Counter-Military Recruitment Resources

Resources for Counter-Military Recruitment in Schools

Organizations

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
http://afsc.org/program/youth-and-militarism-program

The Coalition for Alternatives to Militarism in our Schools (CAMS)
http://www.militaryfreeschools.org

Project YANO
http://www.projectyano.org/

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)
http://nnomy.org/

War Resisters League
http://www.warresisters.org/counterrecruitment

Youth Activist-Youth Allies (YAYA) Network
http://www.yayanetwork.org/


Resources For Students

Actions students can take in their schools and communities
http://www.projectyano.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=47&Itemid=80

High School Student Rights
http://www.comdsd.org/pdf/hs_1.pdf

Military Sexual Assault handout & fact-card
http://tinyurl.com/msassault

Sgt. Abe the Honest Recruiter – A comic-book style examination of dangerous clauses in the enlistment agreement
http://quakerhouse.org/documents/enlist.html

Resources For Parents

FAQs About Opt-Out, and Recruitment Access
http://www.militaryfreeschools.org/FAQ-military.html

“Help Your Peace-Loving Child Avoid the Draft” by Helen James, Mothering Magazine
http://mothering.com/parenting/help-your-peace-loving-child-avoid-the-draft

Military Recruitment in High Schools
http://www.tamewisconsin.org/Downloads/Important_Questions_parents.pdf

“Recruiting Children into the US Military” by Gary Evans, MD
Includes findings on frontal lobe development in teens and how it relates to the ability to make prudent decisions
http://www.ringnebula.com/Oil/recruiting-children.htm

Resources For Teachers & Counselors

It’s My Life: A guide to alternative after high school
http://tools.afsc.org/itsmylife/

Alternatives to the Military Listed by State
http://nnomy.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=317&Itemid=735〈=en

Ya Ya Network Resources
http://www.yayanetwork.org/alternatives

Curriculum Materials for Teachers

Adbusters Media Literacy Kit to use with recruitment ads
http://www.adbusters.org/cultureshop/mediakit

AFSC C-R Training Manual with a 45-minute lesson plan
youthmil@afsc.org

Bay-Peace: Better Alternatives for Youth has samples of the curriculum they use for workshops and classroom presentations, as well as links to useful videos, pamphlets and other resources:
http://baypeace.org/resources-curriculum.html

Camouflaged: Investigating how the U.S. military effects you and your community
http://www.nycore.org/curricula/

Help Your Peace-Loving Child Avoid the Draft by Helen James, Mothering Magazine. Can be given to art/English/history teachers to create assignments for a potential CO file.

Rethinking Schools magazine offers practical ways to teach controversial subjects
http://www.rethinkingschools.org

Syracuse Cultural Workers sell a yearly Peace Calendar that is full of potential lesson plans for teachers
http://syracuseculturalworkers.com/calendar-2009-peace-calendar

Immigrants Issues

Immigrants & Military Recruitment
http://tinyurl.com/immand

Latin@s & the Military
http://tinyurl.com/latmil

Thinking of Joining the Military to Gain U.S. Citizenship
http://www.projectyano.org/pdf/CITIZENSHIP_AND_ENLISTMENT_Span-English.pdf

Veterans Groups

Courage to Resist
http://www.couragetoresist.org/

GI Rights Hotline
877-447-4487
http://www.girightshotline.org/

Iraq Veterans Against the War
http://ivaw.org/

Veterans For Peace
http://www.veteransforpeace.org/

Videos

Before you enlist: The real deal on joining the military (also in Spanish)
A rational counterpoint to the seductive and often deceptive recruiting practices of the U.S. military. It gives young people and their families of the life-altering consequences of joining the military ? especially in wartime.
http://afsc.org/video/you-enlist-2011

The Ground Truth (77 minutes)
Young veterans discuss how boot camp training and combat experience has profoundly changed them
http://www.thegroundtruth.net

Soldiers Speak Out (27 minutes)
Young soldiers who oppose war; lots of good extras
http://www.empowermentproject.org/sso.html

Yo Soy El Army
http://afsc.org/video/yo-soy-el-army-americas-new-military-caste
This short video looks at the militarization of the immigration debate.
Alongside the Spanish-language media campaigns, the false promises and
stringent laws that have even resulted in deportation of non-citizen
veterans, and the DREAM Act.

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