NNOMY News September 25, 2018


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Military Recruiting in Public Schools

Are high school students mature enough to make a decision that will change their lives forever....to join the military? Should military recruiters be in our schools?

A couple of cartoon friends have a conversation that is not often heard in real life; whether military recruiters should be in our schools trying to recruit young people into the military right out of high school

This animation might open up some minds to issues to think about before deciding to enter ,military service  Please share with someone you know.

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The Military is Not Just a Job, It's 8 Years of Your Life

(New 2018 Version) This essential counter military recruitment pamphlet, produced by Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (Project YANO) includes information that should be seen by every person considering joining the military.  Activists across the country distribute this flyer in schools, at job fairs and community gatherings. Versions available in English y Spanish

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Women’s March on the Pentagon to Confront the Bipartisan War Machine? An Interview with Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan: Yes, Ann, thank you. I’m beginning to organize a Women's March on the Pentagon because since 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats regained a majority in the House of Representatives, there has been an incomprehensible absence of protesting the USA's wars and empire. After Obama took over as president, the antiwar movement all but died. Now we have these huge Women's Marches, climate marches, and so forth, but many of us think that one cannot separate the global emancipation of women, or the destruction of our planet from the issue of war. I feel that instead of beating our heads against a wall to call on these liberal marches to address the issue, we should do what we can to do so ourselves.

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Merchants of Death: How the Military-Industrial Complex Profits from Endless War

For a century, peace activists have referred to weapons manufacturers as merchants of death. Even Pope Francis has repeated this phrase in the past several years. In 2016, the Pope warned against, quote, “The Industry of Death, the greed that harms us all, the desire to have more money.” The Pope continued, quote: “War is waged in order to defend money. That is why some people don’t want peace; they make more money from war.” In the United States we refer to this industry of death as the military-industrial complex. And a new report by the peace group Code Pink details how arms companies profit from death and destruction. This new report is titled War Profiteers: the U.S. War Machine and the Arming of Repressive Regimes.

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Must Read: Corporate Power and Expansive U.S. Military Policy

Military defense is generally treated in economics texts as a “public good” because the benefits are presumed to be shared by all citizens. However, defense spending by the United States cannot legitimately be classified as public good, since the primary purpose of those expenditures has been to project power in support of private business interests. Throughout the course of the 20th century, U.S. military spending has been largely devoted to protecting the overseas assets of multinational corporations that are based in the U.S. or allied nations.

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When Homeland Security Goes To School

Nicole Nguyen: In 2008, Milton High School installed a specialized Homeland Security program. Located in the greater-DC metropolitan area, the program trained poor and working-class students of color for low-level work in the national security industry. Dozens of local national security experts, agencies, and corporations supported Milton’s Homeland Security program. These national security partners provided resources and curricular guidance to instill in Milton students the technical skills, durable dispositions, and habits necessary for vocational national security work.

Algebra teacher Ms. Simmons, for example, detailed a “power lunch” with a Northrop Grumman employee. This consultation led Ms. Simmons to infuse eight lesson plans with national security logics, from calculating the probability of a terrorist attack at a local international airport to determining the parabolic force needed for a sniper to find and shoot a target in North Korea.

Through specially designed Homeland Security courses, electives, field trips to national security hubs, national security guest speakers, and internships, Milton prepared its “rough” and “rowdy” students as future “military grunts,” cybersecurity technicians, Border Patrol agents, and NSA workers. Branded as the “vo-tech of the 21st century,” the Homeland Security program sought to improve the struggling school while providing a “pipeline” of diverse workers to the national security industry.

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Meet the peacemakers

From occupied Palestine to Scottish high schools, people across the world are challenging the warmongers. Hazel Healy and Louisa Waugh profile eight extraordinary people on the peace frontline.

After 39 years of war in his home country, it perplexed artist Omaid Sharifi that all those held up as heroes in Afghanistan were men with guns. He had a different idea about who should be celebrated.

Along with fellow artists, Sharifi co-founded the Artlords collective to start projecting a nonviolent, hopeful message for their battle-scarred country. The Everyday Heroes project was one of their first pieces of street art, depicting Kabul’s municipal workers ‘who get up at 5am to sweep the streets of our city’ and then the ‘good nurses, good teachers, good independent journalists – people who are peaceful, hardworking, and not corrupt’.

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Captain Marvel is an Air Force recruiter's dream come true

Jared Keller and Jeff Schogol: After a minute of explosions, alien spacecraft, and a crash-landing in a Blockbuster — so you know it takes place in the '90s — the new trailer for the upcoming Marvel film shows us the real origins of Air Force Colonel Carol Danvers. Danvers grows from downtrodden adolescent to determined Air Force cadet, to outstanding fighter pilot, to cosmically-powered warfighter in the span of a few frames.

"I'm not what you think I am," quips Brie Larson's as the titular Captain Marvel, before bursting with roiling energy; your next badass superheroine is here to stay.

If this seems familiar, it should. The trailer evokes old Department of Defense recruiting commercials, like a young woman's transformation from student to Marine in last year's recruiting spot, "Battle Up." It's a common hook in military recruiting ads: You tell a life story, or a coming-of-age tale, in 60 seconds flat.

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This week's "Please Share" NNOMY Meme on your Facebook and Instagram

The Federal Safety Net presented on its website the current U.S. Poverty Statistics released September 2018 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

We definitely do not need more weapons or invest in wars that destroy countries, we need to build opportunities to break down the walls of poverty, provide young people with alternatives for a prosperous future, protect our children and the elderly with health and nutrition, offer support and the necessary protection for all the most disadvantaged.

Go peaceful http://peacefulcareers.org

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Demilitarize Our Community

The climate of militarism in our Western Massachusetts community is increasingly concerning. We know military recruiters are active in our children’s schools. Companies in our hometowns are contracted with the Department of Defense. Not to mention, gun violence in schools is worse than ever with the deadly military weapons being more and more accessible.

The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice continues to gain momentum on issues of militarism and gun violence. We need your help to keep our momentum going. Our Demilitarization Committee is holding an open meeting on 9/27 at 6:30pm to plan next steps together. We will meet at our office, 2 Conz Street, Suite 2B, Northampton.

This year, we will improve our Military Recruitment Report, continue research on local contracts with the Department of Defense, and support our students advocating for gun control.

Can we count on you to join us? RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will be free pizza. All are welcome.

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Please Donate to fund counter-recruitment nationally

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.

 Making a financial contribution supports NNOMY's national demilitarization work with activist organizations inside middle and high schools.

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