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New Initiative Seeks to End JROTC Programs to ‘Counter the Dangerous Nature of Conservatism and Militarism in Public Schools’


By Danette Clark

In an effort to remove anything and everything resembling patriotism and military-style discipline and teamwork from public schools, a new initiative has been launched that specifically targets JROTC, Starbase, Young Marines, and several other voluntary school programs.

“A National Call: Save Civilian Public Education”, launched late last year, is the effort of several progressive organizations to “confront the conservative, corporate, and military influences in our educational system” and to counter their “dangerous nature.”

From the website, SaveCivilianEducation.org:

The signers of this statement believe it is urgent for all advocates of social justice, peace and the environment to recognize the dangerous nature of this problem and confront it with deliberate action.

The most aggressive outside effort to use the school system to teach an ideology with ominous long-term implications for society comes from the military establishment.

On the site’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” page, a call is made to others to join their efforts:

Progressive individuals, organizations, foundations and media all have important roles to play in confronting the conservative, corporate and military influences in our educational system.

To that end, the initiative provides a list of “ideas for action,” which includes speakers pools to address youth groups, classrooms and youth conferences, and the support of outreach and educational initiatives that “teach progressive values to young people.”

“Organizations supporting efforts to introduce history and civics lessons from a progressive perspective” are also recommended. Among those are Communist Howard Zinn’s Zinn Education Project and Rethinking Schools, an organization whose curriculum editor, Bill Bigelow, admits that he wants to “tell students that they shouldn’t necessarily trust the ‘authorities,’” and says that he sees “teaching as a political action… to equip students to build a truly democratic society.”

Bigelow, an endorser of the Save Civilian Education initiative, also teaches that George Washington was not a hero, but a war criminal.

One particular Rethinking Schools resource, Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, was banned from Tucson, Arizona classrooms because it was found to be extremely hostile toward whites and depicted America, in general, as a racist and oppressive nation.

Other endorsers of the initiative are Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink co-founder Madea Benjamin, former California Senator and former Weather Underground Organization leader Tom Hayden, and far left MIT professor Noam Chomsky, all of whom have partnered for years in their anti-U.S. military efforts.

Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is a Communist-led anti-war organization that continually works to increase its presence in public school classrooms.

Both IVAW and Code Pink partner with some of the most radical anti-Israel organizations in the world, like Al-Awda, for example, an organization that denies Israel’s right to exist.

IVAW speakers have been known to show graphic war images to students while blaming U.S. soldiers for murdering innocent civilians.

For example, as recently reported, U.S. military veteran and IVAW member Ethan McCord can be seen in a video telling high school students that U.S. soldiers are trained from day one to dehumanize the enemy and also “to dehumanize civilians here at home”. Later in the video, McCord refers to military recruiters as pimps and the army as their whore.

In a 2011 resolution on Palestine, IVAW described the United States’ military support of Israel as a “coordinated strategy to dominate the Middle East.”

Another endorser of the initiative, Countering the Militarisation of Youth, says they oppose any U.S. military presence and influence in education as well as in social media, entertainment, fashion, and even public events such as parades and memorials.

The group says their work is “breaking the cycle of teaching violence to young people”, yet ironically, they partner with groups like the Muslim Students Association, an organization founded by the jihadi terrorist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Save Civilian Education claims that some military programs sneak into schools under the cloak of STEM education, and therefore, calls for an end to those as well.

Also a ‘threat’, they say, are lesson plans and coloring books created by tea party groups that “teach a conservative interpretation of the Constitution, where the federal government is a creeping and unwelcome presence in the lives of freedom-loving Americans.”

According to the group, the problem with this kind of curriculum and with programs like JROTC, Young Marines, and Starbase, is that they have the “effect of popularizing military values, soldiering and, ultimately, war.”

JROTC is a voluntary program that says it exists to teach students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity, while preparing them for college and to be leaders in a diverse workforce.

The JROTC curriculum includes “education in citizenship, leadership, social and communication skills, physical fitness and wellness, geography, and civics.”

