By Jim Murphy
Sunday, October 23, 2011, 10:36am
“Taking Back Our Schools” Workshop
VETERANS’ FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION
“Taking Back Our Schools” is a 4 hour workshop with continuing assistance as needed. It is an introduction for those who want to do counter-recruiting. This workshop is for faith-based community groups and political organizations that are against military violence and for peace in the world, anti-war veterans, student groups, unions, concerned parents of youth thinking of joining the military.
Participants would hopefully agree with F.O.R.’s Principles:
Seek to avoid bitterness and contention in dealing with controversy, and to maintain the spirit of self-giving love while engaged in the effort to achieve these purposes.
Many concerned school staff want more information about alternatives in order to help young people evaluate their options.
These are YOUR community’s schools:… what do you know about your school community… school boards, principals/school administrations? Are some of your schools more college prep oriented than others (for the less academically inclined, code for the poor)? The lower end schools attract more recruiters.
Our discussion begins with “what are the laws”, local, state and national? Why aren’t the school policies adhered to as prescribed by law. For example, the Opt-Out form often uses a questionable process. Why shouldn’t kids be able to ‘Opt-In’? Next, research local facts and figures (%age of enlistees, WIAs, KIAs, recruiter presence in the community). At the same time, communicate with local anti-war organizations, students groups. What are our skills? Students can survey their schools for student attitudes, we can check calendars for recruiter visits. Senior teachers have power and can set up C/R guest speakers. See the “I Will Not Kill” program for the F.O.R. Conscientious Objector Registry.
VETERANS’ FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION can help you by holding a workshop w/ sample flyers and brochures or with a series of conference calls with homework and emailed documents for dissemination discussion. Costs will be minimal and the results priceless.
Peace, Jim Murphy: 102 Hancock St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 319-0980 H; (845) 270-0439 C
Fellowship Of Reconciliation: 521 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack, NY 10960 (845) 358-4601