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A NATIONAL CALL: SAVE CIVILIAN PUBLIC EDUCATION

Over the last several decades, the Pentagon, conservative forces, and corporations have been systematically working to expand their presence in the K-12 learning environment and in public universities. The combined impact of the military, conservative think tanks and foundations, and of corporatization of our public educational systems has eroded the basic democratic concept of civilian public education. It is a trend that, if allowed to continue, will weaken the primacy of civilian rule and, ultimately, our country's commitment to democratic ideals.

A NATIONAL CALL: SAVE CIVILIAN PUBLIC EDUCATION

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SAN DIEGO AND SAN FRANCISCO (October 22, 2014) ? Nearly fifty educators, writers, and prominent activists have signed on to a national call to save civilian public education. From Noam Chomsky to Amy Wagner of New York City?s YA-YA Network (Youth Activists-Youth Allies), signers are seeking to draw attention to developments in the educational system that could have disastrous long-term social and political consequences.

The national call introduction states:

Over the last several decades, the Pentagon, conservative forces, and corporations have been systematically working to expand their presence in the K-12 learning environment and in public universities. The combined impact of the military, conservative think tanks and foundations, and of corporatization of our public educational systems has eroded the basic democratic concept of civilian public education. It is a trend that, if allowed to continue, will weaken the primacy of civilian rule and, ultimately, our country?s commitment to democratic ideals.

(Complete text available at:www.savecivilianeducation.org)

The signers of this statement believe it is urgent for all advocates of social justice, peace and the environment to recognize the dangerous nature of this problem and confront it with deliberate action. Signers include, among others, Bill Bigelow (Curriculum Editor, Rethinking Schools), Bill Branson (VVAW National Office), Hannah Frisch (Civilian Soldier Alliance), Tom Hayden (activist, author, teacher), Arlene Inouye (Treasurer, United Teachers of Los Angeles), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) National Office, Isidro Ortiz (Professor, San Diego State University), Jesus Palafox (American Friends Service Committee, Chicago), Pablo Paredes (AFSC 67 Sue?os), Joanne Sheehan (New England Regional War Resisters League) and Kristin Stoneking (Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation USA).

The National Call suggests actions for foundations, organizations and individuals to take to implement the call. The campaign will run through the year, joining in on the International Week of Action for Military-Free Education and Research,October 25-31, sponsored by the Countering the Militarization of Youth project (http://www.antimili-youth.net/).

For publication purposes, the complete text of the National Call to Save Civilian Public Education can be requested in Word or plain text format.


National Call: Save Civilian Public Education
contact@savecivilianeducation.org
www.savecivilianeducation.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.savecivilianeducation.org/


Local Truth-in-Recruiting Resources 23.Oct.2014 10:49

Recruiter Watch PDX

Portland Truth-in-Recruiting Organizations:

Military & Draft Counseling Project - War Resisters League (Portland)
 contact@wrlpdx.org
 http://www.wrlpdx.org

"Take a stand against War and other forms of injustice." Offers counseling on issues such as conscientious objection; pre-enlistment; separation from the Delayed Entry Program (DEP); and draft registration/selective service requirements. Free! We will not judge you or tell you what to do.

Recruiter Watch PDX
e-mail:  rwpdxcoalition@gmail.com
We educate youth and their families about the fine-print of the military enlistment contract (and there is A LOT of fine-print); raise awareness of the poverty draft (i.e., why some of us are more dispensable and disposable than others); and provide concrete alternatives to the military.

Both groups are all-volunteer and grassroots. Both groups can provide free training.

Interested in Truth-in-Recruiting Issues? 23.Oct.2014 11:10

Helpful Websites

1. OPT-OUT (Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funding MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive federal funding. Students may "opt-out" of this military database at the beginning of the school year.
 http://www.themmob.org/lmca (also has information on the Pentagon database, JAMRS) (Leave My Child Alone!)


2. TRUTH-IN-RECRUITING

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE (AFSC)
"Do you know enough to enlist?" (in English and in Spanish)
 http://afsc.org/resource/thinking-enlisting-0
Video: "Before You Enlist" (revised 2011)
 http://afsc.org/video/you-enlist-2011 (in English and in Spanish)

QUAKER HOUSE (Sgt. Abe the Honest Recruiter Tells All!)
 http://www.quakerhouse.org/documents/enlist.html (comic book in English and in Spanish)
 http://www.quakerhouse.org/documents/toparents.html (in English and in Spanish) (includes Opt-Out information)

NATIONAL NETWORK OPPOSING MILITARIZATION OF YOUTH (NNOMY)
 http://www.nnomy.org

PROJECT YANO (PROJECT YOUTH AND NONMILITARY OPPORTUNITIES)
 http://www.projectyano.org
(Click on Military Enlistment)
Resources in English and in Spanish on issues such as, "The Military is not just a job... It's eight years of your life"; "So you want to be a man...." and "Thinking of joining the U.S. Military to gain citizenship?"

WAR RESISTERS LEAGUE
 http://www.warresisters.org
(Click on Programs/Counter-Recruitment; G.I. Rights Resistance)

YA-YA NETWORK (YOUTH ACTIVISTS, YOUTH ALLIES NETWORK)
 http://www.yayanetwork.org


3. ALTERNATIVES TO MILITARY ENLISTMENT

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE (AFSC)
 link to afsc.org
(Free. On-line. Downloadable. IT'S MY LIFE: A GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVES AFTER HIGH SCHOOL)

CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON CONSCIENCE AND WAR (CCCW)
 http://www.centeronconscience.org/co/alternatives-to-enlistment.html (state-by-state listing)


4. CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION AND SELECTIVE SERVICE

CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON CONSCIENCE AND WAR (CCCW)
 http://www.centeronconscience.org


5. LGBTQ CONCERNS (LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDERED, QUESTIONING)

WAR RESISTERS LEAGUE
"Ten Reasons Why Militarism is Bad for Queer People"
 http://www.warresisters.org/files/10reasonsmilitarismbadqueer.pdf


6. DREAM ACT

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE (AFSC)
Commentary (talking points) about the DREAM Act
 http://www.afsc.org/documents/afsc-dream-act-commentary (in English and in Spanish)
Video: "Yo Soy el Army: America's New Military Caste"
 http://www.afsc.org/video/yo-soy-el-army-americas-new-military-caste

PROJECT YANO (PROJECT YOUTH AND NONMILITARY ALTERNATIVES)
 http://www.projectyano.org
(Click on Military Enlistment)
See "Thinking of joining the U.S. Military to gain citizenship?" (in English and in Spanish)


7. SOCIAL SERVICES GUIDE

Portland-Area -- STREET ROOTS' Rose City Resource Guide
 http://www.rosecityresource.org


Thank you.