Friday, 6 April 2018

Hearing on the draft & draft registration, Thursday, April 19th in Denver

The “National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service” has “announced that the second of its open-mike public hearings throughout the US on whether registration for a military draft should be ended or extended will be in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, April 19th, from 3-5 p.m.:

Open-Mike Public Hearing
National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 3-5 p.m. (doors open at 2:30; members of the War Resisters League and other witnesses will be available for interviews outside the City Park entrance to the Museum at 2 p.m.)

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Schlessman Lobby, Entrance 5 (West side of the Museum facing City Park)
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Matt Nicodemus (phone 720-979-9967) in Boulder is organizing local folks to attend the Denver hearing. Please let Matt know if you plan to attend or can help with local activities. Some readers of this blog will remember Matt’s public refusal to register for the draft in 1980, and his work as an organizer with the National Resistance Committee and as co-editor of Resistance News.

At the Commission’s first hearing, in Harrisburg, PA, on February 23rd, each witness was allowed 2 minutes to speak. Time limits weren’t strictly enforced, but might be reduced depending on how many people show up.

If you want to say more, or you can’t make it to Denver on April 19th, you can “submit written comments to the Commission through April 19th, or possibly later. [Update: The Commission has extended the deadline for submission of written comments through 30 September 2018.]

The Commission has said it plans to hold more hearings including at least one in in each of the nine US Census regions. [Update: See the schedule of approximate dates and locations through September 2018. Look for any announcements by the Commission of details of hearings “here on the Commission’s Web site.]

Longer written submissions can be sent to either or, mentioning “Docket No. 05-2018-0” in the subject line of the e-mail message.

This is your chance to tell the Commission what you think about the draft, draft registration, and/or compulsory national “service”.

Denver is an apt site for one of the Commission’s first hearings. As recently as 2016, the Denver Post editorialized, “It’s time to abolish the Selective Service and end the draft”. Two Denver-area members of Congress, Jared Polis (D-Boulder) and Mike Coffman (R-Aurora), sponsored a bill to end draft registration and abolish the Selective Service System. That bill never made it to a floor vote, and died at the end of the 2015-2016 session of Congress. But this bill, or a similar one, could and should be reintroduced, and the Commission could and should recommend that legislation along these lines be enacted.

Follow-up: Testimony and reports from the hearing in Denver

Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 6 April 2018, 15:35 ( 3:35 PM)

Reports from and about the hearing:

"Public Comment at National Commission Hearings Denounces Draft" (The Nation Report):

"Commentary by Edward Hasbrouck and Matt Nicodemus: What Should Be Done About Selective Service?" (The Nation Report):

"Commentary by Paul Jacob: Leave Those Kids Alone" (This Is Common Sense):

"Public Hearing on the Future of the Military Draft Held in Denver" (KGNU Radio):

Posted by: Edward Hasbrouck, 20 April 2018, 12:18 (12:18 PM)
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