Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed, by Pat Elder

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Pat Elder
World Beyond War, July 16, 2017
July 18, 2017

Ominous developments in three states this summer – Oregon, Texas, New Jersey, and one city – Chicago, provide a glimpse into the Pentagon’s new playbook to recruit soldiers from high schools across the country. In brief, the military has been engaged in a robust lobbying campaign to lower academic standards to make it easier to recruit youth.

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Military Recruiting and How To Confront It by Pat Elder

Occupy Military Recruiters!

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Pat Elder
World Beyond War
June 30, 2017

This year the Army’s goal is to recruit 80,000 active duty and reserve soldiers. The Navy is trying to sign up 42,000; the Air Force is looking for 27,000, and the Marines hope to bring on 38,000. That comes to 187,000. The Army National Guard will also attempt to lure 40,000.

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How to Counter Military Recruitment by Pat Elder (#NoWar2016)

Occupy Military Recruiters!

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by Pat Elder
worldbeyondwar.org
September 26, 2016

Remarks at #NoWar2016

Countering military recruitment in the nation’s high schools confronts an ugly mix of a distinctively American brand of institutionalized violence, racism, militarism, nationalism, classism, and sexism. It confronts the greatest problems in American society.

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Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo (repost)

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by Lo
Editor, Dandelion Salad
originally posted July 12, 2012
May 25, 2015

This is the most important blog post on Dandelion Salad. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be considering enlisting as a soldier (mercenary). Stop them from selling their souls.

First is a list of the best videos with a description of the video followed by the link. Next is a short list of article links, then the archive of posts for “Before You Enlist” and websites for more information.

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Army Makes Case Against Enlisting by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
March 19, 2014

Pure Inspiration

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Remarkably, the U.S. Army War College has published a report (PDF) that makes an overwhelming case against enlisting in the U.S. Army. The report, called “Civilian Organizational Inhibitors to U.S. Army Recruiting and the Road Ahead,” identifies counter-recruitment organizations that effectively discourage young people from joining the military.

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Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo

resist don't enlist

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by Lo
Editor, Dandelion Salad
July 12, 2012

This is the most important blog post on Dandelion Salad. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be considering enlisting as a soldier (mercenary). Stop them from selling their souls.

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Ch. 6: Keep On Rockin’ By William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
November 4, 2011

Keep On Rockin’

From the book
RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Published by Trine Day

RADICAL PEACE is a collection of reports from peace activists in the USA, Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan. An American exchange student in one of my courses here in Germany contributed the following essay.

Jason was my boy-friend for a while in high school. It wasn’t a match made in heaven. Continue reading

Former Editor Sues Philadelphia Police for Constitutional Violations in Her Arrest by Walter M. Brasch

Elaine Brower under arrest

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by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
September 23, 2011

A former managing editor for the online newspaper, OpEdNews, has sued the city of Philadelphia and eight of its police officers for violating her Constitutional rights.

Cheryl Biren-Wright, Pennsauken, N.J., charges the defendants with violating her 1st, 4th, and 14th amendment rights. The civil action, filed in the U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, is based upon her arrest during a peaceful protest Sept. 12, 2009, at the Army Experience Center (AEC) in the Franklin Mills Mall.

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Ch. 2: Generations of Resistance to War By William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 2, 2011

21st Century Hippies!

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Generations of Resistance to War

From the book
RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Published by Trine Day

A Granny for Peace told of finding young allies in the struggle against military recruiting. Due to the Patriot Act, she wishes to remain nameless.

It’s never easy being a parent or a child. The generations always have friction between them, a conflict between the elders’ need to give guidance and youths’ need to find their own way. Continue reading

Antiwar Radio: Cindy Sheehan: Time to be Anti-Empire

with Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
August 12, 2010

Scott Horton
Antiwar Radio
August 11, 2010

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan discusses the still-elusive “noble cause” soldiers are supposedly dying for, why consumers of mainstream media might reasonably conclude the Iraq War is over, the GI Bill’s under-utilization and why the election of a Democratic president prompts the antiwar movement to take a four year vacation.

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American Crusaders: The rise of Christian nationalism in Post-9/11 America (2008)

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Christians cannot love their enemies and kill them, too
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A harrowing exploration of the rapid rise of American religious fanaticism after 9/11. This film explores an emerging ultra-rightwing mass movement seeking dominion over all aspects of contemporary American society. The film weaves archival video, contemporary Christian Nationalist movement propaganda (recruiting videos, apocalyptic/military video game imagery, etc. and original investigative material) to create an intense examination of the mindset and its will to power.

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The Fight to Save Public Education in America by Shamus Cooke

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by Shamus Cooke
Global Research, March 6, 2010

March 4 was historic.  It will be remembered as the day that people began to fight back against the destruction of public education.  The student and teacher led offensive took place in cities across the country; teachers, students and school workers demonstrated and marched, showcasing the aggressive methods of the struggle.  San Francisco led the way with the biggest numbers.  As many as 15,000 people, mostly students, teachers and social service workers attended a Civic Center rally organized by the three teachers unions and the San Francisco Labor Council.

This can only be the beginning.  The war on public education has been carefully planned for years, orchestrated by corporate interests and implemented by Republicans and Democrats alike.

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Jo Comerford: Cashing in the War Dividend

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Democracy Now!
Oct. 21, 2009

Eight is (More Than) Enough: End the Wars!

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“Cashing in the War Dividend”: As Healthcare Reform Limited by Deficit Concerns, Military Spending Continues to Grow

As lawmakers hash out the final details of legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system, one of the key questions is: How much will it all cost, and how will it affect the federal deficit? While $900 billion over ten years may sound like a hefty price tag, it is a mere fraction of this country’s spending on the military, which is expected to grow by at least $133.1 billion over the next decade. [includes rush transcript]

Jo Comerford, executive director of the National Priorities Project. Her latest article is available at TomDispatch.com. It’s called, Cashing in the War Dividend: The Joys of Perpetual War.

ANJALI KAMAT: On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are hashing out the final details of legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system. And one of the key questions is: How much will it all cost, and how will it affect the federal deficit?

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Journalist and Six Protesters Arrested At “Army Experience Center” in Philadelphia

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Women Warriors. Sharing The Danger. by Eileen Coles

by Eileen Coles
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at www.docudharma.com/diary
August 17, 2009

While I was serving at Ramstein during Desert Storm, “Overseas!” magazine came out with an article with that incredibly cheesy title. It featured a tough looking gal in chocolate chip cami’s with a firm set to her jaw and a pair of the ubiquitous 1980’s ZZ Top “cheap sunglasses” that were being offered for sale in every AAFES store, BX, PX, and commissary. I believe she was either standing there holding a weapon or standing behind a gun emplacement. The very idea that this woman would be in combat was laughable at the time, women were having enough problems being allowed to fly C130 cargo missions for USAFE’s arm of the Desert Storm operation, Proven Force.

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