ForJustice ,  and others .......

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Pacem in Terris / Peace on Earth , Delaware

Creating the Peaceable Classroom

The program brings the teaching of Conflict Resolution INTO the classroom with the regular teacher or assistant. It integrates Conflict Resolution into everything that goes on in the entire school and further, in the home and eventually, the community. All of the adults in a school are trained in Conflict Resolution methods and goals. Every incident of conflict is noticed and addressed. Nothing is so small or insignificant that CPC ignores it. What we offer is also a community resource to help any organization or group that deals with children, not just schools.

Wilmington, Delaware: Read more about this program at the Pacem in Terris / Peace on Earth Website

Medea Benjamin / Charles Davis / Code Pink, San Francisco, California

Enormous Cuts In Military Spending? Read The Fine Print

In this age of austerity, all the politicians are talking about the need for spending cuts. But when it comes to shared burdens and slashed budgets, don't expect the Pentagon to start holding bake sales, despite what you may have heard about reductions to its obscenely bloated funding.

San Francisco, California:  Read more on the Huff Post Politics Page


Resource Center for Non-violence, Watsonville, California

RCNVs ReGeneration Project

In an effort to reinvigorate the Resource Center with youth involvement   the ReGeneration Project seeks to provide a space for Santa Cruz youth and students of all ages to engage in critical and creative thinking about our society, and the resources to address those issues through creative and nonvi0lent means. We believe that the arts are the vehicle through which social change and creative cultural resistance can occur!

Watsonville, California: Read more on the RCNV Website

American Friends Service Committee/ Chicago, Illinois

Military Recruiter Abuse Hotline

The National Youth and Militarism Recruiter Abuse Hotline is now open at 1- 877-688-6881. After hearing many reports from young people and their families about abuses by military recruiters, we at AFSC are beginning to track these abuses as reported to our national hotline. Examples of recruiter abuse include making misleading or false statements; repeated contact after a request to refrain from contact; physical coercion; sexual solicitation; encouraging recruits to lie or falsify information; offering drugs or alcohol; attempting to intimidate or scare recruits or their parents; and refusal to accurately document recruits’ medical or legal situations.

Chicago, Illinois: Read more on the AFSC Chicago Website


Veterans for Peace Chapter 54 / Santa Barbara, California

Mark Twain on the Philippines

The story is in response to a particular war, namely the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, which Twain opposed.

The War Prayer
by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener. It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety’s sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way.

Santa Barbara, California: Read more on the VFP 54 Website

Center on Conscience & War / Washington, D.C.

District of Columbia Residents: Automatic or Manual? Tell D.C. Council Not to Link Registration With Driver's Licenses

A majority of states in the U.S. now link registration with Selective Service and obtaining a driver’s license. What this means is that if a man has failed to register, he cannot receive his license.

Now the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital, is working to do the same thing to its young male residents.

Legislation B19-0330, titled “Access to Selective Service Registration Amendment Act of 2011,” was introduced on June 7, 2011 to the D.C. Council.

The current law says: “Men between 18 and 25 years* of age, may register with the Selective Service when they obtain or renew their driver's license.” (emphasis added)

The new bill would change this provision to: “Men between 18 and 25 years of age, shall register with the Selective Service when they obtain or renew their driver's license.” (emphasis added)

Washington, D.C.: Read more at the CCW Website



Community Action

College Not CombatCounter recruitment work involves many segments of the community, representing activists from religious groups, ethically motivated veterans whom have seen the dangers and contradictions of illegal wars, parents who are seeking a better future for their children and students working to de-militarize their schools. NNOMY has established the COMMUNITY ACTION PAGE as a starting point for helping potential activists decide which category best describes themselves and assembling the appropriate resources to get started planning how  to organize your work as a group or individual.

Here are some recommended links available to better inform you as a community activist. This is a work in progress and NNOMY will be adding new documents as they are prepared and as policies change that effect enlistment. Check back periodically.

