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February 1st, 2018

JROTC, Discipline and Children Playing Soldier

Is it good for to children dress up like soldiers and march around with mock rifles? Should they be doing this in our schools?

We say no, but some say yes.

Wednesday, January 31 – Seven of us were outside New York City Council offices asking Council Members to stop allotting 1.5 million of our […]

December 4th, 2017

STUDENTS NOT SOLDIERS – Grannies Hit the Streets

Last month, the Granny Peace Brigade walked up 5th Avenue with Vets for Peace in the Veterans Day commemorations. As usual, we were virtually at the end, followed by high schoolers, both boys and girls, proudly marching in proper soldier form, from various J-ROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training) groups In the city. Teens marching […]

November 12th, 2017

Students not Soldiers – Parent Teacher Conference Night Action 11-09-2017

Volunteer activists and parents attending Parent Teacher Conference night met briefly in front of 12 NYC public high schools. Parents were at the school for a scheduled conference with their child’s teacher, and volunteers were distributing 2 flyers providing anti-military educational information. Parents accepted the flyers with much appreciation.

Questions to Ask – Points to […]

March 31st, 2017

NYC Parent Teacher Conference Night – Spring 2017

NYC Parent Teacher Conference Night provides an opportunity to bring non-military alternatives and educational opportunities to families. On the evening of March 23, 2017, volunteers were at 11 high schools handing out 2 flyers to parents as they arrived to meet with their child’s teachers. Flyer information includes websites for colleges, training programs, community service, […]

November 20th, 2016

November 17, 2016 – Granny Peace Brigade Counter-Recruitment Action


On Parent-Teacher Conference night volunteers went to high schools throughout the 5 boroughs. Distributing flyers in front of a high school building for more than an hour to parents and students who are rushing into the school to meet with teachers may not seem like an upbeat […]

August 30th, 2016

Ms Gizmo at the East Harlem Youth Fair

Thursday, July 21st the granny Peace Brigade brought our Fund School Educational Programs message to the East Harlem Youth Fair. Our table attracted 74 gamers, mostly students, to participate in the Ms. Gizmo Penny Poll. They were asked to considered the programs they would like to see in their schools, by distributing the 20 pennies […]

May 13th, 2016

Let’s Plug the School-to-Military Pipeline

These Grannies Are Helping to Plug the School-to-Military Pipeline at Its Source

When teachers are underpaid and schools are underserved, why do we pay veterans to encourage young students to join the military? By Joyce Chu May 11, 2016

On a Wednesday afternoon last month, a group of gray-haired women with canes and Styrofoam guns […]

April 14th, 2016

“Get JROTC out of Schools” – Demo at 65 Court St

Photo: Danya Abt

Corinne, Joan, Nydia, Betty, Eva-Lee, Barbara H, Carol and Ryoko outside the NYC Board of Education offices at 65 Court Street in Brooklyn. Our message — tell City Council to get the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps out of NYC high schools. Read more about JROTC: A Recruitment Tool In 18 […]

March 11th, 2016

Parent Teacher Conference Night at NYC High Schools, March 10, 2016 – Countering Military Recruitment

In our ongoing effort to protect students from the influence of military recruiters in high schools, volunteers were at 10 schools to greet parents as they arrived and provide them with 2 flyers addressing Non-Military Options for Students after HS and Questions to Ask Recruiters who may be talking to their child. This direct action […]

December 11th, 2015

Students’ Privacy Extends to Military-Recruitment Tools

To the Editor of Education Week:

In New York state, a network of parents and other activists led by the New York City-based nonprofit Class Size Matters were instrumental in quashing a plan by the now-closed education technology vendor inBloom to warehouse student information. Leonie Haimson, the founder and executive director of Class Size Matters, […]