You’re invited … and please invite your friends!

“Draft Women? Hell No! Webinar” – Tuesday, May 26 at 5-6pm Pacific Time, 8-9pm ET, hosted by Code Pink.
https://www.codepink.org/draft_women_hell_no
About: A bill introduced to Congress is trying to expand draft registration to women . . . but a network of peace activists, experienced draft resisters, antiwar feminists, and draft-age youth are working to not only stop it, but to abolish the draft for all genders. Join them and CODEPINK for this 1-hr webinar on the history, strategies, and current efforts to resist the draft. 
Speakers include: Arianna Standish, Truth In Recruitment; Rivera Sun, CODEPINK; Kharis Murphey, Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign & On Earth Peace; Edward Hasbrouck, Resisters.info; and Bill Galvin, Center on Conscience and War.
RSVP here:
https://www.codepink.org/draft_women_hell_no
Invite FB Friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/723588745049208

Truth in Recruitment Still a Resource for the Community

As we shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Truth in Recruitment team and Steering Committee wish you good spirits and health. With school closures and other public gatherings on hold, our outreach to the community has had to change.

Amidst these challenges, we face a new urgency to provide resources for non-military paths to service and jobs. At an April Zoom presentation to Youth Making Change, some students voiced how they had considered military enlistment, but their minds changed after reading Truth in Recruitment’s literature at the 2020 Women’s March. Now more than ever, we need your support as we continue to provide balanced information to students and families. 

Please use this link to support our outreach to students, families and schools and make a donation today:

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Tuesday, May 5, was a special Giving Tuesday created in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19 to facilitate connections between people like you who want to make a difference and non-profit organizations who are doing critical work for communities in need. Please make a tax-deductible donation to Truth in Recruitment! 
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Truth in Recruitment calls for the Abolition of the Selective Service System

Military Draft Expanded to Women?

Ended by President Gerald Ford in 1975, President Jimmy Carter again made registration with the Selective Service System (SSS) for military draft/conscription mandatory for males/people identified male at birth, ages 18-25. On March 25, 2020, the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (NCMNPS) recommended that Congress expand SSS registration to women. 

Two bills have been introduced to Congress: H.R. 5492, calls for the elimination of the SSS and of past penalties to young men who did not register, and a second bill, HR 6415, would force young women to register for a military draft, as well as further expand military recruitment and the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC). 

TIR does not believe that mandating women to register for a military draft supports equality for women. We believe that the best way to promote gender equality and fairness is to free men from military conscription and end draft registration for all. 

We plan to host advocacy trainings this year for young people and their allies so that they can tell our elected officials how they want to be of service, but not be coerced into that service.

A bipartisan bill, H.R. 5492, calls for elimination of the SSS, to move beyond forcing young people into military. The main sponsor of the bill, Rep. Peter DeFazio, released this statement on the NCMNPS’s recommendation to expand draft registration to women. He says in part:

“No young person, regardless of gender, should be subject to a military draft or be forced to register for a draft in the United States. The military draft registration system is an unnecessary, wasteful bureaucracy which unconstitutionally violates Americans’ civil liberties and unfairly subjects individuals who fail to register for the draft to unnecessarily severe, lifelong penalties – penalties which disproportionately affect low-income Americans. Adding women to the draft will only double the amount of Americans who are subjected to this arcane practice.”

TIR HAS CALLED FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE SSS. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH ANTIDRAFT AND ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS SUCH AS THE CENTER ON CONSCIENCE AND WAR, CODEPINK, COMMITTEE OPPOSED TO MILITARIZATION AND THE DRAFT AMONG OTHERS, TO BUILD AWARENESS OF THE SSS AND THE ACTIONS YOUTH AND THEIR ALLIES CAN TAKE BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY. HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO HELP OPPONENTS OF THE DRAFT AND WAR UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING:

Read Truth in Recruitments’ statement on the SSS here.



In English and Espanol – Selective Service System (required registration for military service) Fact Sheet.

Truth in Recruitment is in the news!
We have recently been featured in the Santa Maria Times, KCBX Radio, and Teen Vogue. Click here to read the articles and learn about the work we have been doing!
Truth in Recruitment hosted a Summit on Youth and the Military on Saturday, October 12, to provide the Santa Maria community with information about the potential effects of the Selective Service System and frequent presence of military recruiters in area junior high and high schools.
Over 50 attendees learned about changes Congress may make to the Selective Service System (SSS) that could include women having to register for the draft as young men do now. There also were presentations on the realities of military recruitment within local schools, and the issues deported veterans and their families face.
Follow this link to read more from TIR student intern Alicia.
 
 

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Truth in Recruitment (TIR) is a student advocacy group under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Friends (Quaker) Meeting, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our goal is to work with students, families, teachers, veterans, community organizations, and school districts to clarify the consequences of military careers, provide alternative options for students’ academic and professional success, to inform families of their children’s privacy rights, and to advocate for policies regulating recruiter presence on campuses.

If you are a student or family member, please take a look at our page Life After High School for information on ways to make a difference in your community and set yourself up for an enriching career. Also, take a look at our many resources to learn about your family’s privacy rights, and how to opt out of having your child’s information released to recruiters.

You can join our movement by sharing our message and resources with your community, becoming involved in our advocacy with public officials, volunteering for community service, or making a tax-deductible donation here.

Schools are for the education of students!

Truth in Recruitment (TIR) ​​es un grupo de defensa estudiantil bajo los auspicios de Santa Barbara Friends Meeting (Quakers), somos una organización sin fines de lucro 501 (c) 3. Nuestro objetivo es trabajar con estudiantes, familias, maestros, veteranos, organizaciones comunitarias y distritos escolares aclarar las consecuencias de las militares carreras, para proporcionar alternativas para que los estudiantes puedan tomar decisiones educadas sobre su futuro, para informar a las familias de los derechos de privacidad de sus hijos, y para abogar por las políticas que regulan la presencia del reclutador en los campus.

Truth in Recruitment se dedica a crear oportunidades de servicio comunitario para estudiantes, nuestros oradores incluyen veteranos militares para presentaciones en el aula y talleres para jóvenes, familias y organizaciones. Por favor contáctenos para más información.

Estamos financiados tanto por donaciones individuales como por donaciones de fundaciones como el Fondo de Santa Bárbara y la Fundación McCune. Contando principalmente con voluntarios, tenemos un personal valioso que proporciona la organización y la administración necesarias para este trabajo vital.