NNOMY News August 31, 2018


 

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Recent Trends in Military Recruitment


Social media and gaming, changes in standards, state/local policy changes and more. A recent survey of Military recruitment changes by the Department of Defense and their increasing use of social media platforms and video games to promote military enlistment. A presentation made at the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY) Strategy Summit in June 2018 at the Cenacle Center in Chicago by Libby Frank of Northwest Suburban Peace & Education Project, Chicago, and Michelle Cohen of Project Great Futures, Los Angeles.

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The rise of militainment.

America’s Army is a video game — a “tactical multiplayer first-person shooter” in gaming lingo — that was originally developed by the U.S. military to aid in its recruiting and training, but is now available for anyone to play. Among the most downloaded Internet games of all time, it is perhaps the best known of a vast array of video game-based military training programs and combat simulations whose scope and importance are rapidly changing not just the video-game marketplace, but also the way the U.S. military finds and trains its future warriors and even how the American public interfaces with the wars carried out in its name.


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3 rd Annual L.A. Harbor Peace Week 2018

All Peace. All Week. August 30 to September 2, 2018

A week of activities in San Pedro to resist the Normalization of War during “LA Fleet Week”. Instead, we promote the SOLUTIONS of PEACE in the World and; in our Towns.

Endorsed by: San Pedro Neighbors for Peace and Justice, Witness for Peace Southwest, Military Families Speak Out, CODEPINK LA, SoCal 350 Climate Action, Veterans for Peace LA, #BernersAgainstMilitarism, Occupy Torrance/South Bay, MLK Coalition #coldwartruthcommission, Green Party of Los Angeles, Long Beach Progressive Alliance, Maria Estrada for Assembly, Progressive Democrats of America, Long Beach Area Peace Network and YOU!

Contact/Get Involved!: (310) 971-8280
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Dr. Seuss’ forgotten anti-war book
made him an enemy of the right


In 1971, Dr. Seuss published a book you have almost definitely heard of: The Lorax. Generally regarded as a visionary masterpiece of world-making in children’s literature, some predictably called the work out as a didactic, anti-capitalist work of socialist propaganda for its take on the environment’s fraught relationship with corporate malfeasance. In 1984, though, came a lesser-known work, mostly forgotten by time, which advanced long-dormant Seussian politics into an ideological expression that proved too rankling for much of the book’s audience.

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German military turns to under 18s to boost recruitment

 

So, a few months before he turned 18, he joined the German army, becoming one of more than 10,000 minors to sign up since mandatory military service ended in 2011. 

“I wanted to experience something and to get to know my own limits, to see how far I can go,” Marlon, who asked for his last name not be used, told Reuters at a base in Viereck, near the Polish border in northeastern Germany.

The German military, or Bundeswehr here, has dramatically stepped up its recruitment efforts as part of a broader reset following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.


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Military should take its tweeting a little more seriously


The U.S. military is extremely online. Most of the Twitter accounts for the armed forces’ branches boast followings in the millions, but that’s no surprise in a country whose military capabilities are national legend. What is surprising is the way these accounts choose to tweet, and the anger they’ve inspired in the past few months.

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Praying for peace at the Pentagon


Every Monday morning for the past 30 years, members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker community in Washington, D.C. have been making their way across the Potomac River to pray and nonviolently witness for peace in front of the most symbolic war planning, war-making headquarters on earth: the Pentagon.

Just days ago on August 6 – the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan – I joined them, along with 19 members of several other mostly Catholic faith-based organizations.


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Be on the lookout for NNOMY staff person Gary Ghirardi's interview on Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox talking about many things militaristic with Cindy but also about the opportunity for Women's March on the Pentagon participants in October to also intervene against the Pentagon's presence in their local schools. We mad a page about it on our website at https://www.nnomy.org/wmop.html

Check out the interview this Sunday on the Soapbox webpage.

Gary says he hopes he wasn't too off topic.

 
   
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