Resource Pages:

  • The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth 2014 Back-to-school Kit for Counter-recruitment and School Demilitarization Organizing is now available to assist you in understanding the work, your rights, and the challenges to return to the public schools to counter-recruit. Please visit this page and review the materials we have assembled for you and feel free to ask questions as well at Our Contact Page and we will do our best to answer you or your group in a timely manner.
  • For Parents
  • For Students
  • For Teachers
  • For Enlisted Personnel

Principle Issues and materials to inform you as an activist:



Organizations you should know:

Articles on the web:


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80 New People who like The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth including....

Preston Enright, Christine Stone, Gary Lee, Serena Blaiz, Jay Diamond, Francisco Estrada, Gina Herman Tyner, Ebony Murphy-Root, Veterans For-Peace Long-Island, Casey Ross, Maurice Martin, Elva Salinas, Regeneration Csa, Miguel-Angel Soria, Ucsd Clah, Natalia Trenchi, Sharon Weisman, Cristina Fernández, Farah Azadi, MacGregor Eddy, Mike Budd, Ana Gonzalez, Pablo Paredes,

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Penn Army of None, Pennsylvania

NNOMY Welcomes our latest network member!

Penn Army of None works to resist the militarization of our schools on multiple levels. At the student/parent level, their efforts are geared toward raising awareness of Military Databases and Opt Out Rights, Enlistment Facts Recruiters,  Don't Tell, and Alternatives to Military Enlistment.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Visit the Penn Army of None Website


LEPOCO/ Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Peace Camp 2011

Monday, July 25th - Friday, July 29th, 2011, 9am - noon: LEPOCO's Annual "Young People Making Peace" Summer Day Camp, at First Presbyterian Church (corner of Tilghman Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard) in Allentown. Five mornings of stories, songs, games, crafts, and learning activities related to the broad topic of peace and justice, for children ages 5-12 who have completed kindergarten to 6th grade. Sponsored by the LEPOCO Peace Center and the Center for Humanistic Change. Click here for a Camper Registration Form to fill out and send in. Call 610-691-8730 for a Volunteer Interest Form or for more information..

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Read more on the Bay - Peace Website



Following NYCLU Advocacy, DOJ/DOE Affirm Immigrant Children’s Right to Attend U.S. Public Schools.

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education have issued guidance to all the nation’s school districts clarifying that schools must not inquire about a child’s immigration status at enrollment. The guidance follows a New York Civil Liberties Union analysis last year that found that at least 20 percent of public school districts across New York State were unlawfully barring or discouraging the enrollment of immigrant students. Civil rights group across the nation conducted similar advocacy on this issue.

NYC, NY.: Read more on the NYCLU Website

Pax Christi Will County/ Joliet, Illinois


ICIRR applauds both parties for supporting education for children of immigrants brought here without legal status by their parents

Springfield— Today, the Illinois DREAM Act (SB2185), legislation that would offer undocumented youth better access to higher education, passed in the Illinois House of Representatives on a bipartisan 60-54 vote. SB 2185, sponsored in the House by Rep. Edward Acevedo, has the support of Cardinal George, 15 university presidents, and hundreds of other faith leaders, business leaders, and community organizations.

Joliet, Illinois: Read more on the Pax Christi Website

The Tulsa Peace Fellowship / Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Tulsa Peace Fellowship's Counter-Recruitment Update/Digest, for June 2011

Congress Admits Soldiers Have No Marketable Skills after Service in the Military. About 27 percent of veterans age 20 to 24 are unemployed, according to recent statistics from the Labor Department. Many veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan are finding themselves at a competitive disadvantage when they look for civilian employment in the difficult economy because they lack job-skills training, according to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the bill’s sponsor.

Tulsa, Oklahoma : Read more on the Washington Post


Sustainable Options for Youth / Austin, Texas

Veterans launch Operation Recovery at Ft. Hood

On Memorial Day, I joined supporters of Under The Hood Cafe in Killeen to learn more about the Operation Recovery project now underway at the entrance of Ft. Hood.  Members of IVAW have gathered to bring their concerns directly to the new administrator of the base, General Campbell.  Concerns center on the multiple deployments of soldiers who are clearly suffering psychological and physical injuries that are not being treated adequately in the military.  Members of IVAW have built a watch tower overlooking one of the entrances to Ft. Hood to demonstrate their intent to hold the General accountable and to continue their efforts to meet with him.  See the video above of the press conference held this week by IVAW members at the watch tower.

