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Links about the Draft, Draft Registration, and Draft Resistance

Don't Register for War.

Other links and resources about the draft, draft registration, and draft resistance:

  1. Draft registration and the possibility of a general draft
  2. Women, the draft, and draft registration
  3. The medical draft ("Health Care Personnel Delivery System")
  4. Financial aid for nonregistrants
  5. Background on "Selective Service", draft registration, and draft resistance since 1980
  6. Statistics on draft registration, resistance, compliance, and enforcement since 1980
  7. Resistance within the military and by veterans and military families
  8. USA war resisters in Canada and other countries
  9. Resistance to military recruiting
  10. Outsourcing and privatizing war to mercenaries and contractors
  11. Other draft resistance and anti-draft organizations, Web sites, and events
  12. U.S. Supreme Court decisions on draft registration since 1980
  13. Other pending lawsuits related to draft registration
  14. Proposed state and Federal legislation related to draft registration
  • Resistance within the military and by veterans and military families

  • USA war resisters in Canada and other countries

  • Resistance to military recruiting

  • Outsourcing and privatizing war to mercenaries and contractors

  • Other draft resistance and anti-draft organizations, Web sites, and events

    Mobilization Against the Draft
    [Front ranks of the West Coast mobilization against draft registration on Market St. in San Francisco, 22 March 1980. Photo by Chris Booth for Resistance News.]

    • War Resisters League
      ("The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity.")
    • War Resisters' International
      ("War Resisters' International exists to promote nonviolent action against the causes of war, and to support and connect people around the world who refuse to take part in war or the preparation of war.")
    • CourageToResist.org
      ("No recruitment. No draft. Support GI resisters. An army of None!")
    • National Lawyers Guild - Military Law Task Force
      ("The MLTF will use every resource available to us to defend the rights of those who refuse to participate in war.")
    • Friends Committee on National Legislation
      ("FCNL advocates for an end to compulsory registration for Selective Service, for an end to all civil and criminal sanctions (such as denying federal education grants or drivers licenses to those who do not register for the draft), and for the repeal of the Selective Service Act.")
    • Center on Conscience and War
      ("The draft has met with serious resistance from communities of faith and people of conscience throughout its history. The Center on Conscience & War (CCW) was founded in 1940 to protect the rights of Conscientious Objectors.... The time is also ripe to challenge the Selective Service registration itself.")
    • National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)
      (working to resist the conscription of our tax money for war)
    • National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)
      ("Draft registration is one of the ways that all young men -- and possibly soon young women as well -- have to interact with the military and think about their relationship to military 'service'.")
  • U.S. Supreme Court decisions on draft registration since 1980

    • Rostker v. Goldberg, 453 U.S. 57 (1981)
      (upholding the Constitutionality of requiring men but not women to register for the draft)
    • Selective Service v. Minnesota Public Internet Research Group (MPIRG), 468 U.S. 841 (1984)
      (upholding the Constitutionality of the first of the Federal "Solomon Amendment" laws, which requires applicants for Federal student aid to certify that they have complied with draft registration, either by having registered or by not being required to register)
    • Wayte v. United States, 470 U.S. 598 (1985)
      (upholding the policies and procedures which the Supreme Court thought the government had used to select the "most vocal" nonregistrants for prosecution, after the government refused to comply with discovery orders by the trial court to produce documents and witnesses related to the selection of nonregistrants for prosecution. Don't rely on this decision as an accurate statement of the actual prosecution practices. See the dissent for why the factual record was incomplete, and the case was decided prematurely and on the wrong issues.)
    • Elgin et al. v. U.S. Treasury et al., 567 U.S. ____ (2012)
      Complaint CA No. 07-12391-DPW, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, decided 26 January 2009; reversed 11 March 2010 on reconsideration by the District Court; reversed and remanded 8 April 2011 by the First Circuit Court of Appeals; Circuit Court decision affirmed by the Supreme Court, 11 June 2012. The District Court initially found that the "Solomon Amendment" is an unconstitutional "bill of attainder" as applied to men who are denied Federal jobs for life because they didn't register for the draft, but who are now age 26 or over and thus too old to be allowed to register. On reconsideration, the District Court reversed itself and dismissed the compliant "without prejudice", and thta dismissal was upheld by the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The dismissal was on purely jurisdictional and procedure grounds, and neither the Court of Appeals nor the Supreme Court reached the constitutionality of the law. Both the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court (and the government, in its arguments to the Supreme Court) explicitly left the plaintiffs free to pursue administrative remedies and, eventually, if those are denied, a renewed Circuit Court appeal through a different procedural mechanism.)
  • Other lawsuits related to draft registration

  • Current and recent proposed state and Federal legislation related to draft registration


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