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International Week of Action for Military-Free Education and Research: 25 - 31 October

From War Resisters International:

25 - 31 October sees the first international week of action for military-free education and research: a concerted effort of antimilitarist action across the world to raise awareness and challenge of the role the military have in education, and to give voice to alternatives.

Last year saw the first ever international day of action for military-free education and research, with groups in India, Germany, South Africa, the state of Spain, Chile, Congo, the USA and Israel taking action to call for an end to the military's role in education and research. We hope that expanding the initative to a week will allow for even more actions over more time and with more creativity!

If you want to get involved this year, you are welcome to arrange your own autonomous actions, using the name and the logo above (a version in Spanish and German will follow) - if you would like to make another version in your own language, email cmoy@wri-irg.org for a copy.


What you can do

  • Sign a call to action: A call to action will be launched by War Resisters' International and others. If you are interested in signing up to this call to action, please email cmoy@wri-irg.org for a copy
  • Organise your own nonviolent action as part of the week of action for military-free education and research! Tell us what you are planning. If the action is public, we will publicise it to spread the word. Visit this page for some action ideas.
  • Not sure what to do? Get in touch and we can discuss action ideas with you, or put you in touch with others in your country who are already planning something.

Background info: http://www.antimili-youth.net/week-action-military-free-education-and-research-25-31-october-2014

STOP BOMBING IRAQ & SYRIA - Visibility Action

The Invasion of Afghanistan 13 Years Later
Visibility Action
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
3:30-6:00 PM
NE Couch & Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
(East End of Burnside Bridge)
TriMet bus lines 6, 12, 19 or 20 or Central Loop streetcar

Tuesday, October 7 will mark 13 years since the devastating US invasion of Afghanistan. A visibility action at the east end of the Burnside Bridge from 3:30 to 6 PM that day will remind people that the US still has a large presence in Afghanistan despite its promise to withdraw all "combat troops" buy the end of 2014. Of the 10,000 who will remain, roughly 10% will be members of the Oregon National Guard. The Peace and Justice Works "Tower of Peace" will remind motorists, cyclists and pedestrians heading in three directions about the ongoing effects of US policies in Afghanistan and the "Middle East."

On August 8th, the US began bombing in Iraq again, in an effort to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State. On September 22, US missiles began raining down on Syria as part of that effort. While the President has promised "no boots on the ground," war is war, by land, sea or air.

Event coordinated by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, cosponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Occupy Portland Elder Caucus, Recruiter Watch PDX, Little Light of Mine Friends Worship Group, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland, Freedom Socialist Party-Portland, and others.

For more info contact Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group at
(503) 236-3065 or iraq@pjw.info.

Repeal the "War on Terror"

The leading excuse for current U.S. wars, drone strikes, kill lists, renditions, imprisonments without trial, spying without warrants, the militarization of police, and gargantuan weapons budgets is the legal and rhetorical idea that the United States is involved in a war unbounded by time or space.

While it took 6 years to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that was used to justify war in Southeast Asia, after more than 11 years the Authorization for Use of Military Force -- the congressional resolution that launched the "war on terror" -- has not been repealed.

Click here to tell Congress enough is enough!

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who cast the only vote against the AUMF in 2001, has introduced a bill to repeal it.

H.R.198 would repeal the AUMF for two reasons: because Congress is Constitutionally bound to decide matters of war and cannot legally hand off that responsibility to its executive, and because Congresswoman Lee's somber predictions, when she stood alone against this madness and was subsequently obliged to hire security protection, have been proved right: the Authorization has been used and abused to an ever greater extent as an aggrandizement of executive power and a justification for the erosion of our civil liberties.

Please ask your Representative to co-sponsor and your Senators to do the same by clicking here.  You can also view a short video of Rep. Lee's prescient and powerful remarks in 2001.

H.R.198: Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force

US Military: Stop recruiting minors for warfare

Please take a moment to sign this petition.

