PAMRC Press Release
Portland Anti-Military Recruitment Coalition
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.