Monday, September 12, 2005

The 12 Days of Opt Out
September 12-24, 2005

Check out this blogsite as it changes each day during Sept. 12-24 to educate and highlight the various ways schools are militarized.

On the first day of opt out a recruiter said to me.....

Stop military recruiter calls in your home before they begin!

1. Opting Out - Protect student privacy-
get off miltary recruiter telemarketer lists

Section 9528 of The No Child Left Behind Act is a little known provision that requires schools to give student information to military recruiters -
schools must inform students and parents that this may happen, and give them an "opt out" form that will protect student privacy and keep them from getting on the recruiter call list.

Some schools have an "all or nothing" policy- if you wish to opt out of the military recruiting call list, you will also not be included in scholarship or college recruiting contact lists. Schools have gone so far as to also block student names from being given to the newspaper if they make a winning touchdown in a school football game- or they won't include a student's name on a play handbill. Communities across the country have worked with their school administrations or school boards to stop penalizing students who do not want to be contacted by the military.
access information on the No Child Left Behind Act:
Read the full text of Section 9528, and learn about one town's struggle to get fair opt out policies implemented
Resource Center for NonViolence
great archives and background articles, including information on communities that tried "opting in"
Read about HR 551- a bill to require stronger student privacy protection. Join UFPJ in lobbying to support this bill on Monday, Sept. 26 in Washington,DC or lobby in your state representative's home office.
Join NNOMY, find other counter recruiting organizations near you, and get the Twelve Days of Opt Out tool kit (pdf file)

Twelve Days of Opt Out

1. Opting Out -
Protect student privacy-
get off miltary recruiter telemarketer lists

2. ASVAB tests-
If you aren't signing up, why take this?
A test to decide what assignment the military should give you
disguised as an academic test.

3. Limiting recruiter access on campus-

Until we can get them out of our schools, we can at least limit where and when recruiters prey on students.

4. Pentagon database-student privacy protection
It's illegal for the government to compile a database on citizens- so why is the Pentagon getting away with compiling a student database?

5. Reality of funds for college
Recruiters salespitches promise a lot- but do they deliver?
Includes information on other ways to get money for college
and job training resources.

What are the effects of these programs on schools and college campuses? How to block new programs or end existing
JROTC and ROTC programs.

7. DEP- Delayed Entry Program
If you already signed up for the DEP- you can get out - here's how.

8. No guarantees in the military enlistment agreement
Read the fine print- you could be kept in for longer than you thought- ...Is this legal? Signing bonuses, other promises in military enlistment agreement- Information from the Department of Defense and Veteran's Administration on the realities of enlistment

9. Conscientious Objection- If you don't think you can kill someone or participate in war- you may be a conscientious objector or "CO". Find out how to begin your documentation now in case there is a draft in the future

10.Poverty Draft-Who signs up?
Poor people with no other options! Find out about career alternatives to military enlistment and how military jobs don't always translate to civilian jobs.

11. Veterans Issues-
The military may take care of their own- but they forget about the veterans... veteran hospital closures, medical care reductions, PTSD

12. Joining the Military can be hazardous to .....
Mental and Physical Health Risks from exposure to depleted uranuim weapons, toxic materials, dangerous vaccines

And on the 12th day of Opt Out... I joined with others across the world to demand an end to war

Join UFPJ in Washington, DC or
Get out in the streets of your town on Sept. 24
and make your voice heard-
End the war in Iraq,
Take care of folks in our communities,
Get recruiters out of our schools, and
Bring the troops home NOW!


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