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Articles from Draft NOtices, April-June 2016

It Is Time to Abolish Draft Registration and Restore Full Rights to People of Conscience

—Bill Galvin and Maria Santelli, Center on Conscience & War

With the combat restriction for women in the U.S. Armed Forces now lifted, discussion of draft registration is back in the news, the courts, and the halls of Congress. But the problems with Selective Service System (SSS) registration go much deeper than gender equality. There is little political interest in bringing back the draft. Yet draft registration remains a burden upon our nation’s young men -- and now, potentially our young women, as well. -Full Article

Water Crises, Environmental Racism and the U.S. Department of Defense

— Jesus D. Mendez Carbajal

In March 1977 the United Nations deemed water an essential human right, stating that “All peoples, whatever their stage of development and social and economic conditions, have the right to have access to drinking water in quantities and of a quality equal to their basic needs.” This is rightly concluded given that the human body is made up of 60-70% water, and lack of access to potable and clean water is potentially life-threatening.-Full Article

Counter Recruiting at Educational Conventions

— Kathy Barker

As many counter-recruitment groups do, Washington Truth in Recruiting (WaTiR) has participated in dozens of tabling events. Usually these are local, and we are invited because of contacts we have made within the schools or peace communities. School career fairs, state PTA meetings, local school counselor meetings, National Lawyers Guild meetings, LBGT meetings, church meetings, Democratic State conventions, antiwar meetings -- we table and present anywhere we can, sometimes through the invitation of allies..-Full Article


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