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    Before you enlist….

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 23, 2008

    ….watch this video: Read the rest of this entry »


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    Tell your school board a thing or two about ASVAB testing in schools.

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 23, 2008

    Forwarded from Maryland Green Party member Pat Elder who is very active in the United for Peace and Justice Anti-Recruitment Campaign Read the rest of this entry »

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    “Citizen Soldier” Film Invokes Protest

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 3, 2008

    Forwarded from Joanne Cvar of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon

    This film is a lengthy pro-military, war-glorification promotion for National Guard Recruitment, probably paid for with your tax dollars, then forced upon you once you pay for the price of a theater ticket.

    People are encourged to go to ANY of the movies at AMC (because we don’t want to look as though we are targeting a film which is art). When the War Piece starts, your gut will tell you what to do. Best thing to do is , COMMENT in front of the audience that this is completely unethical at every level, and you are getting your money back immediately. Encourage a walk-out.

    Posted in activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, consitutional rights, Iran, Iraq, military, military recruiting, peace, US world domination | Leave a Comment »

    Peace Survey for Green Party Presidential Candidates

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 16, 2007

    The survey below has been sent to all the Candidates seeking the GPUS nomination for U.S. President on behalf of members of the Green Party Peace Network (GPPN). Members will distribute the answers to their state parties and they will be posted on this blog.

    GPUS Presidential Candidate Peace Issues Survey:

    1. What is your position / policy on the following Issues:

    –War and Occupation of Iraq
    –Waging war on other countries (Iran)
    –Disparity in the percentage of U.S. government revenues devoted to
    militarism vs. domestic and social needs
    –No Child Left Behind and military recruiting in schools?
    –Support of a draft or “War tax”
    –Support of a “war-profiteering” tax for those companies making
    windfall profits from this war?
    –The idea of a surtax on incomes over a certain level
    –Alternative energy sources
    –Climate change (specifically, what goals would you prioritize)

    2. What support would you hope to get from states in the GPUS?


    2008 Green Party Presidential Candidates:

    Jared Ball, independent journalist; radio host (WPFW 89.3 FM Pacifica Radio in Washington, DC),
    hip-hop scholar, assistant professor of communications studies at Morgan State University
    in Baltimore, Maryland
    http://www.jaredball.comElaine Brown, 2005 Green candidate for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia; former leader of the Black
    Panther Party; organizer of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice and National Alliance for
    Radical Prison Reform

    Jesse Johnson, 2006 US Senate candidate and 2004 gubernatorial candidate for the Mountain
    Party in West Virginia (now affiliate state party of the Green Party of the United States); filmmaker

    Cynthia McKinney, former member of the US House of Representatives (Georgia), 1993 to 2003, 2005
    to 2007; former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, 1988-1992

    Kent Mesplay, 2004 candidate for the Green presidential nomination; former president of
    Turtle Island Institute; environmental engineer, alternative energy activist; California Green organizer

    Kat Swift, Texas Green organizer; former Campus Greens leader; activist with Clean Money San
    Antonio and San Antonio Democracy Now

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, anti-war, candidates, climate change, global warming, human rights, Iran, Iraq, military recruiting, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Pat Elder: Military Recruiting Vans Draw Fire

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on November 29, 2007

    Pat Elder is a Green from Maryland and Campaigns for cessation of military recruiting in schools. 

    Published on Monday, November 26, 2007 by

    Military Recruiting Vans Draw Fire

    by Pat Elder

    A ninth grader in a suburban Washington DC classroom is delighted to be excused from Algebra class to spend a half hour shooting a life-like 9 MM pistol and lobbing explosive ordinance from an M1A2 Abrams tank simulator. At the same time 3,000 miles away in La Habra, California, a 15 year-old girl is released from English class to squeeze off rounds from a very real looking M-16 rifle. The kids thoroughly enjoy the experience, especially the part about getting out of class.

    The two students have experienced the Army’s Adventure Van, a 60-foot, 30-ton 18-wheeler with several interactive exhibits that bring an adrenaline rush and glorify weaponry and combat.  The Army’s 19 vans frequent various community events and two thousand schools a year, generating more than 63,000 recruiter leads. In addition to the Adventure Van, the Army has three other 18-wheelers for recruiting purposes. The Aviation Recruiting Van contains an AH 64 Helicopter flight simulator and an interactive air warrior and weapons display.

    The American Soldier Adventure Van has an interactive air/land warrior display and a future warrior display. The Army Marksmanship Trainer has an interactive rifle range.

