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Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools

  • A live online organizing workshop in three 1-hour parts
  • Opposing Junior ROTC

Produced by the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY), ; hosted by American Friends Service Committee.

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/Untitled.jpg26/08/2015 | Learn how policies have been adopted in various school districts

Restrictions have included:

  • limiting recruiter visits and their movement in schools
  • banning direct solicitation of contact information and
  • uninvited interaction with students
  • requiring equal access for counter-recruiters
  • controlling military (ASVAB) testing; and more . . .

The webinars are available now as linked  MP4 Files. Please take advantage of this important and informed resource.

donate.jpgNNOMY (National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth) 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.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.

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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.


Robert Parry | Will Peace Find a 2016 Advocate?


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Campaign 2016 has offered few useful ideas about worsening global crises. On the Republican side, it's been mostly the same-old tough talk while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have said little.

Robert Parry, Consortium News

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2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540 29August 15 | At least since the 1980s – when Ronald Reagan made war seem like fun again and the modern mainstream media took shape – the Democratic Party has lacked a coherent foreign policy, highlighted today by the fact that its top 2016 presidential candidates have largely evaded the topic in favor – almost exclusively – of domestic issues.

Part of the problem is that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has a record of pandering to the neoconservatives during her time as a U.S. senator from New York and as Secretary of State. She voted for the Iraq War in 2002 and, while President Barack Obama’s top diplomat, supported what some call “liberal interventionism,” which is barely distinguishable from neoconservatism.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from

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Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending August 22, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left. 
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    • Benghazi & Hillary: missing the story
    • Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq
    • America’s Virulent, Extremist Counterterrorism Ideology
    • The Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II
    • The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology


Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut


  • He supported the most reprehensible pro-gun legislation in recent memory—one that may block Sandy Hook families from winning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used to massacre their children.
  • Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle.

Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

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010069-flag-gun-constitution-070613.jpgMay 6, 2015 | When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders jumped into the 2016 presidential race, he was widely hailed as a far-left socialist who would appeal to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. A liberal challenge to Hillary Clinton, said Politico. True progressives’ liberal alternative, trumpeted FiveThirtyEight. But before liberal Democrats flock to Sanders, they should remember that the Vermont senator stands firmly to Clinton’s right on one issue of overwhelming importance to the Democratic base: gun control. During his time in Congress, Sanders opposed several moderate gun control bills. He also supported the most odious NRA–backed law in recent memory—one that may block Sandy Hook families from winning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used to massacre their children.

Sanders, an economic populist and middle-class pugilist, doesn’t talk much about guns on the campaign trail. But his voting record paints the picture of a legislator who is both skeptical of gun control and invested in the interests of gun owners—and manufacturers. In 1993, then-Rep. Sanders voted against the Brady Act, which mandated federal background checks for gun purchasers and restricted felons’ access to firearms. As a senator, Sanders supported bills to allow firearms in checked bags on Amtrak trains and block funding to any foreign aid organization that registered or taxed Americans’ guns. Sanders is dubious that gun control could help prevent gun violence, telling one interviewer after Sandy Hook that “if you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don’t think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen.” (He has since endorsed some modest gun control measures.)

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers the law and LGBTQ issues.

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Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle, Syreeta McFadden, Guardian

  • race_606x154b.jpgRacism and capitalism are fire and air - one cannot exist without the other but many progressives can’t see that
  • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other