5.14 pacifism and pacifist organizing
Peacework Transition to Online Blogging & Nonviolent Dialogue Platform - Print Publication to Cease After 37 yearsPosted September 10th, 2009 by sdiener
Dear Peacework Readers,
With sadness, we write to inform you that Peacework Magazine will end publication with its September 2009 issue. As you know, we have tried various measures to keep the magazine going, but in today’s economy our beloved print publication is simply not sustainable.
Zev Borow wrote in a humor column about sunblock in the New Yorker:
"SPF 175—Ever wanted to have unprotected sex with a prostitute in Haiti? Don’t answer. Doesn’t matter. The point is with SPF 175 that’s now an option." Whoa. I think it's the pseudo-cool casualness of the misogyny and racism displayed here that outrages me most.
Military recruiters have a quota, or what they call a "mission," specifying how many people they're expected to enlist each month. When they don't reach their quotas, they're often pressured intensely, ordered to work overtime, and threatened with career-ending consequences. Not all recruiters lie, but lies by military recruiters aren't the exception, they're common. ABC in New York, for example, sent hidden cameras into recruiting stations in 2006 and found 5 of 10 recruiters they taped lied on camera (see item 11).