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Your School Is Becoming a Police State and a Hotbed for Military Recruiting

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  • The shookking Orwellian rise of "School Resource Officers" and military recruiters.
  • Part 1: Your school is becoming a police state. 
  • Part 2: Truth in Recruiting
  • Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Your school is becoming a police state. 

  • The shocking, Orwellian rise of “school resource officers”
  • When a cop attacks a student sitting peacefully in the classroom, we shouldn't be surprised. This is the new normal.

Daniel Denvir, Salon

http://media.salon.com/2015/10/student_video-620x412.jpg Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 | The video of a school police officer in Columbia, South Carolina, brutally flipping a student backward and then heaving her across the room is instructive because it is not an isolated incident.

Earlier this month, ten people were arrested during protests in Pawtucket, RI, following a videotaped incident of a school police officer aggressively taking down a student who did not appear to pose a threat. In August, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit accusing a school police officer in Covington, KY, of shackling two children with ADHD. The children were only 8 and 9 years old. (A video of one incident is here). In March, the Houston Chronicle reported that “police officers in eight of the largest Houston-area school districts have used force on students and trespassers at least 1,300 times in the last four years.”

Daniel Denvir is a writer at Salon covering criminal justice, policing, education, inequality and politics.

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Part 2: Truth In Recruiting

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  • Stopping War Where it Begins
  • Organizing Against Militarism In Our Schools

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)

Truth in Recruiting is the foundational principle that directs the work of multiple Counter-recruitment groups inside the United States of America and territories. It has the essential mission to inform students, parents, and school teachers of the disparities that exist in the information that military recruiters are presenting to American Youth about military service in our schools. Since the implementation of a voluntary military force, the need to develop a vigorous campaign by the Department of Defense has led to aggressive recruitment quotas and encouraged unethical tactics of appeal to capture and encourage the interest of youth to join into the military forces. Recruiters have compromised the telling of the real facts of what it means to serve in the military services and appealing to parents with overstated educational and career benefits and to young people with the promise of travel and a "life adventure" that masks the real risks to their physical and mental health as they move forward into their lives.

Top military recruitment facts

1. Recruiters lie. According the New York Times, nearly one of five United States Army recruiters was under investigation in 2004 for offenses varying from "threats and coercion to false promises that applicants would not be sent to Iraq." One veteran recruiter told a reporter for the Albany Times Union, "I've been recruiting for years, and I don't know one recruiter who wasn't dishonest about it. I did it myself."

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth 

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(NNOMY) is a national networking body that brings together national, regional and local organizations to oppose the growing intrusion of the military in young people's lives.

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Related:

Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks, Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign

  • "School-based military recruitment of adolescents is harmful."—American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • "Military Service is associated with disproportionately poor health for
  • those in late adolescence." --APHA
  • "Adolescent development is insufficient to support wise choices that have lifelong implications."—APHA
  • Opposing Junior ROTC

 

10,000 Kids Are Injured Or Killed By Guns Each Year In The U.S.

  • “This study reinforces what we know from the mortality data,” Daniel Webster, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told NBC News. “We have an extraordinary health burden in our youth associated with firearms injuries.”
  • Webster pointed out that the United States’ rate of mortality from firearms is about ten times higher than the rates in other wealthy nations. “This is a very unique and abnormal problem that such a wealthy nation should have such high mortality and morbidity in youth related to firearms,” he noted.
  • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases

Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress

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http://cdn.thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Guns_for_sale-e1355934732732.jpg Jan 27, 2014 | Injuries from firearms send an estimated 7,000 kids to the ER every year, and an additional 3,000 children die from gunshot wounds before they can get to a hospital, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Doctors are pointing to the new data as further evidence of the serious public health toll that gun violence takes on America’s youth.

The new study drilled down some of the data from a 2009 survey of kids’ pediatric stays. That year, the majority of kids’ gunshot injuries — 4,559 — resulted from intentional assaults with a firearm. An additional 2,149 were accidents, and 270 were suicide attempts. About six percent of the children who made it to the ER ended up dying in the hospital from their injuries, which are typically open wounds, fractures, or brain or spinal injuries.

Tara Culp-Ressler is a Senior Editor at ThinkProgress. She was previously a Health Editor, Health Reporter, and Editorial Assistant for the site. 

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Related:

At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases, Nicole Flatow, Think Progress  <http://thinkprogress.org>

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  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue.

