American Friends Service Committee
Patrica Watson, Editor
Sara Burke, Assistant Editor
Pat Farren, Founding Editor
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De Militarized Thoughts
Editorial reprinted with permission from the De Militarized Zine (DMZ) Issue #6, published by YouthPeace, War Resisters League, 339 Lafayette St., New York NY 10012; firstname.lastname@example.org
The thought that a B-2 bomber--a war plane that "was originally intended to penetrate undetected deep into Soviet airspace to deliver nuclear payloads" (does this sound like a little boy on Pokémon acid fantasy or what?)--costs more than 100 good-looking high schools, including computers, textbooks, chalkboards, cafeterias and gyms, desks and chairs, toilets and basins, and many other essentials found in a school, is infuriating. The thought that close to half of each tax dollar we inadvertently submit to the federal government goes to bigger and faster weapons to be used against poor, working, everyday people, to be used to kill and kill again, is enough to scream over and again "HELL NO!" The thought that many of us, especially from poor and working class backgrounds, are targeted to be pawns of this destruction, and often even believe what we're told, is enough to take action (well, all of these are enough to take action).
The military's recruitment drought has led them to seek more innovative means of recruiting. Several hip Navy commercials, directed by Spike Lee, appeared last year during the NBA playoffs. The cast was primarily black and Latino. It was no secret the Navy chose Spike because "he's able to connect us to an audience we're interested in recruiting."
Latinos, particularly, are the new target population of military recruitment. They have been referred to as an "untapped goldmine." The same old promises of money for education, job opportunities, and other lies are being recycled to the new ëculturally sensitive' killing machine.
The bloated budget of the military industry, rapid growth of the prison industry, escalating incidents of police brutality, increasing sexual harassment, environmental devastation, animal cruelty, and the WTO are not mere coincidence. A new social order is developing. It is up to each of us to do away with it once and for all. YouthPeace, the publisher of DMZ, is dedicated to ridding our schools and culture of militarism. Currently, we have locals in four states and encourage all of you to start your own local chapter.