NNOMY News May 25, 2019 Student Activism in High Schools


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To commemorate the International Day for Conscientious Objection, we talk about three (four, if you count St. Maximilian) COs in US history. We hope to emphasize that objecting to a war is not done out of cowardice--on the contrary, the sacrifice can be so high that it is among the highest forms of bravery possible.

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Why do the media ignore high school activism?

Aaron G. Fountain, Jr. - This recent wave of activism in high schools is not without precedent. Indeed, it is reminiscent of the often forgotten 1960s and 1970s high school student movement. With the exception of the 1968 East Los Angeles blowouts, a series of walkouts conducted by Chicano high school students, high school activism from this era has faded from public memory.

This is unfortunate, because high school activism has taken place in almost every major U.S. city, as well as in some suburban and rural areas. It has occurred in public, private, parochial and boarding schools. In 1969, the National Association of Secondary School Principals surveyed more than 1,000 public and private school principals about social unrest in secondary schools. The survey revealed that 56 percent of junior high schools and 59 percent of high schools reported disturbances.

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High School Student Activism

American Historical Association - In fact, high school activists worked nationwide to improve their conditions. Whether they organized on their own or were guided by adults in organizations like the NAACP, SNCC, SCLC, CORE, Brown Berets, SDS, Young Lords, Young Patriots, or Black Panthers, they helped transform the society and their schools. Most prominent among these were boycotts organized by students at their high schools protesting disciplinary policies, overcrowding, ineffective school leadership, and lack of relevant curriculum.

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High School Students March For Peace From Northwest Pasadena to City Hall

Pictorial 2016 - Two John Muir High School students led nearly 100 others on a peace walk Thursday evening from La Pintoresca Park in Northwest Pasadena down to the steps of City Hall.

The organizers, identified only as 16-year old Jewel T. and Sydney C., said they wanted to express their feelings about the events happening to people of color across the country as well as for the police officers who lost their lives in Dallas.

As student marchers gathered, Jewel told the gathering “we came here … because of everything going that’s been going on in society. We are tired of the injustice and the police brutality. We just want positivity and … an end to the violence.”

Her co-organizer Sydney said they “just want success and education among minorities.”

“We want minorities to participate in the community more,” he added.

It took about a week to organize event. The marchers were aged 14 to 17 years old.

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Military and Public Service Testimony in Washington DC

Kate Connell of Truth in Recruitment from Santa Barbara California testify at Gallaudet University in Washington DC at National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service hearing against mandetory draft registration.

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#DropTheMIC campaign momentum is building!

About Face: Veterans Against the War - We already have three #DropTheMIC Tour stops under our belt this year and plenty more on deck. As we teeter on the edge of wars with Iran and Venezuela and a growing chorus of voices call for an end to forever war; as crises continue at the border and in communities struggling against militarization across this land, we know that the anti-militarist capacity building, relationship building and awareness raising happening as part of this tour is needed now more than ever.

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More then ever, we need to send an important message to our youth who might consider joining the military: The Before You Enlist video is that message on the Full Picture of how military service can leave a legacy of moral, mental, and physical injury to those who serve and those affected. With wreckless foreign policy threatening multiple wars in many continents, The National Network Opposing the Militarization wants to distribute this video widely, but we need your financial contribution to pay for distribution costs on our social media channels.

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