Empire is an
expensive, high-maintenance undertaking.
is far more than
the absence of battle.
The anti-war movement is large and growing,
with conferences, protests, and related programs
Be the change you want to see in the world.
releases are printed on a white background.
Peace exists in many forms, between
nations, in communities, among friends and family, and within an
individual's heart and mind.
On this page, we'll be collecting materials intended to inform and assist
you in living peacefully during wartime. For some of you, that will mean
seeking Conscientious Objector status. For others, it might mean various
forms of political action. For some, it might even mean serving in
the US military with real faithfulness to the US Constitution. For
all of us, it means being informed citizens of Gaia, the World Soul, and
taking action according to our individual consciences.
Please send your recommended resources to the Editor.
And may the Goddess Pax/Eirene/Peace
dwell among us and guide us all.
Christa Landon, ed.
Child Left Unrecruited
Military Recruiters Demand Names
of U.S. High Schoolers
Under the No Child Left Behind Act military
recruiters have begun demanding lists of all high school students,
including names, addresses, and phone numbers. Most school districts have
kept student information strictly confidential. But section 9528 requires
public secondary schools to provide military recruiters not only with
access to school facilities, but also with contact information for every
student -- or face a cutoff of all federal aid.
See Department of Education website
SEC. 9528. ARMED FORCES RECRUITER ACCESS TO
AND STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION.
(1) ACCESS TO STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION-
444(a)(5)(B) of the General Education Provisions Act and
in paragraph (2), each local educational agency receiving assistance
this Act shall provide, on
a request made by military recruiters or an
higher education, access to secondary school students
Even parental insistence does not protect a child
from being recruited all through high school.
See also the article on DRAFT CREEP in the
section of PAGAN INSTITUTE
Help Protect Children
from Military Recruiters
Buried deep within the No Child Left Behind Act
is a provision that
requires public high schools to hand over the private contact information
of students in public high schools to military recruiters.
If a school does not comply, it risks losing vital federal education
The good news is, there's a way for parents to
Opt Out their children from
this list. We need you to help parents exercise their rights and Opt Out
their children from No Child Left Behind-mandated military recruiting
Here's how you can make a difference.
* Plan an Opt Out event in your community on June 1
On June 1, concerned parents and citizens across the nation will gather
together to fight the military recruiting loophole in No Child Left
Behind. Working Assets, The MMOB
(Mainstreet Moms) and ACORN have joined
forces to create the Web site LeaveMyChildAlone.org and organize Opt Out
events in all 50 states as well as the 10 largest school districts in the
By planning an Opt Out gathering or putting the Leave My Child Alone
campaign on the agenda of your progressive Meetup, you will help get
individual kids in your community off the military recruitment list while
working to change the federal law and improve your local school's
implementation policies. And, you will meet neighbors who share your own
It's easy to be an event host --
whether you do it in your home, a cafe or
your local library. We provide all the materials you need and your
friends and neighbors can sign up to attend at our special event
organizing Web site.
To learn more about hosting, click here now:
Can't host an Opt Out event on June 1?
Tell a friend who can.
If you can't host an Opt Out event on June 1, you can help the campaign by
contacting your friends and family and finding someone who can.
Who makes a good Opt Out event host?
Parents are not the only ones who
care about protecting our children
military recruiters. Many people who care deeply about this issue include
people concerned about the occupation of Iraq, people who care about
privacy issues, teachers, clergy,
by forwarding this email
to friends and family you think would
be concerned about this issue and
consider joining our nationwide organizing efforts.
Tell your friends about
You can also help by simply telling
your friends about the Opt Out
www.LeaveMyChildAlone.org, a joint project of Working Assets, The MMOB
1) Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of
US Representative Mike Honda's
Student Privacy Protection Act.
2) Opt Out your own child, or learn how the process works so you can tell
3) Adopt-a-School-Board by downloading the Working Assets AASB toolkit:
everything you need to know to help your local schools do it right.
