Sunday, May 22, 2005


(all information below is from the hard working folks at THE GLOBAL WOMEN'S STRIKE)

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)

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