Austin, Texas: Read more at the SOY Website



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Alternatives to the Military/ Lincoln, Nebraska

NNOMY Welcomes our latest network member!

Alternatives to the Military is a project of the Nebraska Greens. We welcome them to the NNOMY Network and acknowledge their work in increasing awareness about the DOD's Starbase Program and the danger it poses to children who are further indoctrinated into a culture of war.

Lincoln, Nebraska: Visit the Alternatives to the Military Website


BAY- Peace/ Oakland, California

YOUTH MANIFESTO CAMPAIGN: We did it! ... Thanks to your support!

We are very proud to announce that on May 12th, the Oakland Board of Education took a strong stand against aggressive military recruiting in Oakland Unified School District schools by passing the Student Privacy and Equal Access Resolution, marking the success of the BAY-Peace Youth Manifesto Campaign.

Oakland, California
: Read more on the Bay - Peace Website


On Earth Peace/ New Windsor, MD

On Earth Peace is launching Step Up!, a network of youth and emerging young adults taking action to eliminate violence, advance justice, and build peace.

By joining Step Up! participants commit to three years of active peacemaking, and On Earth Peace commits to accompanying youth and young adults as they lead peace making initiatives in their own communities.

Step Up! calls participants to LEARN the ways of active nonviolence through monthly emails and training events; LEAD efforts to advance justice, build peace and eliminate violence; and BUILD the movement through inviting friends and supporting the network with an annual donation. Are you or someone you know searching for a network of learning and support to step up for peace?
Read more on the Step Up! web page and sign up, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

New Windsor, MD.: Read more on the On Earth Peace Website

Peaceful Gatherings/ Corning, NY

Peaceful Gatherings informs high school and college students about the many alternatives to enlisting in the military, including alternative National Service, college scholarship opportunities and regional private and public sector employment options and services.

Peaceful Gatherings has set up information tables at East High in Corning, NY, West High in Painted Post, and at Corning Community College.

We need additional volunteers to counter the high-pressure sales pitch of military recruiters in our high schools. We want our young men and women to make important decisions about the future with informed minds. We intend to make every effort to ensure that young people are given the chance to know what they are committing to before

Corning, NY: Read more on the Peaceful Gatherings Website


American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

On April 19 AFSC’s Racial Justice Through Human Rights (RJTHR) youth group accomplished their goal when Pittsburgh was declared a Human Rights City. Youth from the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy joined the RJTHR youth during the presentation of the proclamation in a ceremony during City Council. Five of the RJTHR youth accepted the Proclamation and spoke about their hope and concerns for the future of Pittsburgh.  .

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Read more on the AFSC Philadelphia Website


Rogue Valley Peace Veterans/ Jackson County/Ashland-Rogue River, Oregon

Forming & Maintaining School Peace Groups

Many educational institutions have clubs for student activists to join. If your school doesn't already have some form of a peace group, here is a rough guide of how to start one. Most schools, colleges and universities have a procedure by which clubs and groups are formed, which can usually be found through your school's office or student's union.

Jackson County/Ashland-Rogue River, Oregon: Read more at the Rogue Valley Peace Veterans Website




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.

General David Petraeus' rocky first days as a lecturer at the City University of New York Though the United States of America shares with other nations in a history of modern state militarism, the past 65 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 thirty years, with the rise of the neo-conservative Reagan and Bush administrations (2), 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 .

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.

The average citizen has slowly come to terms with a stealthly increasing campaign of militarization domestically in media offerings; from television, movies 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 undertand 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 infrustructure; 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.

How 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.

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.

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.



The Resources section covers the following topics:

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.


All Documents:

Pat Elder - National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth

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

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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