Monday May 8th at 5pm March and Rally In Support Of The Resolution To.........
END MILITARY RECRUITMENT ABUSE
Portland area parents, students, teachers, military veterans, and community members will gather to support a resolution to"End Military Recruitment Abuse" in Portland public schools. Public schools have disturbingly uneven policies on military recruitment. Students from low income families are being targeted to give their lives at a higher rate.
Recruiter Watch PDX is a coalition of teachers, students, parents, veterans for peace, military families speak-out, GI Rights Hotline and dozens of concerned citizens.
The March starts at the fountain in Holladay Park at 5:00pm on NE Multnomah between 11th and 13th Avenues. We will be marching to the Military Recruitment Center on Broadway Blvd. between 13th and 14th Ave. and then to the Blanchard Education Center at 501 N. Dixon St. where there will be a school board meeting going on.
This abuse includes, buying student gifts, misleading students about military life and military regulations, along with inappropriate participation in curricular and extracurricular activities at school.Parents and students have reported military recruiters abuse even after filling out the opt-out form.
There is disturbingly uneven amount of military presence from one Portland high school to another. It is apparent that it is more intense in schools serving predominantly low-and middle-income neighborhoods (e.g. Roosevelt, Marshall, Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin).
The Portland public school system has the responsibility to council students in making career choices including post graduate decisions. They shall also have the responsibility to inform the students of the dangers of joining the military. They should not expect that this will be implied by the recruiters.
In accordance with section 9528 of No Child Left Behind, military recruiters shall be granted no special access to students. Recruiter watch asks that the Portland School Board make sure that all schools require recruiters to secure permission prior to entering a high school campus. Also, PPS should not allow recruiters to participate in any extracurricular activities, including but not limited to field day events, graduation ceremonies, school assemblies, and or sporting events. Furthermore, recruiters should not bring weapons, humvees or any other military equipment onto school campuses. And last recruiters should not be on elementary and middle school campuses at all.