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Objector Counseling Project
Visalia Friends Meeting is planning to establish a counseling service
for people who want to explore their beliefs and options regarding their
participation in the military. This project is in a startup phase. We
welcome your participation whether or not you are a member of the Visalia
jump-start our project we had a 3-hour training session for prospective
counselors led by a representative of the CCCO
(Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors) on Saturday Feb. 16.
We videotaped the workshop.
Counseling" When There Is No Draft?
current draft registration process has no provision for allowing you
to indicate you are a conscientious objectors. As it stands now the
first opportunity you would have to establish such a claim is after
receiving an induction notice. At that point you might have as little
as 10 days to build a case. This provides little time to sort out and
be able to articulate your beliefs, discover your legal rights, gather
letters of reference, etc. It is important to think through your position,
document your beliefs, demonstrate that your life style is consistent
with those beliefs, and develop a network of information and support.
areas needing to be addressed now are educational efforts to
counter the aggressive on-campus military recruitment, and counseling
for those in the military who have had second thoughts.
has come to our attention that a bill is being considered in the House
of Representatives Armed Services Committee (HR
3598) that would require universal basic military training. It appears
that this bill, if passed in its current form, would require even conscientious
objectors to participate in basic military training. This bill has been
referred to committee. You may want to contact your representatives
and register your feelings about this bill and/or its conscientious
Easter week 2002 the Navy set up a Disneyland-style flight simulator
in the Porterville Wal-Mart parking lot for a recruitment fair ("War
Faire" as Bill Warner so aptly put it). We responded by setting
up a booth with counter-recruitment
literature. To clarify my own thinking I wrote out my thoughts on
the rationale for opposing recruitment
for a volunteer military.--David Chandler]
A new site created with the intent of helping people think through
issues of war, peace, militarism, resistance, and conscientious
Website including a
fact sheet on conscientious objection.
Committee for Conscientious Objectors, a major source of practical
information on all aspects of conscientious objection. Their programs
out of our Schools, Getting
out of the Delayed Entry Program, Third
World Outreach Program (reaching out to minority populations
within the United States). They get over 10,000 calls per year on
their GI Rights Hotline: (800) 394-9544.
on Conscience and War (CCW), (Formerly the National Interreligious
Service Board for Conscientious Objectors); includes good discussion
of the moral and practical issues facing conscientious objectors.
If you are a conscientious objector, consider signing their Conscientious
of Reconciliation, a very active interfaith peace organization.
Resistors League, "Believing war to be a crime against
humanity, the War Resisters League, founded in 1923, advocates Gandhian
nonviolence as the method for creating a democratic society free
of war, racism, sexism, and human exploitation."
Nonviolence Web, an organization to bring peace-oriented organizations
Peace Page, a site maintained by Chuck Fager with writings of
historical and contemporary Quakers on issues regarding the "Quaker
Peace Testimony" and millitarism.
Collective, a collection of articles, mostly by Robert Jensen,
a journalism professor in Austin Texas with a strong and articulate
antiwar position. These are good thought-provoking articles for
reflection about war and related topics.
Friends Service Committee: "The American Friends Service
Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of
various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian
service." Pacifism is more than avoiding military service.
It is actively working for peace and justice. The AFSC is involved
in helping to build a more peaceful world.
Thoreau's classic treatise, Civil
Disobedience. The occasion for writing was Thoroeau's arrest
for refusal to pay taxes that would go to support the Mexican War.
This short piece is worthy of a slow, thoughtful read!
- Other Related
National Gulf War Resource Center -- http://www.gulfweb.org/ngwrc
Center for Defense Information -- http://www.cdi.org
World Policy Institute -- http://www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms
Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) -- http://www.saveageneration.org
Institute for Policy Studies -- http://www.ips-dc.org
From the Wilderness Publications -- http://www.copvcia.com
Iraq Action Coalition -- http://www.iraqaction.org
Military Toxic Project -- http://www.miltoxproj.org
Fellowship of Reconciliation -- http://www.forusa.org
National Network to end the War against Iraq -- http://www.endthewar.org
The American Gulf War Veterans Association -- http://www.gulfwarvets.com
The Mariam Appeal -- http://www.mariamappeal.com
Voices in the Wilderness -- http://www.vitw.org
Rural Alliance for Military Accountability -- http://www.rama-usa.org
The Canadian Network to end the Sanctions on Iraq -- http://www.canesi.org
United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University, Palo
Alto -- http://www.unaff.org
Hopedance magazine -- http://hopedance.org
Progresive Book Source -- http://www.100fires.com