December Counter-recruitment Networking Calls
Dear fellow shalom workers,
As you may know, military recruiters are active in most communities in the United States. Reports show that they regularly exaggerate their offers and make subtly misleading agreements with young people. There is a vibrant movement emerging to present positive alternatives to the militarization of youth -- just google "counter-recruitment" and you will see what I mean.
Every six to eight weeks, On Earth Peace sponsors a networking conference call for anyone working on truth-in-recruitment organizing, especially focused on supporting those working from the basis of Christian faith (though all are warmly welcomed to participate).
You can see a basic introduction to this work here: http://www.brethren.org/oepa/programs/peace-witness/counter-recruitment/index.html
It's time for the next round of calls!
Here are your choices:
(1) Wednesday, December 6th, at 6:00 pm EASTERN
(2) Thursday, December 7th, at 11:00 am EASTERN
Please reply to this e-mail to join this month's calls, which will feature (1) Christian theological reflection on counter-recruitment, (2) a chance to share and hear stories with other organizers around the country, and (3) highlights of recent resources and new developments in the truth-in-recruiting movement. We welcome both those people who have been active for some time or for those just beginning to work in this area.
These networking calls are always a high-energy boost of cross-pollination, and include organizers from coast to coast. Folks have already RSVPed for this round from Washington, DC; both Cincinnati and Columbus, OH; Brooklyn, NY; Claremont, CA; Richmond, IN; and El Paso, TX.
This time we're scheduling two conference calls for you to choose from, which will be limited to 8 persons each (not including the facilitators). Don't panic! If demand outpaces supply, we'll schedule another call -- and celebrate our abundance! When you reply, please be sure to give the date and time you plan to participate.
Can you join us on December 6th at 6:00 pm or December 7th at 11:00 am (both times Eastern)?
We hope so!
Coordinator of Peace Witness
On Earth Peace
Living Peace Church of the Brethren