Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice

City: Pittsfield
Zipcode: 01201
Scope of organization:
  • Regional
  • Local
This organization is a:
  • Offers Truth in Recruitment Information
Organization base:
  • Nonstudent community based
Issues you are working on:
  • Alternatives to the military
  • Conscientious objection
  • General counter-recruitment/Truth in Recruitment youth education
  • NCLB recruiting list opt-out
Years in Operation: 2 to 5 years
Summary describing your organization:: A group of individuals located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts that operates according to the principles of nonviolence and right relationships that have been articulated by different road maps for peace-building, including the Kingian Philosophy, the five spheres of peace, and the Earth Charter. We believe in applying methods of nonviolent action as we strive to help build a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. Regarding counter recruitment, they have done the following: arranging and hosting workshops on the Selective Service System and conscientious objection; working [successfully] to have the Pittsfield Public School System change its way of handling the No Child Left Behind Act’s opt-out provision; visiting local high schools in order to provide interested students with important career information, including information about military service that the recruiters don’t mention. Although not actively involved in counter recruitment at this minute, have accumulated a lot of materials and knowledge.
Contact Person: Donald Lathrop
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