NNOMY News: May 11, 2020: Learning Peace in Times of a Pandemic


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NNOMYnews 1046: May 11 2020:
Learning Peace in Times of a Pandemic

This pandemic month we visit different voices around our network talking peacemaking with social distancing. We are featuring the voices of students in peace clubs writing to us, activists from peace groups talking together in webinars, and on Zoom, and others concerned about how should be our society post Covid-19 and post militarism as well.




Tracy High School Peace Club

The Peace Club at Tracy HS in Cerritos, CA is a small but powerful tribe. Our club meets on campus every Thursday at lunch under the leadership of club president Kenny Fletcher and Vice President, Melissa Alvarez. Before we meet, our club officers meet and make the agenda and plan all activities. We also have time to discuss issues going on the world and even though we don’t see the military on campus all the time. We talk about the war and military recruitment and are making plans for Peace Week right now. We just had career day when the Marines were on campus, but we were on campus too with a table and passed out brochures. Earlier this school year, we sent care packages to our troops who are deployed overseas and recently arrived immigrants from El Salvador. We do this so we can help others with the little we have. We also do activities like marching in parades, so we can spread the positive meaning of peace.

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Peace Club Report Millikan High School

The peace club at Millikan High School in Long Beach, CA, is one of many high school clubs here on our campus. We meet up every Monday during lunch in Ms. Gombrich’s room and we discuss and organize peace activities. Our school is lucky to have a Peace Academy of over 600 students who have chosen to focus on peace studies under the leadership of Ms. Gombrich.

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The Manenberg Artesia AIDS and Peace Project

From the suburbs of Los Angeles in Southern California, The Manenberg Artesia AIDS and Peace Project (MAAPP) club at Artesia High School aims to inform our school and community about HIV, and AIDS and promote peace. Our school, for many years, has had an exchange program with Manenberg High School, a township in Capetown, South Africa.

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 Above photo: Waging Nonviolence.


Meet the new generation of tax resisters refusing to pay for war

Lindsey Britt / Waging Nonviolence - In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the IRS has taken the unusual step of extending the tax season to July 15 — a move that gives people more time to consider using the old, but often overlooked tactic of war tax resistance from the safety of their homes.

For most people tax season is a hassle — involving organizing paperwork, gathering receipts, slogging through indecipherable forms — but it’s hardly an ethical or moral quandary. However, war tax resisters see taxes through a moral lens. For them it is a time ripe with opportunities for civil disobedience, charitable giving, and sophisticated accounting in the pursuit of peace — and now public health — by refusing to pay some or all of their income tax (and even their employment taxes in some cases).

The tactic is most associated with historic peace churches, including Quakers and Mennonites, and Vietnam-era anti-war activists. As a result, the demographic associated with the tactic tends to be older, but in an age of never-ending wars, climate change and an escalating pandemic, it is now being explored by millenials and younger people.

The War Resisters League, or WRL, a secular pacifist organization founded in 1923, estimates that in fiscal year 2021, some 47 percent of the federal budget will be allocated to military spending. The budget (nearly $3.5 trillion dollars in 2021) is funded by income taxes, hence war tax resisters primary focus on refusing to pay income taxes.

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Who Follows the NNOMY Network on Twitter?

The people who follow @NNOMYnetwork on Twitter reveals the extent of thoughtful people that support demilitarizing our schools and our youth.

They include activists from the peace and religious communities, scholars and teachers, progressive politicians, social justice organizations both domestic to the USA and international, artists, and people just tired of endless wars:

Find out who follows @NNOMYnetwork






Video: Divestment 101

NNOMY gets our Counter-recruitment contribution out to the CODEPINK Divestment campaign by asking youth to divest their Bodies from war. This topic gets on the top of the Q&A on March 24 2020 for the World Beyond War's Webinar series on Divesting from War with CODEPINK hosting with 100 people in attendance on Zoom!

The discussion begins at 38:30

Click here to watch: https://youtu.be/Hy1-ETDgKH4?t=2310

By World BEYOND War, April 24, 2020

This kicked off a five-part webinar series by introducing the why, what, and how of divestment. Why do we want to divest from war? What is the war machine? How do we actually divest? We were joined by: CODEPINK’s Divest from the War Machine Campaign organizers Carley Towne and Cody Urban, World BEYOND War’s Organizing Director Greta Zarro, and World BEYOND War’s Co-Founder & Executive Director David Swanson. We talked about the strategies and tactics needed to run a divestment campaign. Plus, David shared the success story behind divesting the city of Charlottesville from both weapons and fossil fuels, and his continuing work as the public representative on the city’s retirement commission.

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About the Housmans Peace Resource Project

The Housmans Peace Resource Project was established in the early 1990s by Peace News Trustees — parent company of Peace News and Housmans Bookshop — primarily to develop the World Peace Directory which has appeared annually in the Housmans Peace Diary since its first edition in 1954.

The directory became a free-standing entity, and was computerised to become the World Peace Database. This led to the information being updated more frequently than the once-a-year required by the Peace Diary, along with its expansion to encompass a larger number of groups and organisations than there was room to include in the directory in the Peace Diary. The longer database has been available in various forms beyond the annual printed format — including, now, on there website.

Visit the Website

Searching the Housmans World Peace Database

There are three search options. The Simple Search (on this page) lets you look for an organisation if you know its name or abbreviation, or part of its name or abbreviation. To do this, click the link below:

Use the form to search your organization






Third order effects of coronavirus on military recruiting and retention

There are two likely trends that could affect recruiting in the next year: a slowdown of accessions and enlistments to mitigate the ongoing risk of COVID-19 and a simultaneous uptick of interest in military careers due to significant nationwide joblessness.

While the economic impact will create a larger pool of potential recruits, there are some complicating factors that will take longer to manifest. The services run the risk of disillusionment from service members and the public due to unfamiliarity with National Guard and reserves presence on American streets, concern from parents about shipping new recruits to training and, most crucially, concerns from service members about leadership priorities.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper recognized, "I need to make sure I retain some capacity for a deployable force in case we get in some type of conflict somewhere," and the services have committed to continue training to maintain readiness.

To stop the spread of the virus, the services have instituted medical screening and lowering the number of new recruits going through training. Initially, the Pentagon rejected the Army's plan to halt the influx of new recruits, and the Army is now social distancing through "physical dispersion" of 40 inches and is temporarily suspending combatives training. However, in the past week, the Army has reopened basic training and gone back to face-to-face recruiting. The Navy announced Recruit Training Command staff would be kept on base for 90 days to reduce potential spread of the virus while the Marine Corps finally halted entry of new recruits at Parris Island. The Air Force shortened recruit training. It is unclear whether these courses of action will be sufficient to mitigate outbreaks among trainees.

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