Youth and Militarism

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Thinking of enlisting?

counter recuitment youth

Youth at counter recruitment conference

Youth at Counter Recruitment Conference.

Signing up for the military isn't like taking a job or registering for a camp or school. It is a serious decision that has lifelong consequences. Recruiters are quick to emphasize the good points about being in the military, but there are many downsides. What recruiters say about life in the military at best omits many facts. At worst, recruiters tell out and out lies to sign up recruits.


Resistance in the face of Militarism in Israel

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sahar Vardi

Sahar Vardi  speaking about The Wall in East Jerusalem

Sahar Vardi is the Coordinator of the Israel Program in AFSC's office in East Jerusalem.

Pentagon's stealth spending spree: Philadelphia Inquirer

In this opinion article, AFSC's Robin Aura Kanegis points out that in this season of federal budget debates "the Pentagon has apparently developed the ultimate cloaking mechanism - one that protects the military's budget bloat from mathematical reality. The military budget accounts for more than half of federal discretionary spending, as well as nearly half of all military spending worldwide. But despite this lopsided investment, increased military appropriations are set to glide past Congress' so-called budget hawks like a Stealth Bomber."

Opinion: This Budget Cutting Math Doesn’t Add Up

By Robin Aura Kanegis

It’s simple math: A military budget that has doubled in twelve years + worries about the resulting deficit = deep cuts to military spending. 

Before You Enlist! 2011

before you enlist 2011

Straight talk from soldiers, veterans and their family members tells what is missing from the sales pitches presented by recruiters and the military's marketing efforts.

AFSC-SENE blog: March of the Dead on the 9th Anniversary of the War

A line of people dressed in black with uniform white masks walked slowly through the central bus plaza in downtown Providence on Friday October 8.

Voice of Philly blog: AFSC pays tribute to fallen Afghans

Lost in the debate over the U.S. role in Afghanistan is the significant toll the war has taken on Afghan civilians. The American Friends Service Committee hopes Thursday’s “Windows and Mirrors” art exhibit will help to shine a light on the thousands of Afghan civilians killed since the U.S. attacked Afghanistan nine years ago. 

The Maine Times Record commentary: Stop militarizing our public schools


Commentary by Jim Brokaw, a member of the American Friends Service Committee’s Program on Youth and Militarism. He lives in Brunswick, Maine.

KBOO talk radio in Portland: Mireya Medina discusses how war hits us home


KBOO talk radio station interviews the AFSC"s Mireya Medina about the costs of war at home, in advance of a bi-lingual Peace Tour to examine the daily struggles of communities of color in Portland. 

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