Thursday, 3 June 2004
Will There Be A Draft? What Can You Do About It?
As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq drag on year after year, military tours of duty and reserve call-ups are extended, and enlistment declines, more and more people are beginning to wonder how soon the Pentagon will run out of "volunteers", and turn to a draft.
Teenagers, their parents, and health care workers (male and female, of all ages, who will probably be the first to be drafted) are especially encouraged to come join the discussion at the "Reclaim the Commons" Convergence Center, 960 Howard Street (between 5th and 6th Streets, 2 blocks south of the Powell Street BART/MUNI Metro station).
It's sponsored by the Radical Family Collective, which is also coordinating a variety of other events at the Family Room throughout "Reclaim the Commons".
If the draft is brought back, who will be called up? Probably health care workers first, male and female, of all ages, but young men and women might eventually be drafted as well. According to one military doctor, writing in a 2004 medical journal article that appears to be an apology for the views of the Selective
Service Slavery System:
A physician draft is the most likely conscription into the military in the near future.... Currently, this ["special skills"] mission is only for health care personnel, but in the future it is forseeable it may include linguists, environmental engineers, computer specialists, and other professions."
What choices will you have if you are drafted? Can you go to Canada? Are you a conscientious objector? What if you're not? If you resist, how is the government likely to respond? What can we do if our friends, lovers, children, and comrades are drafted? How can you resist, if you have already "volunteered"?
After the U.S. military was driven out of Vietnam in 1975, the antiwar movement-- including many forms of resistance-- forced an end to the draft. When draft registration was reinstated in 1980, massive resistance and the failure of the government's attempts at intimidation through show trials of registration resistance organizers forced the government to abandon enforcement of the draft registration law, and no one has been prosecuted for draft or registration resistance since 1987. So we know that draft resistance has the power to stop the draft.
But are we prepared to resist the next attempt to bring back the draft? This workshop will attempt to start that discussion.
[Addendum, 6 June 2004: Updated links and resources including background reading, current news updates, and printable leaflets.]Link | Posted by Edward on Thursday, 3 June 2004, 08:41 ( 8:41 AM) | TrackBack (0)