Counter Recruitment

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Youth at counter recruitment conference

Youth at Counter Recruitment Conference.

Signing up for the military isn't like taking a job or registering for a camp or school. It is a serious decision that has lifelong consequences. Recruiters are quick to emphasize the good points about being in the military, but there are many downsides. What recruiters say about life in the military at best omits many facts. At worst, recruiters tell out and out lies to sign up recruits.

 

Five ways to counter military recruitment in your school district

A key part of building a culture of peace is offering viable alternatives to violence and militarization.

Law School students find GI Rights hotline eye-opening

Matching law students with GIs wanting out of the military may not seem a natural fit. But law students volunteering with AFSC’s San Francisco GI Rights hotline are finding the experience richly rewarding. “To start ending some of the hurt for people: that’s what I like about it,” says Jason Thomas, a second year student at University of California Hastings. 

Students notch another win over militarism in CA

san fran youth at school board

Student speaks at the Oakland School Board meeting

Student speaks at the Oakland School Board meeting where the first JAMSRS resolution was adopted.

California youth win again over militarism.

Dealing with recruiters: A guide for parents and educators

Many parents and teachers are concerned about the aggressive recruitment tactics used by military recruiters in their local schools. Parents and teachers around the country have organized themselves and won victories that keep students information safe and private.

Bay Area Youth and Militarism Program

OUSD resolution victory

BAY-Peace activists at Oakland school board

BAY-Peace activists celebrate victory at Oakland Unified School District, after a school board vote May 12 made OUSD the first district in the country to have a policy offering students the chance to OPT OUT of the private recruitment database known as JAMRS.

The PMRO Peace Building program, an active participant in AFSC’s National Youth and Militarism Task Force, works locally with a broad network to bring “truth in recruitment” work to local schools and communities and to counter disproportionate military recruitment in low-income communities of color.  

OUSD resolution victory

BAY-Peace activists at Oakland school board

BAY-Peace activists celebrate victory at Oakland Unified School District, after a school board vote May 12 made OUSD the first district in the country to have a policy offering students the chance to OPT OUT of the private recruitment database known as JAMRS.

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