    In addition to the fleet of 18-wheelers, the Army has four RockWalls, the popular rock climbing wall for youth. The Army also brings machine gun toting humvees, tanks and other military vehicles on high school campuses to enhance their recruiting efforts. Both the Army and Air Force have their own recruiting motorcycles. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Boston Veterans Day Parade – Veterans for Peace March, Get Arrested

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on November 13, 2007

    Forwarded from Florida Green Michael Canney:

    Posted in anti-war, consitutional rights, Iraq, military, military recruiting, peace | Leave a Comment »

    National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on November 10, 2007

    The orders of 1,161 Minnesota guard members were written for 729 days. Had they been written for 730 days, just one day more, the soldiers would have received benefits to pay for college.


    National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN (NBC) — When they came home from Iraq, 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard had been deployed longer than any other ground combat unit. The tour lasted 22 months and had been extended as part of President Bush’s surge.


    1st Lt. Jon Anderson said he never expected to come home to this: A government refusing to pay education benefits he says he should have earned under the GI bill.

    “It’s pretty much a slap in the face,” Anderson said. “I think it was a scheme to save money, personally. I think it was a leadership failure by the senior Washington leadership… once again failing the soldiers.” Read the rest of this entry »

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    Stop Mandatory ASVAB

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on November 7, 2007

    Greens – What are you doing in your states to help stop this?

    The Armed Services Vocational Battery, (ASVAB) is mandatory for tens of thousands of juniors attending public high schools throughout the
    U.S. Most states have high schools that require students to take the
    ASVAB. (See the partial list below..)

    We ought to be able to put an end to the practice of forcing high
    school children to take an exam for military purposes during school

    The military is able to waltz into hundreds, if not thousands of high
    schools across the country and force children to unload their heads
    during school hours to fill columns and rows in their recruiting
    databases!? Often, the test is administered and the public schools
    fail to identify its affiliation with the military. The ASVAB is
    arguably the military’s number one recruiting tool with more than
    650,000 children taking it in public high schools, mostly during
    school hours.

    The focus of much of our effort regarding the ASVAB has been to alert
    school systems to the possibility of selecting Option 8, which
    precludes recruiters from access to private information and test
    results gathered through the administration of the test. We should
    also concentrate on organizing resistance to the practice of
    routinely forcing our children to take this exam.

    The Army recruiter’s handbook calls for military recruiters to take
    ownership of schools. This is one way they’re doing it. The
    military sees the ASVAB as a recruiting tool. The U.S. Army
    Recruiting Command ranks each high school based on how receptive it
    is to military recruiters. Schools are awarded extra points when they
    make the ASVAB mandatory. See page 25 of this 107 page PDF, USAREC
    pub. 601-107:

    When tens of thousands of children are forced to take the ASVAB, they
    are required, against their wishes, and without the knowledge and
    consent of their parents, to sit for the test. They’re required to
    sign a privacy statement that allows the military to use test results
    and private information for recruiting purposes. Often, the military
    is able to circumvent the opt-out provision of section 9528 of the No
    Child Left Behind Act. Mandatory ASVAB testing also runs counter to
    most state laws that endeavor to protect the privacy rights of
    minors. (See this brief by the National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles
    Chapter: 😉

    Is the ASVAB mandatory in high schools near you? Most high schools
    in South Dakota or Missouri require all juniors to take the ASVAB.
    Schools in Connecticut and Maryland typically don’t offer the test,
    and if it is offered, it’s voluntary.

    Try Googling around for a few minutes to come up with schools in your
    state or city where the ASVAB is mandatory. Try putting in (( “all
    juniors” ASVAB)) and you’ll come up with 2,000 links, many to high
    schools that force all juniors to take the test. If you enter
    ((asvab “all juniors” Missouri)) you’ll find schools that require the
    ASVAB in that state.

    Once you identify a few schools in your state where students are
    forced to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, there
    are several things you can do to stir the pot of indignation. Write
    a letter to the state’s largest paper. Send school officials the
    article about Colfax High School.
    Write your congressional representative. Contact c-r activists
    closest to the schools and enlist them in the struggle. Attend board
    of education meeting and cause a stir. School administrators are
    like lemmings. Chain yourself to a central office filling cabinet..
    Chances are the ASVAB is mandatory in a particular school because,
    well, because it has been as long as people remember.

    The following list of states was generated in two hours of work: Read the rest of this entry »

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