Alliance for Democracy

Rally against STARBASE military recruitment in elementary schools‏

Posted in military-industrial complex, Portland Public Schools by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on March 3, 2010

Let’s say No to corporate domination, no to the military/industrial/congressional and media complex and No to military recruitment in our grade schools. Certainly one of the most, if not the most, powerful corporate power center is the industrial/military/congressional and media complex and it results in most extreme undemocratic impulses in the US.

They have invaded our high school and colleges with their military recruitment (they used to say that the only way for “homosexuals” to get new “members” was for them to recruit.  The truthful statement would substitute military for gay).  Now they are want to continue going after the youngest members of our communities.

So here from the Portland Public Schools website is info on how to testify at the meeting and there is an email address which might be good one to write the board.

Public Involvement
The public is invited to attend the public Board meetings to gain a better understanding of school district business and the role of the School Board.  The public is also invited to address the Board during the public input portion of the regular monthly Board meetings.  Individuals interested in addressing the Board should arrive a few minutes prior to the scheduled meetings and place their name on the sign-in sheet.
For more information, please contact:
Lynda Rose, Board Office Senior Manager, 503-916-3904.  Email: lrose@pps.k12.or.us

and here is the web address for the school board members with email addresses so you can write them directly.  Be sure to include your name and street address so they know you live in Portland.

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter, 503.232.5495


RALLY AGAINST STARBASE MILITARY RECRUITMENT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Monday March 8th – 6:00 pm
BESC Building  501 North Dixon
(2 blocks from the east end of Broadway Bridge)
News Conference at 6:00 pm followed by rally/Board meeting inside at 6:30pm

At their regular March 8 meeting, the PPS Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a $320,000 revenue contract for STARBASE, a 25 hour “educational” program funded out of the Department of Defense recruitment budget. Elementary school students in the Starbase program get 25 hours of so-called science, math and technology instruction at local military bases. Portland Public Schools has participated in STARBASE since 1993.

OPPOSITION GROWS
A growing number of Portland parents and community members strongly oppose the Starbase program.  Communities Against Starbase Education (CASE)  urges the Board to vote down this contract.  Please join us at this rally to expose and oppose the STARBASE program that is a recruitment tool for the military that heavily targets low income youth and violates PPS policies. After some of us will go inside to testify at the Board meeting.

Safety
Military bases are not designed for children, they are not playgrounds or classrooms.
Military bases, including our local Armory, store toxic materials and jet fuels. We are a country at war, military bases are not safe places for civilians, especially children, during wartime.

STARBASE targets Black, Brown and poor youth
Of the 18 schools now participating in this program all but four are Title 1 schools. All but three have high percentages of minority students, and all but four have high poverty rates.

Violence
Violence is an ongoing problem in our public schools and culture at large. Exposing our young children to exciting, high tech, high powered, weapons will not help in our struggle to move toward a more tolerant and peaceful society.

Violation of PPS Policies
PPS has a zero tolerance for weapons and recently suspended a third grader for bringing a four inch plastic gun to school. Sending children to a military base clearly violates that policy and sends a hypocritical message to our students.

The military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans people violates the PPS non-discrimination policy that says “there will be no discrimination of individuals…based on sexual orientation in any educational programs…”

Endorsed by: Communities Against Starbase in Education,  Jobs with Justice, Whitefeather Peace House, Students United for Nonviolence, and the Oregon Peace Institute

Please contact us if you or your group wants to endorse this or if you would like to speak at the rally.

Email: no2starbase@mail.com

Details:
http://PPSequity.org
Follow us on Twitter at No2Starbase
Join us on Facebook: CASE
Communities for Alternatives to Starbase Education

BACKGROUND
PPS Non-discrimination policy
“Portland Public Schools recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society. It is the policy of the Portland Public School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.”

PPS Weapons Policy
http://www.pps.k12.or.us/directives-c/pol-reg/3/40/014_P.pdf
No person except a Peace Officer shall have or enable another to have a
weapon [or replica of a weapon] on district property

Military’s statement on school recruiting

  • According to the US Military Army Recruiting Command Handbook on school recruiting:

” School recruiting is critical to both short term and long-term recruiting success. Remember, first to contact, first to contract… that doesn’t just mean seniors or grad; it means having the Army perceived as a positive career choice as soon as young people begin to think about the future. If you wait until they’re seniors, it’s probably too late.” Page 3

www.usarec.army.mil/im/formpub/REC_PUBS/p350_13.pdf

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