It is common practice for the US military to actively recruit minors for enlistment.

Military recruiters are a common sight in our high schools, and they often make unwanted contact with our young people via phone calls and social media, trying ultimately to woo these kids into a combat zone. Indeed, the recruitment services have a large marketing budget at their disposal, much of which is targeting our kids. This activity has been going on for years, but why on earth is it allowed?

It shouldn't be.

As a society, we have determined that minors aren't yet ready to drink, to smoke, to vote, to get married, and so on, but yet it is deemed to be okay to try to hard-sell them into an eight-year limited-rights binding contract where they could be killed or be forced to kill? This is simply and clearly wrong. It needs to stop.

We call upon our elected representatives and the US military to put an end to this unnecessary and shameful practice. We call upon them to ban all recruitment of and marketing to minors for military service.

VISIBILITY ACTION: Tuesday, March 20, Casualties of Iraq Nine Years Later: U.S. Out!


Tuesday, March 20


Visibility  action on the ninth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

S.W. Yamhill and Broadway in downtown Portland


Even with American Troops gone, 16,000 U.S. personnel (including 8,000 "contractors" and 700 "military advisors") remain in the largest embassy in the world (the size of the Vatican).



3 PM - 6 PM Sunday, February 12, 2012

Begins at the corner of SW Salmon St and SW Park Ave, Portland OR

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Talk to kids about the realities of the military

As you may know, the Portland school board passed a resolution earlier in the year to grant "equal access" to counter military recruiters in public schools.  This policy is due to take effect at the end of January 2012 and as such we are working on our strategy to put counter recruiters into schools.  We need people who are available during the day time hours who would be interested in talking to kids in schools about alternatives to military enlistment.  While everyone is welcome, we are particularly interested in hearing from veterans as their perspective is very powerful in countering the message of military recruiters.  If you would like to get involved, please contact us.

ACTION ALERT: March against the National Defense Authorization Act

Saturday, December 17th 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Director's Park at SW Yamhill and Park Ave.

This year's National Defense Authorization Act, which is a bill passed every year for the past 48 years to fund the United States Department of Defense, has some particularly disturbing aspects to it.  While this bill is always objectionable because of its hand outs to political cronies and wasteful spending on the bloated war machine, this year it has provisions attached that would allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens without charge by the military.  All the government would have to do is label someone a terrorist to strip them of all their constitutional rights to due process.  Today, December 14th, the bill passed the House of Representatives and President Obama has withdrawn his veto threat and said he will sign the bill.  We must register our outrage of this blatant attack on by our government on basic rights and the constitution.  See you in the streets!

For more information and to sign a petition, please click here.

ACTION ALERT - Monday October 24th- Portland School Board To Vote On Equal Access Resolution

Military recruiter talking to kids

The Portland School Board is scheduled to vote this coming Monday (Oct. 24th) on a resolution to grant "equal access" to counter-recruitment groups.  The full text of the resolution is at the end of this post.  Currently all counter recruitment activities are banned from Portland public schools and this resolution would guarantee that counter-recruitment groups would have access to students on an equal footing with miltary recruiters.  The War Resisters League and other local activists have been pressing the school board on this matter for some time, and this resolution has a good chance of passing. There are no guarantees, of course. 

The passage of this resolution would go a long ways toward allowing groups such as the War Resisters League to present students with information about the realities of the military and alternatives to military enlistment.  As such, we would really like to pack the auditorium on Monday night to show that the community is behind equal access for counter-recruiters in our schools. We are encouraging a low key but solid show of support. We are planning to have lots of supporters holding small "equal access" signs throughout the auditorium.

So please do your best to show up, and bring a friend or two. The school board meeting begins at 5pm at the PPS administration building, 501 N. Dixon St. (2 blocks north of NE Broadway at the east end of the Broadway Bridge). The business agenda is scheduled to come up at about 6:30pm. We suggest you get there at least by 6pm.

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