Benefit for the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors
Tonight August 12 7 pm
Laughing Horse Bookstore
12 NE 10th AVE
Speakers: Marlena Gangi~CCCO Board Member
Martha Odom~Seriously Pissed Granny, Surge Protection Brigade
Music by Riot Cop
While most of us are teaching our kids to avoid violence, the US military is extolling the virtues of war. Junior ROTC programs are sprouting like weeds around the country — they're now in over 2800 high schools.
The draft ended and the military had to get sneakier — along with JROTC we now have the poverty draft. The Pentagon spends $2 billion on recruiting. They entice youth into the military with promises of college and job training: sounds like a great way out. Eventually, young people learn the truth — instead of being caught in drive-bys, they're doing fly-bysIn 1968 we joined together to protest killing and war. We mobilized successfully against the Vietnam War, but haven't been able to free our government from its militaristic ways. The Gulf War, the poverty draft, Junior ROTC, hazing, racism, sexual harassment and abuse are all dangers of an unchallenged military. It's time again to act.
The Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors has been there continuously since 1948, helping people who get caught in the military's we. We still help them get out, just like we helped people get out of the tragedy of Vietnam.
CCCO was founded in 1948 to serve military non-registrant positions (status of conscientious objector.) With offices in Oakland, CA and Philadelphia, PA, we staff the GI Rights Hotline with a coalition of nonprofit, non-governmental organizations who provide information to families and members of the military about conscientious objection, discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, and other civil rights matters. The Hotline also provides mental health counseling resources for those affected by the abuse and trauma of military and battle service.
Our program Military Out of Our Schools (MOOS) serves to counter university and public school military recruitment by providing activists organizing kits and the necessary strategies and tools for gaining equal access to schools to bring truth to recruiting myths as well as offering alternatives to the military service.
MOOS also publishes AWOL, the hip hop anti-military counter recruitment magazine. This publication contains the work of artists and activists who provide space for marginalized voices to dialogue and be heard through its pages and accompanying CD.
In 1997, CCCO began the successful Third World Outreach Program and the AWOL Revolutionary Artist's Workshop. With this, thousands of low income and youth of color nation wide have been informed of the realities of military life and the aggressive and deceptive practices of military recruiters.
CCCO also publishes The Objector: A Magazine of Conscience and Resistance. Launched in 1995 as a successor to two previous CCCO publications, CCCO News Notes and The Objector: A Journal of Draft and Military Counseling, each issue of The Objector focuses on a particular theme in the struggle against militarism.