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Announcement :: Organizing : Politics
Open Meeting about the Draft and Conscientious Objector Status
12 Mar 2005
Draft and Conscientious Objector Status
Sunday, 13 March 2005
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Organizer: Youth Group of the Unitarian Church in Harvard

Open Meeting about the Draft and Conscientious Objector Status

Meeting with two representatives from the Traprock Peace Center.

Military experts and observers see a growing need for a draft, of both young men and women.

Military recruitment efforts are yielding fewer and fewer sign-ups, despite hefty cash incentives offered to recruits.

Both the Army and the Marines have not met recent recruitment quotas.

The prospect of war with Iran, or with North Korea, brings up the necessity of a draft to find sufficient soldiers to meet promised deployments.

Young people and their families ignore this threat at their peril.
The Traprock Peace Center, founded in the 1960’s to coordinate opposition to the Vietnam war, has assisted and is continuing to assist young people who oppose the war in Iraq--and any war. Engaged in a variety of peace and justice activities, the Traprock staff also has created a brand-new informational program on the complexities of draft law and C.O. status, and trained presenters to go out into the communities to spread the word.

They urge young people interested in C.O. status, to as soon as possible start a file documenting your opposition to war as follows (in their words):

1. What do you object to about war now? What is the nature of your belief--is your objection moral, philosophical, ethical or religious?
2. Where did those beliefs come from: What influenced you?
3. How are your objections to war showing up in your life?
4. Would you be willing to serve as a military medic? (Many would not, because the priority of military medicine is not to help the wounded, but to get people back to fighting and killing as efficiently as possible.)
You can find out about the Traprock Peace Center by going to On the site you can hear Frances Crowe, founder, interviewed about conscientious objection.

This program is free of charge. Traprock Peace Center hopes that several people will become a Sponsor of the effort and allow them to continue developing and making these presentations.

If you would like to come and/or want more information, or if you would like to Sponsor the event, call 978-456-3907. Please forward this email to anyone you think would be interested.

I hope we can save lives.

Harvard Unitarian Church’s Fellowship Hall, on Harvard Common, Harvard MA

Cost: free

Directions: To get to the Fellowship Building of the Harvard Unitarian Church in Harvard Center, take Route 2 (from the east or the west) to Exit 38A, with the sign that reads “Route 110/111 Harvard, Worcester“. Off the ramp, the traffic flow directs you straight toward the center of Harvard. Go a little over a mile and when you see the gas station on the left, slow down and put on your right-turn signal. In 1/4 mile, you’ll see a large white building on your right (it’s Town Hall) and turn there, immediately beyond Town Hall. You’ll be in a large parking area with the Unitarian Church on your left. Proceed a little way, and you’ll see a small road on your left. Turn left and take an almost immediate right--that’s the driveway to the Church’s Fellowship Hall. Follow it to the building and parking area.

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Re: Open Meeting about the Draft and Conscientious Objector Status
13 Mar 2005
we beat prisoners to death !!