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Counter Recruitment Efforts Kicked Off This Morning

This morning, folks passed out hundreds of leaflets at Jefferson and Madison high schools. The response at Jefferson was great, with students, teachers, and parents excited to see us there.
PAMRC Press Release
Portland Anti-Military Recruitment Coalition
 pamrcoalition@yahoo.com

On Thursday, Sept. 8th, concerned citizens will leaflet, encourage students to tell schools to not give their personal information to military recruiters

Where: Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave.
Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.

When: Thursday, September 8, 7:30 am (Madison), 3:15pm (Franklin)

What: Portland-area parents, students, teachers, war veterans, and community members will gather on September 8 to inform students at Franklin, Madison, and two other high schools about their right to "opt out" of a program which provides their personal information to the military for recruitment purposes.
Under the No Child Left Behind Act, section 9528, public high schools are required to hand over private student information to the military. If a school does not comply, it risks losing federal education funds. Students have the option of removing themselves from this list, with parental consent, but must do so before September 30th.
"It's a national shame that our youth are being lured by recruiters through false promises to fight a war based on false premises," said Annette Pritchard, the aunt of a Franklin High alumni that was killed in Iraq.
"As a student, I want my peers to know we have the legal right to "opt-out" of the recruiters' list and that there are alternatives to military service. We're exposing the misleading conduct and false promises that recruiters use to lure vulnerable students into the military," said Lila Zucker, a senior at Lincoln High School.
"Madison High School is targeted by military recruiters because of its low-income and immigrant population. We will be out there to show students that they have community support, and that we recognize that they are being targeted because of their low income and minority status, and that there are alternatives to the military," said Abram De Munoz, a member of PAMRC. This is part of an ongoing campaign that is focused on six schools so far.
permission 09.Sep.2005 07:13

spider

How did you get permission to be on the campus. Did you first
contact the principal? Are you setting up tables in front of
the buildings or are you inside?

more info? 09.Sep.2005 09:16

jae

As a senior at Sunset High School, I would love more information on this. What list is this, how can we find it, how can we be removed?
Thank you so much.

Opt out letter 09.Sep.2005 11:41

Liberal Suburban Mom

My son attended Westview High School last year. I received a letter from the principal that the list would be turned over and that if I wanted to opt out, I only had to get a letter to them directing them to do that. I hand delivered the letter the next day! We have not been bothered by any recruiters.

Opt out letter 09.Sep.2005 11:42

Liberal Suburban Mom

My son attended Westview High School last year. I received a letter from the principal that the list would be turned over and that if I wanted to opt out, I only had to get a letter to them directing them to do that. I hand delivered the letter the next day! We have not been bothered by any recruiters.

More info 09.Sep.2005 13:46

anti-recruiter

If you want to opt out of the list that your school will give to the recruiters, you should act fast, since they will turn over the list at the end of the month. There are usually two ways to get off the list. One way is to check the appropriate box on your registration form. The other way is by sending a letter to your school. Federal law requires that schools take you off the list if you request it. In addition, the Pentagon has a list that you can try to get off of. There are lots of resources about this stuff on the web, including  http://www.leavemychildalone.org and  http://www.afsc.org/youthmil/

On the permission stuff--you don't need permission to stand on a public sidewalk and pass out information. This is constitutionally protected free speech. If anyone tells you different, you should challenge them, and if you choose, tell them they need to get a cop to back them up. Usually, they will back off, or maybe say they are going to get a cop, but you never see them again. Often, private security guards or store managers will try to get you to move this way, but they are usually bluffing.

On being in the schools, I believe that groups have won the right to have an anti-recruitment presence in the schools. Find out when the recruiters will be there, and request to be there with them. I think the local Vets for Peace group is doing this. Teachers can bring folks in as guest speakers. Generally, though, you will need some kind of permission to be there.