Santa Barbara High School Community Service Fair on Friday, October 27

On a Friday morning, October 27, at Santa Barbara High School,  I joined Fernando and Kate during  Santa Barbara High School’s Community Service Fair. As I arrived at the Truth in Recruitment table, students were swarming around while asking questions and playing games.  At the Wheel of Fortune, Fernando and students were talking about the financial realities of a military career and other questions posed by the wheel. Kate guided a small group to ‘vote with their dollars’ as if they were members of Congress deciding how to allocate funds for the national budget.  Students doled out the coins while considering the consequences of distributing money between education, humanitarian aid, environment, the prison system and the military.  In a comment book, people took turns writing about the ways they are proud of their heritage.  All these young people walked away with bracelets that read: Question Authority.

Several teachers and students told us they were grateful that Truth in Recruitment was there.

It was fun.

Barb Parmet

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Dos Pueblos High School Community Service Fair reveals insights of students

On Friday, October 6, we were down at the Dos Pueblos High School Community Service Fair talking to students about alternatives to the military. During their lunchtime several students took their time to learn about many shortcomings that a military career drags around with it, from incompatible job training, to deep mental trauma.

It was great to interact with those who we work so hard to help, and the engagement was fantastic! Students were introduced to important questions that one might not consider when signing up but are absolutely crucial, such as, is there any way to lose the benefits promised by recruiters, or what are the terms of a military contract.

A couple of the students shared that their family members had been in the military. One young man said that his father had been deployed to Iraq and had trouble sleeping – he thought that he probably suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD). Another student shared that her grandfather had been in Chiang Kai-shek’s armed forces in China. She said that he became separated from his family and never saw them again. Another student said that many of her family members who had served suffered from PTSD.

It’s always an enriching experience to be able to interact directly with students and I’d like to give a huge thank you to DPHS for having us there for their volunteer fair.

-Fernando Cornejo TIR Intern

True Costs of War

On December 14, 2016, along with the Santa Barbara High School Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Associated Student Body and members of Veterans for Peace Santa Barbara, we set up a display of the True Costs of War, tombstones representing the more than 400 18 and 19 year olds killed in action in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Here is a video of a student playing Taps at the event.

Community Service Opportunities

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Truth in Recruitment encourages students to take ownership of peace issues and the meaning of citizenship– to voice their perspective on recruiters and militarism.

Our community service opportunities for students include: creating and helping set up displays, designing artwork for social media, flyers and informational materials, working and meeting with school clubs, administrators, staff and parent groups. We welcome your involvement in this effort!

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