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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

Staff:

Kate Connell is the coordinator of Truth in Recruitment as well as the parent of two students who have attended Santa Barbara schools. She is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers.  Along with other parents, students, veterans and community members, she successfully led the effort to implement the recruiter policy in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. 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.  She is a resource for information on alternatives to military careers, on students’ and families’ privacy rights, and drafting school policies regulating recruiter access to students.

Zulema Aleman is TIR’s North County Coordinator. She is a Cal Poly Alum whose coursework focused around social psychology, gender, and queer and ethnic studies. She has been heavily involved in organizing for education equity and access in the Central Coast since 2014. Zulema felt drawn to TIR’s mission due to her family and community connection to it, as well as her background in student support services in higher education, and being an AmeriCorps alum. She strongly believes in ensuring that youth are informed about resources, options, and the various career paths available to them before they make life changing decisions.

Kenya Palacios is TIR’s South County Community Outreach Intern. She recently graduated from UCSB with a B.A in sociology and Spanish. Her college experience sparked an interest in social justice for minority groups as well as in working with youth. Born and raised in Coachella, CA, a city located near an active military base, she had personal experience with recruitment. She felt drawn to Truth in Recruitment’s mission due to her own community’s experience. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of youth.

Selina Perez, TIR’s North County Community Outreach Intern, is a Santa Maria High School senior and president of SMHS Future Leaders of America. She heard a Truth in Recruitment presentation in her Chicano/Latino studies class and realized that a lot of access was being given to recruiters, while the stakes of military careers were not being addressed. In June she traveled with TIR’s coordinator Kate Connell to a counter recruitment summit in Chicago where she participated in drafting a strategic plan for a national campaign addressing the issue of military recruitment in schools.

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.