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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.]

"We need you. What has to be done can't be done without you. You're the ones that can rescue democracy from Donald Trump and his buddies.... It's not me that's going to do that stuff that needs to be done.... I'm too old for that shit now. I'm not around for much longer, relatively.... Resisting evil takes an enormous amount of energy. And while I've got energy, I don't have the kind of energy it takes to do that kind of organizing; I've done that. I don't think there's anybody that would dispute that I've done my bit. And I obviously want to be of whatever use I can be. But I think we need some 20-year-olds to grab this thing by the scruff of the neck and go for it." (David Harris, imprisoned for resisting the draft during the U.S. war in Indochina, interviewed in 2019)

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Things you can do now to help end draft registration and prevent a draft:

  • Educate yourself about the issue. Start with our FAQ (version en espaƱol) and the leaflets, podcasts and videos, posters and graphics, and other resources on this Web site and the info available from the other organizations listed below. The time for education, organizing, and action is now. Congress will make a decision within the next year either to end draft registration and contingency planning for a draft, or to try to expand draft registration to women as well as men.
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  • Tell your friends, family, classmates, teachers, religious groups, and others. Most people, even people who care about peace and war, have no idea that this debate is happening. Share information and links to this site on social media and Web sites. When in-person meetings are possible, pass out a leaflet.
  • Organize a meeting (online or in person) with your friends, classmates, etc. The organizations listed below can help with resources to inform your group and facilitate discussion of what you can do individually and collectively to stop the draft and, by doing so, use people power to help limit war-making.
  • Invite a speaker (in person or remotely) to talk to your group, student organization, or class about the draft. Congressional debate on Selective Service, and the choices faced by young people, are is a teachable moment for discussion of peace and war, freedom and justice, personal responsibility, and feminism. What's happening with draft registration is a timely topic for high school, college, university, and law school courses in peace studies, military policy, gender, and civil liberties, as well as for student organizations, debate clubs, etc. The organizations listed below can help find appropriate speakers for your group or event.
  • Speak out! Write a letter to the editor or an article for your student or community newspaper or Web site. Post a comment online, on social media or in your blog. Post a quick #iobject #iwillresist #nodraft video stating why you oppose the draft. Let the world know that you oppose the draft and draft registration, that you will resist if drafted, and that you will support and defend others who resist.
  • Tell Congress to end draft registration, not try to expand it to women. Support H.R. 5492 or similar legislation in the Senate to end draft registration. Oppose H.R. 6415 to expand draft registration to women. Support amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to end draft registration. Here's a form you can use to send a message to your U.S. Representative and Senators. Call on Congress to hold full and fair hearings that consider H.R. 5492 to end draft registration (not just H.R. 6415 and the NCMNPS recommendations to expand draft registration to women), that hear from anti-draft and anti-war witnesses and the Department of Justice, and that consider issues of compliance, noncompliance, and enforcement (for which the NCMNPS and the DOJ have no plan or budget) of an expanded draft registration requirement.
  • Think about what you would do if you were ordered to register for the draft, or if you registered and then were ordered to report for induction into the military, and how you can be an ally to those who face this choice. Young men are making decisions every day about whether to comply with Selective Service requirements, and young women (up to age 26) may soon face the same choices. Don't wait. Be prepared! The organizations listed below can help put you in touch with draft counselors who can help you undertstand your options and decide what to do. The ultimate decision with respect to the draft -- and the wars it enables -- will not be made by Congress or the Commander-In-Chief. It will be made by those who, when they are ordered to fight, decide whether to say yes or say no.

Draft resistance and anti-draft organizations and Web sites:

  • 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 was founded in 1940 to protect the rights of Conscientious Objectors.... The time is also ripe to challenge the Selective Service registration itself.")
  • CODEPINK Women Against War
    ("CODEPINK, a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, strongly opposes expanding draft registration to women, and strongly supports ending draft registration for men, as well as ending all penalties for past failures to register.")
  • Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft
    ("COMD is an anti-militarism organization that also challenges the institution of the military, its effect on society, its budget, its role abroad and at home, and the racism, sexism and homophobia that are inherent in the armed forces and Selective Service System.")
  • Courage To Resist
    ("No recruitment. No draft. Support GI resisters. An army of None!")
  • 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.")
  • 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.")
  • 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'.")
  • National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)
    (working to resist the conscription of our tax money for war)
  • NoDraft.org
    (Information about the draft, draft registration, and draft resistance from nonregistrant and draft resistance organizer Paul Jacob.)
  • On Earth Peace
    ("On Earth Peace, 'Building Communities of Justice & Peace', helps people use the tools of active nonviolence, conflict transformation, and community building to overcome violence, oppression, and war. OEP is an agency of the Church of the Brethren, a Historic Peace Church.")
  • Resisters.info
    (This Web site of information about the draft, draft registration, and draft resistance. Based in part on material orginally published in Resistance News and by the National Resistance Committee, updated and maintained by Edward Hasbrouck.)
  • Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign
    ("Our goal is to protect kids from military recruiting.")
  • Truth in Recruitment
    ("Truth in Recruitment is a student advocacy group based in Santa Barbara, California. We work with students, families, and schools to ensure students understand the consequences of a military career and their alternative options so they can make educated choices about their future.")
  • 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.")
  • War Resisters League
    (US affiliate of WRI. "The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity.")
  • World BEYOND War
    ("World BEYOND War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.")

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