4) Host an event to help others Opt Out on Wednesday, June 1st.
5) Tell your friends how to become a part of our campaign.
Click here to tell your friends now.
President, Working Assets
Pagan Politics &
nothing better than a good song to help you "keep on keeping
on." We've collected a few for you at
We hope you'll
us more links or -- better yet -- your own lyrics.
Your Conscientious Objector Status
Girls and boys need to have shown that they are bona
conscientious objectors against ALL war.
on Military Service & Conscientious Objection
Sheet on Conscientious Objection
UU Resources, including the UUA's
registry of COs
on Military Service and Conscientious Objection
Sheet on Conscientious Objection
Statements and Actions Regarding Conscientious Objection,_the
Draft, and personal safety in congregations
January 9, 2004 -
hello to "draft creep." Remember "bracket
creep," AKA the "sneaky tax increase,"
whereby inflation and income growth forces people into
progressively higher tax brackets? Bracket creep is a way for
the government to raise taxes without seeming to be
raising taxes. There is no congressional debate, and no new law
is passed for the President to sign. Taxes just go up.
Similarly, draft creep is a way for the government to initiate
the draft without seeming to initiate the draft.
Draft creep is a sneaky draft. There is no congressional debate,
and no new law is passed for the President to sign. Nonetheless,
people are being forced into military service against their
will. In other words, they are being drafted, conscripted, or
whatever you care to call it. The government chooses to call it
and it applies to members of the armed forces. After all, what
better way is there to initiate a sneaky draft than to start
with the group of people least likely to object to a draft, and
at the same time, with the least legal rights to fight one?
Prior to September 2001, the armed forces last used stop loss in
1990, during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, under then
President George H. Bush. President George W. Bush
authorized a new Stop Loss policy on September 14, 2001, in
Order 13223. Since then,
Army has announced 11 stop-loss orders.
On 4 November 2002, a new
affected over 60,000 soldiers. With this policy,
a typical Ready Reserve soldier could be affected up to 30
months: 3 months during alert, 12-24 months while actually
mobilized, and 3 months for demobilization. Ready Reserve
soldiers who also possessed a certain skill or specialty could
be affected until the later of 90 days after demobilization or
the completion of an additional 12 months active duty.
Over the past year,
Army alone has blocked the possible retirements and departures
of more than 40,000 soldiers. Hundreds more in the Air
Force, Navy and Marines were blocked from retiring or departing
the military. Under the latest Stop Loss iteration, announced in
January 2004, seven thousand additional soldiers will be
required to stay in the theater for the duration of their unit's
deployment and up to a maximum of 90 days afterward,
Col. Elton Manske. Because the stop-loss order begins 90
days before deployment and lasts for 90 days after a return
home, those troops will be prohibited from retiring or leaving
the Army at the expiration of their contracts until the spring
of 2005, at the earliest.
Some Guard troops and reservists
their release dates have been extended several times and they no
longer know when they will be allowed to leave. On their Army
paychecks, the expiration date of their military service is now
listed sometime after 2030 - the payroll computer's way of
saying, "Who knows?"
Warrant Officer Ronald Eagle, a member of the West Virginia
National Guard, was due to retire last February, but now, draft
creep has caught up with him. "I'm furious. I'm aggravated.
I feel violated. I feel used," said Eagle. Eagle said he
fears his fledgling business in West Virginia may not survive
his lengthy absence.
The term "draft creep" might also be used to describe
the way a full draft is "creeping" up on us. The draft
officially ended in 1973. Registration for the draft ended in
1975, and the military reverted to an "all-volunteer"
force. It is important to note that the "voluntary"
part only extended until a person had signed up for military
service. After that, except in unusual circumstances, one was
required under threat of imprisonment, to complete their term of
service - voluntarily or not. Only 5 years later, in 1980,
President Carter reinstated registration for the draft for all
men between the ages of 18 and 25 under an amendment to the
Selective Service Act. It is perhaps relevant to note that
no person who voted for or signed this amendment was, according
to the language of the amendment, required to register.
