No one should be required to register for the military draft and to participate in systems of war. But earlier this year, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to expand the registration requirement for Selective Service to women.
Tell your Senators: It's time to end—not expand—the Selective Service System!
1) Call your Senators today by contacting the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask for your Senators.
2) When you are connected with their office, you can use the script below:
"Hello! My name is ______ and I’m a constituent from _____. I’m calling to ask the Senator to support the Wyden/Lummis bipartisan amendment #4161 to the National Defense Authorization Act, if it gets a vote on the Senate floor. The amendment would end, rather than expand, the Selective Service registration requirement.
Most men in the U.S. are required to register for the draft, and face many extrajudicial financial, career, and immigration penalties if they don’t, despite the many reasons why someone might oppose participating in preparation for war. Few young men voluntarily comply with the requirement to register and even fewer inform the Selective Service System each time they move. A former director of the Selective Service System even testified that the registration list would be 'less than useless' for an actual draft.
Despite these problems, some members of Congress are proposing expanding this system to women. However, I don’t think this is the best way to achieve equality. Instead of expanding a burdensome system to women, we should end the Selective Service registration requirement for everyone.
Please tell the Senator to oppose efforts to expand the Selective Service, and to instead support the Wyden/Lummis amendment #4161 to end compulsory draft registration for both men and women in this year's National Defense Authorization Act."
3) Call two times to be connected to each of your Senators. If you can't get through, consider looking up the number for your local office—usually found on the legislator's website.