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An Army of None: Strategies to Counter Military Recruitment, End War, and Build a Better Worldby David Solnit
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Every day in the United States, military recruiters enter the halls of high schools equipped with a goodie bag of promises and free copies of the US Army’s official new video game, America’s Army. Assurances of non-combat positions and college money made largely to teens of color and low-income communities rarely materialize upon real-life service.
An Army of None is a comprehensive guide to counter-recruitment campaigns—from personal counseling to legislative change to direct action. More hands-on and sustainable than other antiwar activities, the counter-recruitment movement offers a provocative vision for the future and has the potential to create deep positive social change and de-militarize our schools, country, and the world at large.
An Army of None is an unprecedented and practical resource for activists, containing compelling photos and artwork, spoken word, sample fact sheets, how-to guides, lobbying directions, resource lists, and ideas for direct action. It provides a frightening look into the world of military recruitment that everyone in the United States should know about, and the hopeful stories, inspiration, and tools necessary to do something about it.
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Military counterrecruitment organizing, as activists Allison and Solnit see it, "is the most practical way to tangibly resist United States policy that, while cutting funding for education, employment, and social programs, promotes war and empire." They present a primer on counterrecruitment that describes the realities of military recruitment in schools and communities and outlines resistance strategies, tactics, and resources running the gamut from one-on-one counseling sessions to street-side poetry slams and government lobbying efforts. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This text is a comprehensive guide to counter-recruitment campaigns from personal counseling to legislative change to direct action. It provides a frightening look into the world of military recruitment that the authors believe everyone in the United States should know about, and the hopeful stories, inspiration, and tools necessary to do something about it.
A conscientious objector and global justice organizer team up to present the comprehensive guide combating recruitment.
Uniformed U.S. Army Officers lunch with students in elementary school cafeterias. Army training programs including rifle and pistol instruction replace physical education in middle schools. Like never before, military recruiters are entering the halls of U.S. schools with unchecked access in an attempt to bolster a military in crisis.
However, even as these destructive efforts to militarize youth accelerate, so do the creative and powerful efforts of students, community members, and veterans to challenge them. Today, the counter recruitment movement—from counseling to poetry slams to citywide lobbying efforts—has become one of the most practical ways to tangibly resist U.S. policy that cuts funding for education and social programs while promoting war and occupation. Without enough soldiers, the U.S. cannot sustain its empire.
Army of None exposes the real story behind the military-recruitment complex, and offers guides, tools, and resources for education and action, and people power strategies to win.
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