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

Parent Teacher Conference Night Action – March 26, 2015

Concerned about military recruiters in and around NYC high schools and the lack of information to counter this military outreach, the Granny Peace Brigade and supporting volunteers have been addressing this issue since 2007. March 26, 2015, Parent Teacher Conference night, volunteers were at 10 high schools providing non-military informational flyers to parents and students.  … Continue reading Parent Teacher Conference Night Action – March 26, 2015

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 Before … Continue reading Parent Teacher Conference Night – November 5, 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 … Continue reading Parent Teacher Conference Night, March 27, 2014 – Volunteer Action Report

Junior Reserve Officer Training in 18 NYC High Schools

New York City's budget will come up for a vote this spring, and buried in its pages will be $2 million to fund the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) military programs at 18 NYC high schools, listed below. JROTC is a program developed by the Department of Defense under the banner of citizenship and … Continue reading Junior Reserve Officer Training in 18 NYC High Schools

Parent Teacher Conference Night at NYC High Schools – Countering Military Recruitment

Thursday evening, March 14th was very cold and windy.  With intent and warm clothing, volunteers  were at High Schools in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx & Staten Island to meet parents and students on their way to parent teacher conferences. (Click on photo for a larger image.) Once again, with flyers in hand and a quick … Continue reading Parent Teacher Conference Night at NYC High Schools – Countering Military Recruitment

Parent Teacher Conference Night at NYC High Schools – March 29, 2012

The Dept. of Defense has begun its $5 million summer advertising campaign to entice youth to enlist. Social media, YouTube, Facebook, and video games will carry promotions for enlistment. To counter the military recruitment message, volunteers were at 12 high schools in 4 boroughs armed with flyers and a commitment to promote an alternative message. … Continue reading Parent Teacher Conference Night at NYC High Schools – March 29, 2012

The Granny Peace Brigade Goes to College

It’s often asked by peace activist organizations – "Where are the young people? Why aren’t they speaking out for peace and justice?" Responding to an invitation from Adelphi University Professor Deborah Little, five members of the Granny Peace Brigade traveled to the University and met with students from the Women, Peace and Justice Project seminar. … Continue reading The Granny Peace Brigade Goes to College