The law was greeted with overwhelming ambivalence. Millions of
men who were required to register for the draft failed to do so.
draft registration has been called the most widely ignored
federal law since prohibition.
All this indicated that, perhaps, the people who were required
to register for the draft did not think that registration was
such a great idea. In response, the democratically elected
representatives of these people, in other words, those who made
themselves exempt from draft registration, decided to impose
penalties on those who were subject to registration, but did not
passed in 1982, as a part of the Military Selective Service Act,
requires draft registration for males 18-25 years old as a
precondition for eligibility for Title IV Federal Student
Financial Aid. This includes Pell Grants, Supplemental Education
Opportunity Grants, College Work-Study, National Direct Student
Loans, and Guaranteed Student/Plus Loans.
As time goes on, more and more penalties are added for those who
fail or refuse to register. In November 1985, the
to the Defense Authorization Act required
Selective Service System registration for men who are required
to register as a prerequisite for appointment to most federal
jobs. Currently, any man who arrived in the United States before
his 26th birthday
obtain citizenship or get federal job training
registering for the draft. In the worst case, a man who fails to
register may, if prosecuted and convicted, face
a fine of up to $250,000 and/or a prison term of up
to five years.
Most states have added
for those who fail to register. Perhaps the most
onerous of these penalties is the one that requires a man to
register for the draft before he can obtain a state driver's
license. All these penalties for not registering for the draft
tighten the noose around those who do not register, and brings
the draft that much closer to reality. Only stop loss, however,
actually increases the number of soldiers on active duty. But
stop loss does have some limitations. With stop loss, the
maximum amount of troops the government can raise is equal to
those troops that are on active duty or in the reserves, plus
those that have been inactive for less than six years (the
inactive reserves), plus those that continue to sign up for
military duty. Now that seems like a potential pool of one
hell-of-a-lot of troops; more, one would think, than the
government would ever need. Think again.
Aside from current and ex-military, the government has plans for
other specialty drafts.
Personnel Delivery System"
was authorized by Congress in 1987 to deal with large-scale casualties
that outstripped the active-duty military's ability to handle them. If implemented,
the bill would require a mass
registration of male and female health care workers between the
ages of 20 and 45.
The Pentagon is considering other
include military linguists, computer experts, engineers, or other
specialties. "We're going to elevate that kind of draft to be a priority,"
said Lewis Brodsky, acting director of the
And what happens when, even with all the specialty drafts, the
government cannot satisfy it's voracious desire for
"fresh meat?" Universal conscription is reinstated,
A bill before the House Armed Services Committee would require
the induction of young men into the military "to receive basic military
training and education for a period of up to one year." In 2001,
Representatives Nick Smith and Curt Weldon sponsored the bill, called the
Military Training and Service Act."
The measure is currently before the Armed Services Committee. On 23 Sept.
2003, the Defense Department web site called
for people to join local draft boards. The announcement,
which ran under the heading "Serve Your Community and the
Nation," had read:
"The Selective Service System wants
to hear from men and women in the community who might be willing
to serve as members of a local draft board." It went on to
say that, "If a military draft becomes necessary,
approximately 2,000 Local and Appeals Boards throughout America
would decide which young men, who submit a claim, receive
deferments, postponements or exemptions from military service,
based on Federal guidelines. "
That notice started to
receive media attention, with articles from the
Then, for some unknown reason,
notice suddenly disappeared.
But the appeal for draft board members returned shortly
thereafter. There was some politically correct fine-tuning and a
disclaimer, but there it was, right up front on
the home page of the Selective Service
System's web site.
"Selective Service continues to invite interested citizens
to volunteer for service on its local boards that would decide
claims from men if a draft were reestablished." Henry
"Pete" Van de Putte, husband of State Senator Leticia
Van De Putte of Texas, puts all of this into perspective. If the
draft were reinstated,
de Putte says,
system would be up and running full-tilt literally in a matter
of a few days."
