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  1. 2. Coalition Against Militarism in our Schools (CAMS) Arlene Inouye
  2. 3. Who We Are <ul><ul><ul><li>キ A coalition of teachers, students, parents, veterans and community members and organizations united to demilitarize schools and present alternatives. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ A nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. What is Militarism <ul><li>By militarism we refer to the policies, practices, programs and school climate of the K-12 public educational system, that promotes and goes so far as to push students into the military without providing the alternatives. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Recruiters in Schools
  5. 6. School mascot Garfield HS LAUSD
  6. 7. How Was CAMS Founded? <ul><ul><ul><li>CAMS was founded at the onset of the invasion of Iraq by Arlene Inouye, a Speech and Language Specialist in Los Angeles who was deeply concerned about the aggressive and pervasive military recruitment on high school campuses. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 9. It’s a Poverty Draft <ul><ul><ul><li>High school students in working poor communities in Los Angeles and around the country have experienced a dramatic increase in military recruiting activities and military programming after 9-11 and the Iraq War. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 10. Military recruiting Garfield High School LAUSD
  9. 11. Recruitment Takes Place in Many Ways
  10. 12. Military Branding <ul><ul><ul><li>Each year Hundreds of millions of dollars is spent on </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Military marketing or propaganda including </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>slick advertising ads </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My Space campaigns, sporting events, video games and virtual reality tours etc </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In addition the military has expanded their educational programs to include online test preparation programs, military academies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and increased scholarship money </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 13. Topic Two
  12. 14. Topic Three
  13. 16. <ul><li>Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest school district in the nation with 64 Senior High Schools and 72.8% of the students with Hispanic/Latino ethnic heritage (LAUSD Fingertip Facts 2007-8) </li></ul>
  14. 17. What This Means <ul><ul><ul><li>IN LAUSD and Nationwide, military recruiters have stepped up their efforts to increase the numbers of Latinos in military service. They are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. workforce. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 18. <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By 2020 their goal is to increase military recruitment up to 22% of the Latino population (It was 12.6% in 2006). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The army has a far-reaching strategy to attract Hispanics including advertising (i.e. Yo Soy El Army campaign), partnerships with Latino organizations such the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and stay-in-school campaigns directed at Latino youth. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 21. In 2002, Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act for K-12 public schools <ul><ul><ul><li>キ Section 9528 states that school districts must provide the names, addresses and phone numbers of secondary students unless an Opt Out form is received by the school. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Federal title I funding will be with held from school districts who do not comply. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Military recruiters are to have the same access to schools as college and career recruiters. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 22. <ul><li>The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a 3 ½ hour standardized test that has been given to public high school students since 1968. </li></ul>ASVAB
  18. 23. The ASVAB is <ul><ul><ul><li>・ a joint program between the nation's schools and the military. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>・ a free vocational assessment package </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>・ the official entry test used by all services. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>・ the military’s #1 recruiting tool. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 24. Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps JROTC <ul><li>A military class often used as a physical education elective that is promoted as a leadership training program which develops discipline </li></ul>
  20. 26. <ul><ul><ul><li>JROTC Policy Memorandum 50 on March 30, 1999 states: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Purpose: To provide guidance on implementation of initiatives to enhance recruiting efforts with the U.S. Army recruiting Command.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There are over 3000 programs nationwide affecting over a half a million students. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students shoot guns, march and learn military history and behavior. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 27. JROTC violates California State Education Code mandates and NCLB requirements <ul><ul><ul><li>キ Students are involuntarily placed into the program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ JROTC does not comply with physical education requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ JROTC instructors are not certificated as teachers </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 28. <ul><ul><ul><li>Military recruiters often have direct contact with high school youth depending upon whether the school and/or school district set limitations or parameters for recruitment. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 29. Recruiters often: <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Make classroom presentations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Table monthly, weekly, daily </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Participate in career fairs, athletic events, and special events </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Have access to walk around the school and speak to individual students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 31. Why do youth enlist? <ul><ul><ul><li>キ Money for college </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Travel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Lack of jobs and options </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Get away from hostile environments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Family Tradition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ To heroically serve their country </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Discipline and physical challenge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Enlistment bonuses of $50,000 and other benefits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ To be somebody </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ For US citizenship </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 32. <ul><ul><ul><li>CAMS has a multi-tiered organizing model that addresses militarism in the schools at the local, national and international level. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 34. <ul><li>Youth protesting at Carson HS, LAUSD </li></ul>
  27. 35. CAMS local organizing efforts include: <ul><ul><ul><li>キ Adopt a School Project that identifies a point person at 50 high schools in the Los Angeles area to develop appropriate strategies. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Campaigns and actions including an Opt Out campaign, leafleting schools throughout the year, forming student peace clubs, screening DVD’s and providing alternative resources and materials. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Career Fair tabling and providing information about alternatives such as green technologies, job training and apprenticeship programs. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  28. 37. <ul><li>CAMS has a core of teachers and works closely with the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), a progressive teachers union. </li></ul>
  29. 38. <ul><ul><ul><li>CAMS has addressed military recruitment violations and improprieties to the LA Unified School District Board of Education. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CAMS has successfully worked for student privacy on the ASVAB (scores not used for military recruitment), and increased the numbers of students who chose to Opt Out by 11% from 2004 to 2007. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CAMS provides education and information to the school community and demands accountability for military recruiters and the school district in relation to military recruitment. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 40. CAMS national organizing includes: <ul><ul><ul><li>Developing a national network called NNOMY (National Network Opposed to the Militarism of Youth) www.nnomy to facilitate strengthening the counter recruitment movement in the United States. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CAMS provides workshops, resolutions and issues to the state and national teachers organizations (CFT, CTA, AFT, NEA) around militarism in the schools and alternatives. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CAMS gives direction and support to SWAN Servicewomen’s Network, and United for Peace and Justice. www. ufpj .org </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 42. <ul><ul><ul><li>CAMS addresses militarism in schools around the globe and networks with teachers who are opposing militarism in the schools. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 43. <ul><ul><ul><li>We have supported teachers in Japan who are resisting new militaristic mandates by the Tokyo Board of Education. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CAMS participates in the Tri- National Coalition to Defend public education and promotes international solidarity with teachers, workers, and students. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  33. 44. Arlene Inouye visiting an elementary school in Kurume Japan
  34. 45. <ul><ul><ul><li>For information contact us at: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>626-799-9118 </li></ul></ul></ul>