The Military & Draft Counseling Project

We are one of two groups (see OCWTR) that constitute the War Resisters League, Portland Chapter, and a non-profit organization registered with the State of Oregon.  We serve as a community resource on issues related to military service, military conscription and conscientious objection.  We also promote alternatives to militarism and military recruitment and, to that end, we engage in public education / outreach and the lobbying of public officials. The Military & Draft Counseling Project works in cooperation with a network of local and national organizations.  We participate in national listserves and have ready access to up-to-date information and referral sources (see links).  We are an all-volunteer organization, and we charge no fees for our services but gladly accept donations.

Current projects include:

  • GI rights counseling and advocacy
  • Draft (registration) counseling and support
  • High school classroom presentations
  • Leafleting at school campuses
  • Placing ads in student newspapers
  • Other student and community outreach
  • Lobbying the Portland School Board

If you would like to become involved with any of these projects—or if you have ideas about other organizing strategies—please contact us.  We are especially interested in hearing from students and student groups, and we believe that counter-recruitment work is most effective when students take a leadership role.  With more volunteer help, we can be more effective in promoting peace and justice over militarism, political ambition, and corporate greed.

Click here to contact The Military and Draft Counseling Project

Here are some useful resources for more information:

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)

Project YANO

Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD)
760-753-7518 or 619-265-1369

Center on Conscience and War

Youth and Militarism Program – American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)