Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Education Not Arms Coalition going strong

Rick Jahnkow of the Project on Youth and Nonmilitary Opportunities (Project YANO) and the Education Not Arms Coalition in San Diego sends this update on their campaign challenging the JROTC programs in area high schools:

With support from parents, teachers and community activists, students have been waging the campaign at their own schools and repeatedly attending school board meetings to testify and protest. Above is a photo taken June 10, at the last school board meeting before summer break. Students who spoke to the board promised that they would continue to come back until the district changed its policies.

As a result of petition gathering (2000 signatures), these protests, and growing media coverage, in May the school district ordered its personnel to stop talking to the media about the JROTC controversy. It also launched an investigation into the claims of involuntary placement of students in military science courses. The district's new school superintendent has recently stated publicly that he personally opposes gun ranges in schools, and he's promised that involuntary enrollment in JROTC will not be tolerated.

The Education Not Arms Coalition (ENAC) will continue organizing until we see what concrete action the district takes in response to our demands.

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