Photo:The 2013 Caiman MRAP acquired by the San Diego Unified School District Police Department with decals rendered by an artist. San Diego Unified School District
Update, Sept. 18, 10:54 a.m.: Following complaints, the Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department announced Tuesday it will return three grenade launchers but keep an anti-mine armored vehicle and 61 M-16s it acquired through a Department of Defense program. The surplus automatic M-16 rifles were converted to semi-automatic, the department said.
Die Initiative "Hochschulen für den Frieden - Ja zur Zivilklausel" gründete sich im Mai 2011. In ihr setzen sich Gewerkschaften, Studierenden- und Wissenschafts- sowie Friedensorganisationen für zivile Hochschulen als Ort für Studien, Lehre und Forschung ein, in denen sinnvolle Beiträge zur friedlichen Lösung der Probleme und Konflikte dieser Welt geleistet werden (weitere Informationen siehe: Erklärung „Hochschulen für den Frieden - ja zur Zivilklausel“).
North Wales Armed Forces Day is this year being held in Wrexham. We are being asked to 'celebrate' and 'thank' our Armed Forces without any critical analysis of the recent conflicts they have been involved in. The event will be used by the military as a recruitment exercise, and much of this will be aimed at children.
Over 100 people have signed an open letter to Wrexham County Borough Council protesting its promotion, sponsorship and funding of this event and the use of a picture of a toddler in military gear to advertise it. The council has yet to respond.
Open letter to Wrexham County Borough Council
We note that Wrexham Council is sponsoring and promoting North Wales Armed Forces Day 2014 on Saturday 21 June, and are horrified that a picture of a toddler dressed in military uniform is being used to advertise the event.
Militaries across the world gain access to young people through education systems.
It gives them an extraordinary chance to shape every generation's perception of military violence and lay the groundwork for future recruitment.
25 - 31 October2014 sees the first international week of action for military-free education and research: a concerted effort of antimilitarist action across the world to raise awareness and challenge of the role the military have in education, and to give voice to alternatives.
Conference reaffirms existing Union policies which:
1. Call for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
2. Oppose military action or intervention in Iran.
The Global Campaign for Education have reported that over half of the children out of school are now living in countries where there are wars taking place. Conference notes with particular concern the huge refugee crisis within and beyond Iraq’s borders, one consequence of which is the impossibility of education for most learners of all ages.
As part of the work against the militarisation of the education system, several schools in Germany have refused to cooperate with the German Armed Forces and won’t tolerate appearances from them in schools.
Robert Blum Grammar School in Berlin passed the motion of “Schools Without Military” on Thursday the 24th of March 2011 with a 7:1 majority. The motion went as follows:
Robert Blum Grammar School - Schools without Armed Forces
Robert Blum Grammar School refuses to work together with the Armed Forces in regards to education. Included in this refusal is:
- Any cooperation agreements with the armed forces
- The invitation of educational officers to lessons or school activities
- The advertisement of placements in armed forces buildings
Between June 10 to 14, 2013, War Resisters International and the New Tactics community joined together to hold an online conversation on tactics for combating the militarisation of education, public spaces, vulnerable communities, entertainment and culture.
Through articles, images, survey data and interviews, Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It documents the seeds of war that are planted in the minds of young people in many different countries. However, it also explores the seeds of resistance to this militarisation that are being sown resiliently and creatively by numerous people. READ MORE