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“Going into the military is no joke. I feel my Hispanic community is being targeted, in terms of recruiting young people at schools, especially in poorer communities. We have a duty to tell truth when it comes to recruiting, and I feel that duty isn’t being met.  I want to take action in letting kids/parents know the truth. ”   —  Anarely Martinez,  Santa Maria High School student.                                    

Board of Directors

Stephen Pope, Santa Barbara Friends Meeting, was a conscientious objector at the end of the Vietnam war and has worked with Truth in Recruitment since 2012. He is also a workshop facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project and active prison clergy registered with the California Department of Corrections.

Robert Lane Clark, Santa Barbara Friends Meeting

Elizabeth Colón, Associate, Veterans For Peace (VFP), Jim & Shirley Kennedy Santa Barbara Chapter 54, has along with other chapter members represented the VFP’s support of Truth In Recruitment vision since its inception.  Past civic service includes SB County AA Commission, Concilio de la Raza Board of Directors, Freedom Community Clinic Patient Advocate/Board of Directors and VFP Chapter 54 Secretary, 2010-2015.  She is a current member of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.

Michael Cervantes, Veterans for Peace Ventura Chapter # 112 member, is a Vietnam War veteran, and an alternative recruiter in the Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD). He worked successfully to have an opt out form provided to families by the OUHSD and has regularly tabled in the Oxnard and Santa Barbara schools. He has expertise guiding high school senior students on how to withdraw from their military Delayed Entry Program (DEP) agreements, a fact little known to students and their families.

Rose Nadis and Al Williams, student liaisons, are Santa Barbara High School students involved in youth outreach and artistic contributions. Al is enrolled in the SBHS Visual Arts and Design Academy and Rose is a guitar player in the Advanced Jazz Band. Both are involved in Ethnic Studies Now and the SBHS Gender and Sexuality Alliance club.

James Robertson, staff oversight and support

Web Design:

Mitra Cline, website designer, is a freelance artist and founder of Foreverbird Studio. She holds a MA in humanities with an emphasis in depth psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute with an emphasis in Painting.

Staff:

Kate Connell, coordinator, is a parent of two students who have attended Santa Barbara schools and is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers.  She has served as a military counselor for personnel who sought discharge from the military and is trained as a draft counselor, as a facilitator with Alternatives to Violence Project, and in conflict resolution and mediation.  Kate was a member of the panel, “Education Not Militarization,” at the Veterans for Peace National Convention, held in Chicago, Illinois in August 2017. She is a resource for students, families, and schools for information on alternatives to military careers, on students’ and families’ privacy rights, and drafting school policies regulating recruiter access to students.

Lisha Pacheco, South County intern, is a social justice advocate for underrepresented and/or marginalized Spanish speakers. She has worked with underserved populations since 2009, initially as a student assistant for the Aspire program which supports first generation students as they transfer to higher education. Lisha holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego. In San Diego, she was an active member of MANA, an organization that empowers Latinas through education, leadership, development, community service and advocacy. Lisha now lives in Santa Barbara with her daughter, where she engages with high school students from varying backgrounds to discuss alternatives to military recruitment.