Sunday, May 22, 2005
Did you know that Bush's "No Child Left Behind Act" requires schools to give students' home phone numbers & addresses to the military and that you have the right to Opt Out – refuse to have the school release that info?
Be part of a growing national movement to Opt Out!
A community dialogue to launch a grassroots campaign to let students and parents know our right to "Opt Out" & to demand that money for war and prisons go instead to caregivers, youth and communities!
Monday May 23
Tabernacle United Church, 3700 Chestnut St. W. Phila
$3-$10 requested donation - No one turned away / Refreshments / Childcare & translation available
Keynote speaker Margaret Prescod anti-war, women’s rights & Black community activist; part of historic NYC fight for community control of schools; Pacifica Radio/LA host; US co-coordinator, Global Women's Strike
Panel of students, parents, military families, vets & others featuring Chester parents and students who kicked out Edison Corp. from running their schools; Montclair NJ students who got 80% of parents to opt out.
Video clips from Military Myths (by ROOTS & Paper Tiger TV) and Refusing to Kill (by Payday)
Speak Out: End the Twin Terrors of Poverty & War Raise your concerns, find out about saying NO to ROTC & other military recruitment; the “poverty draft” targeting youth of color, women & other low income communities; conditions in schools; the criminalization of survival; US efforts to destabilize Venezuela; US/ UN occupation of Haiti. Get sample Opt Out forms.
Coordinated by: Global Women's Strike/Phila, Payday (Refusing to Kill) Co-sponsors: AWOL Magazine, Central Ctte for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO), Every Mother is a Working Mother Network, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), National Youth & Militarism Program of AFSC, Survivors Take Action Against Abuse by Military Personnel (STAAAMP) Endorsers: Brandywine Peace Community, Centro Juan Antonio Corretjer, Centro Pedro Claver, Community Youth Organizing Cmpn, Military Families Speak Out, Peace Action Del Valley, Phila Student Union, PRAWN, Queers for Peace & Justice, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom/Phila
(POSTED by CAConrad)