Spring Update

Dear Friends,

Last week was a busy one for Truth in Recruitment! Following two consecutive days of site visits with funders, we tabled at a North County Job and Resource Fair as well as the Santa Barbara High School career fair. From meeting with our founding members to tabling with first-time volunteers, it was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, and how our community continues to grow.

On Thursday, I (Aryeh) drove up to table at the Job and Resource Fair with one of our North County volunteers, Janet. As I pulled up to the event, the first person I saw was a Navy recruiter in full uniform – a concerning, yet unsurprising welcome to the event. As if to reaffirm the importance of our presence, our table was directly facing the Army’s, and not far from both the Navy’s and Marines’. Despite the military’s strength in numbers, our colorful display and peace-oriented activities drew more interest, and a more diverse and engaged group of visitors throughout the day. From high school and university students, to parents of young children and Vietnam veterans, our visitors were consistently intrigued by, grateful for, and enthusiastic to support our work.

We were also approached by curious military recruiters who were, of course, not accustomed to seeing their work directly challenged in the job fair environment. My conversation with one recruiter who came over turned out to be a fascinating and surprising moment in the afternoon. While we clearly had conflicting reasons for being at the job fair, he spoke of his mixed feelings about recruiting and said – as a father of two – that he appreciated our effort to give parents more visibility and control over recruiters’ access to their children, and to hold recruiters accountable for making clear the risks and consequences of enlistment. He also acknowledged the value in providing alternative perspectives, and listening and learning from others. While we can’t rely on all recruiters to have the same response, it was an encouraging reminder that our message is a universal appeal for humanity and truth that is always worth sharing – even with those who we least expect to listen.



Paid Internship (Apply Now!)

                  Community Organizer Paid Internship

An ideal internship opportunity for someone with a passion for social justice, peace, and youth advocacy, seeking experience in communications/social media and community organizing.

Truth in Recruitment is a non-profit, student advocacy group based in Santa Barbara, California. We are students, families, veterans, youth groups, teachers, social justice activists and members of faith
communities. Our goal is to help students ask the right questions about the stakes of a military career, provide non-military options for academic and professional success, inform parents of their privacy
rights, and to implement school policies limiting recruiter presence on campuses.

Interns will work with a coordinator and with student and community volunteers to:

• Assist in the establishment of a network and develop local commitment and support through outreach to community and youth groups such as: PTAs & parents organizations; community
centers; high-school and college student clubs; religious organizations; and veterans associations.

• Assemble and distribute organizing materials and sample policies.
• Help maintain our website and social media accounts.

• Develop a working list of agencies, media, and other resources to be contacted with information about regulating recruiters in schools.

• Research existing recruiter school policies and protocols in Santa Barbara County School Districts.

• Set up appointments and meet with school staff and administrators.

 ***Bilingual and bicultural applicants preferred***

Salary: $15/hour @ 4-6 hours/week for 6 months, to be paid twice a month.

Please send a brief cover letter and resume to Kate Connell,

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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


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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Artists and activists

beetlebailley_why-copyThe arts inspire social change and have historically been used in political movements. Social justice activists work for freedom and justice for all people. Here are some examples…

Beyoncé performance Freedom at BetAwards2016

Bayard Rustin- Brother Outsider – the Life of Bayard Rustin

Bob Dylan – God on Our Side

Donovan – Universal Soldier

Phil Ochs – What are you fighting for?

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus – Orlando Tribute – –Singing For Our Lives & Irish Blessing

Holly Near – Singing For Our Lives

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