NNOMY News July 27, 2018

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Chicago Counter Recruitment Strategy Summit Summary


Following this link will take you to a summary of the goals, strategies, and tactics established at the NNOMY Strategy Summit held in Chicago this summer at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center. Twenty eight counter-recruitment activists, scholars, and NNOMY staff attended this two day meeting to determine how CR practice and activism should proceed in this time in the United States in an environment where youth militarization is escalating in our public schools and in our society generally. Thank you to Libby, Siri, and Seth for distilling our two days of discussions and collective knowledge and thank you again to all who participated in the gathering in Chicago. You all are our foundation.. You may access the Google documents of the summit  summary and wrap up by clicking on the following links:

Download: Strategy Summit Summary | Summit Wrap Up

 
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Henry A. Giroux: "War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump"


Giroux: When history repeats itself with a vengeance, it generally signals a crisis of memory, historical consciousness and civic literacy. The ghosts of the past disappear in a comforting somnolence and a deadening market-driven culture of consumption, privatization and individualization. As a mode of witnessing, memory withers, lost in forms of historical and social amnesia that usher in the dark clouds of authoritarianism, albeit in updated forms.

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"This is Iraq" - I-NZ


Selene: Childish Gambino's "This Is America" video is a response and a consequence of the long process of cultural upheaval that US society has had in the last few years. Highlighting the contradictions found within our culture is the first step we have to take towards changing the status quo. Given the current situation in the US, it is no surprise that the original video resonated so much with so many people, netting around 349 million views, and inspiring a wide amount of artists to make their own parodies. "This Is Iraq" is one such parody from Dubai-based, Iraqi rapper "I-NZ", and it is an example of what the latest forms protest art is taking.

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Edward Hasbrouck Podcast: The Future of Draft Registration in the United States

(From the audio) "When I was asked to register for the draft, I was being asked to sign up in case the U.S. Military decided that they wanted to send American troops to Afghanistan. To fight on the side of who? The people who the U.S. was then training and arming in Afghanistan, who were the people who became the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. I spent four and a half months in prison for refusing to agree to fight on the side of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and I am not ever likely to have a choice that’s going to be so clear or one that I can be so proud of. That’s to say, “No. I’m not willing to do that.”

Read the full transcript | Listen to the podcast

 
     
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This month's video essay...


Selene: In this month's video, I was interested in exploring the question; is JROTC the only school program that teaches children character? A lot of the program's supporters suggest that this is the case. Is militarization the only solution to the cultural malaise? What even is this malaise, and does it even exist? This video explores these questions.

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Help Fund NNOMY to De-Militarize SchoolsHelp Fund NNOMY to De-Militarize SchoolsYour donation to NNOMY supports the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth's efforts to balance
the message of military recruiters in our public schools where minors are routinely primed for recruitment through Department of Defense school programs designed for youth.

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