1. Wars and Militarism
Despite being in a distant building at Wayne State University, and being in a room that took me half an hour to find once I arrived at the building, a team of us from the National Network Opposed to the Militarization of Youth (including primarily the American Friends Service Committee's Youth and Militarism Program, the War Resisters League, and Peace Action Wisconsin) facilitated an
At USSF 2010, on Wednesday the 23rd, I'm one of a team of co-facilitators presenting Stopping the Invasion of the Body Snatchers: an Introduction to Countering Military Recruitment. The workshop is at WSU Old Main: O174.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB) required schools to hand over identifying student information to military recruiters. Military recruiters routinely use these lists to try to meet their quota, known as their "mission," by making repeated and persistent phone calls to students and family members. And in order to meet these quotas, too many military recruiters lie to students (see a compilation of military recruiters caught lying on tape).
In an AP story posted on the Dallas Morning News Site, "Soldier, civilian deaths from bombs soar in Afghanistan" posted on 12:00 am CDT on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, the paper (or the news-service) claimed that, "A recent U.N. report said at least 1,013 civilians were killed in the first six months of this year by insurgents bombs, compared with 818 for the same period in 2008 – a 24 percent increase."
How many massacres perpetrated by men against women will it take before we as a society, especially those of us who are men, work seriously to end men's violence?
Last night, news reports indicate that George Sodini murdered at least three women (Elizabeth Gannon, Heidi Overmier and Jody Billingsley) and injured nine other women at a fitness club near Pittsburgh, PA before shooting himself.
Sam Diener is the Co-Editor of Peacework Magazine, www.peaceworkmagazine.org and was the coordinator of the campaign against JROTC expansion when on staff of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors in the 1990s.
JROTC Wants to Invade Hundreds More Schools