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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, […]

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November 20th, 2016

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

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE NIGHT at NYC PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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April 8th, 2015

Dear NY City Council: Don’t spend $1.5 million on Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

Friends, On Wednesday, March 25th, I gave testimony urging NY City Council members to vote to eliminate the approximately $1.5 million tax levy allocation for the the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program in 18 New York City public high schools.

Representing the Granny Peace Brigade and 22 supporting organizations, my testimony asked […]

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November 10th, 2014

Parent Teacher Conference Night – November 5, 2014

As volunteers handed out flyers to parents and students entering high schools for a meeting with teachers, the White House was deciding to send 1500 more troops to Iraq.

The information being shared with parents includes Non-Military Options for Life After High School (link) as well as Questions to Ask and Points to Consider […]

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April 1st, 2014

Parent Teacher Conference Night, March 27, 2014 – Volunteer Action Report

Military recruiters are ever ready to engage high school students. They visit schools, participate in high school career fairs, hang out in playgrounds and parks getting to know the neighborhood and the students. Dressed in camouflage fatigues or full military uniform, recruiters form a relationship, discuss enlistment and glorify their mission. It’s enticing to youth […]

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