 

High School Football Inc.

  • The latest experiment in prep football is taking root, and coaches and officials around the country are watching with curiosity and wariness.
  • What happens when corporate America appropriates high school football ...
  • College Football Is Stealing Your Education

Jere Longman, New York (NY) Times

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September 18, 2015 | The sun had not yet set last Friday on a field ringed by palm trees when, on the first play from scrimmage, Shea Patterson rolled to his left and threw a 69-yard touchdown pass for his high school, IMG Academy, a private, for-profit sports boarding school.

On the academy’s campus, a onetime tomato farm, the latest experiment in prep football is taking root and could produce, depending on one’s view, bountiful harvests of talent or a blight of professionalism. Coaches and officials around the country are watching with curiosity and wariness.

Jere Longman has been a sports reporter for the New York Times since October 1993, covering a variety of international sports, primarily those of the Olympics.

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Related:

College Football Is Stealing Your Education, Robert Greenwald, Huffington Post

  • One of America's favorite pastimes is essentially draining the lifeblood and the future wealth out of the next generation and few realize it. What's worse, we are watching yet another round of the corporatization of American colleges and universities and the toll it's taking on the country and excusing it as tradition.
  • We Are All Amoral Football Hypocrites: Brain Injuries, Billionaire Tax Breaks and Our Indefensible Super Bowl Parties

 

Let's Stop Shaming Ourselves for Having Robust and Healthy Sex Lives

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  • Let's stop shaming females for having robust and healthy sex lives, or for being in touch with and honoring their physical desires. Let's instead give these young women the tools they need to arm themselves for participation in healthy sexual relationships: namely, confidence, pregnancy and disease prevention, and knowledge of consent and the right to full bodily autonomy.
  • Part 1: The Purity Standard Is Outdated and Unfair. And It's Time for It to Go
  • Part 2: Frozen Out- Disney's outdated messages to our daughters

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Purity Standard Is Outdated and Unfair. And It's Time for It to Go.

If I could sum up the era of my life in which I was discovering my sexuality in one word, that word would be: shame.

Ali Owens, Huffington Post

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/2632956/images/n-EMBARRASSED-WOMAN-large570.jpg10/06/2015 | If I could sum up the era of my life in which I was discovering my sexuality in one word, that word would be: shame.

Despite the personal nature of this story, I feel compelled to share it, because I fully believe that no young woman should have to experience such intense shame -- yet the sad truth is, most do.

Ali Owens: Writer, musician, lover of life.

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Part 2: Frozen Out- Disney's outdated messages to our daughters

  • Mike Thompson takes on the Disney princess franchise in this animated parody of "Frozen."
  • Disney needs to update the messages their princess franchise sends to our daughters.

Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press 

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And I found the task to be a royal pain.

The Disney princesses saturate popular culture among the preteen girl demographic -- everything from princess movies and princess clothes, to princess birthday parties, princess candy and princess backpacks bombard girls on a daily basis. My concern was the impact that these pervasive cartoon potentates would have on my daughters' priorities and sense of self.

Mike Thompson draws and animates his views for the Detroit Free Press and invites others to respond on his blog. He has been the Editorial Cartoonist for the Detroit Free Press since 1998. 

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Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks

  • "School-based military recruitment of adolescents is harmful." —American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • "Military Service is associated with disproportionately poor health for those in late adolescence." --APHA
  • "Adolescent development is insufficient to support wise choices that have lifelong implications." —APHA
  • Opposing Junior ROTC

Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign

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http://srkcampaign.org/sites/default/files/Quote06_ROTC_Day_2012.jpg The federal government spends billions of dollars a year on military recruiting and advertising, much of it directed at teenagers as their target market.

This is how tobacco companies used to recruit the next generation of customers for their products.

Science tells us that "the adolescent brain is not equipped to make accurate risk calculations" in life choices like using alcohol or tobacco or deciding to join the military before they reach adulthood.

Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign: Our goal is to protect kids from military recruiting. How we treat our young (and other vulnerable populations) is a mark of our level of civilization.

 

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Related:

Opposing Junior ROTC, John Wilborn, Veterans for Peace (VFP)

  • You are promoting militarism because this training (is) inseparable from and fundamental to militarism.
  • You are setting up a recruiting pipeline … channeling low achieving students -- disproportionately minority and low-income -- toward the military.

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