Van De Putte has served on his local draft board in San Antonio
All this amounts to draft creep, and that brings us back to the
current stop loss situation. Here are some questions for all
those soldiers who say that, though they personally disagree
with some of the things they have been ordered to do, they knew
what they were getting into when they signed up. What is your
excuse now? You didn't sign up for stop loss. You are now on
military assignment involuntarily. Are your actions contributing
to suffering, death, and destruction in a war you disagreed
with? Will you refuse to continue against your will, or will you
magically come up with another reason that rationalizes your
Here is a message for all those soldiers who insist that they
are defending our freedom even though many of us disagree. Here
is a message for those soldiers who may have thought us
ungrateful when we told them that we believed their
participation in this war was doing us a disservice. Here is a
message for all those soldiers who thought us unpatriotic, or
worse, called us cowards because we insisted that their actions
were making us less safe, not safer.
are on your side. We always were. Now, stop loss has taken
away your freedom. You had no say in the matter. If you want
to defend anyone's freedom, start by defending your own!
Refuse this involuntary servitude called stop loss.
If you do refuse, you will diminish the chances that draft
creep will get the rest of your countrymen. You will, finally,
be defending our freedom.
everyone who fears that they just might be engulfed by draft
To some it may seem ironic that by writing this, I, an advocate
of nonviolence, am defending the freedom of soldiers, soldiers
who have had their freedom taken from them under the threat of
imprisonment by the government they intended to serve. Stranger
still is the knowledge that soldiers who resist this involuntary
servitude will probably be arrested, prosecuted and possibly
imprisoned by their own comrades in arms. But these ideas should
not seem strange or ironic. After all, it was
the 4th President of the United States, who in August of 1793
"Of all the enemies to public liberty,
war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it
comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the
parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and
armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for
bringing the many under the domination of the few.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of
is a West Point (United States Military Academy)
distinguished graduate and an honors graduate of New York
Medical College. He left the Army as a Conscientious
Objector, resigning his commission as an Army Captain on
the Iraqi front lines during Operation Desert Storm. He is
currently an Emergency Physician.
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(for war) will Start in June 2005
Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005
There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills:
S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the
draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004
presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get
these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the
elections, so our action on this is needed immediately.
$28 million has been added to the 2004 Selective Service System (SSS)
budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early
as June 15, 2005. Selective Service must report to Bush on March
31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is
ready for activation. Please see website:
to view the sss annual
performance plan - fiscal year 2004.
The pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all
10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots
nationwide.. Though this is an unpopular election year topic,
military experts and influential members of congress are
suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long, hard slog" in
Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on "terrorism"]
proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.
Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward [in 2004],
http://www.hslda.org/legislation/na...s89/default.asp entitled the
Universal National Service Act of 2003, "to provide for the common
defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18--26] in the
United States, including women, perform a period of military
service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the
national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes."
These active bills currently sit in the committee on armed
Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the
College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada
and the U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which could be
used to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's
minister of foreign affairs, John Manley, and U.S. Homeland
Security director, Tom Ridge, the declaration involves a 30-point
plan which implements, among other things, a "pre-clearance
agreement" of people entering and departing each country. Reforms
aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class
lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen
would only be able to postpone service until the end of their
current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic
Even those voters who currently support US actions abroad may
still object to this move, knowing their own children or
grandchildren will not have a say about whether to fight. Not that
it should make a difference, but this plan, among other things,
eliminates higher education as a shelter and includes women in the
The public has a right to air their opinions about such an
Please send this on to all the friends, parents, aunts and uncles,
grandparents, and cousins that you know. Let your children know
too -- it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for
Please also contact your representatives to ask them why they
aren't telling their constituents about these bills -- and contact
newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not
covering this important story.
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