Starbase, also a voluntary program, says its mission is to expose the nation’s youth to the “technological environments and positive civilian and military role models found on Active, Guard, and Reserve military bases and installations, nurture a winning network of collaborators, and build mutual loyalty within communities…”

Through the Starbase program, students can “study Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s principle; explore nanotechnology, navigation and mapping” and “use the computer to design space stations, all-terrain vehicles, and submersibles.”

The Starbase website says the program seeks to “motivate students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)” and “serves students that are historically under-represented in STEM, such as those who live in inner cities or rural locations, are socio-economically disadvantaged, low in academic performance or have a disability.”


Communist-led anti-war organization targets highschoolers to ‘counter-recruit’ them


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Several schools are giving radical anti-war organizations access to their classrooms.

One such organization is The World Can’t Wait, an anti-war organization started by Charles Clark Kissinger, a former Students for a Democratic Society member and longtime leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

The World Can’t Wait’s counter-recruiting program, We Are Not Your Soldiers (WANYS), visits high school classes to, as they claim, “tell the truth about the wars and why the military is really recruiting.”

The program brings veterans, often members of Iraqi Veterans Against the War (IVAW), to talk to students about “their on-the-ground experiences in occupying countries, where civilians pay the price…”

IVAW is an equally radical anti-American organization that, in a 2011 resolution on Palestine, described the United States’ military support of Israel as a “coordinated strategy to dominate the Middle East.”

According to The World Can’t Wait’s website, as part of its WANYS program, IVAW members visited several schools across the country during the 2012-2013 school year, often showing students the video, Collateral Murder, and then engaging them in conversations about it.

Collateral Murder is a video of two U.S. Apache helicopters firing on a group of men in Baghdad in 2007. The video was obtained, given the name Collateral Murder, and released in 2010 by Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.

The problem with the video is that, shortly after it was released, it was proven to have been edited. Yet two to three years later, the video is being shown to students by The World Can’t Wait and IVAW?

As evidenced from this video of U.S. military veteran Ethan McCord narrating Collateral Murder, it appears that even the most bloody and graphic images taken from the strike are being shown to students. In the first minute of the video, McCord says that U.S. soldiers are trained from day one to dehumanize the enemy and also “to dehumanize civilians here at home”. Later in the video, he says he encourages students to push military recruiters out when they visit schools, and then goes on to refer to military recruiters as pimps and the army as their whore.

Collateral Murder was edited to make it look like U.S. military may have fired on civilians without cause. However, removed from at least one version of the video released by WikiLeaks were crucial minutes revealing discussions of hostile gunfire and the presence of at least one AK-47 and RPG in the hands of the insurgents.

Also likely not mentioned to students being shown this video is the fact that, according to military reports, U.S. forces had been engaged in combat all day with individuals fitting the description of the men fired upon. In fact, the U.S. helicopters that executed the strike were called to the scene by ground forces for that very reason.

The World Can’t Wait is now led by Debra Sweet, an activist pushing for the closing of Guantanamo, or as Sweet calls it, “the illegal torture camp.”

In a speech delivered at an event held at All Souls Church in New York City earlier this year, Sweet accused the United States of imprisoning, torturing and secretly killing people in “Bagram, Afghanistan, and black sites around the world”, and said that Guantanamo was opened because “the U.S. needed a place to openly defy international norms.”

She also claimed that most of Guantanamo’s 800 prisoners are pilgrims, farmers, and would-be fighters that the U.S. government bribed warlords to turn in.

Later in that same speech, Sweet tells the story of a class of students in Chicago that her organization visited to discuss Guantanamo. When the teacher asked students why they thought George Bush set up Guantanamo, a child in the class raised his hand and said, “LYNCHING.”

When the teacher asked the student why he made that comparison, Sweet said he answered, “When Black people were lynched in the South, it wasn’t so much what any one person had done. Lynching was done to terrorize everyone and keep the system of Jim Crow in place.”

Sweet went on to say of that student:

So from that wise young man, himself living in the epicenter of mass incarceration, with the U.S. being Jailer #1, we get the essence: Guantánamo the prison camp was intended not just to imprison captives but to send a message to the entire world that the U.S. could do whatever it wants to whomever it wants. 

Even more shocking is another tidbit from The World Can’t Wait website wherein they provide an edited transcript of a talk given by Sunsara Taylor at an anti-war event in Denver.

Taylor, whom The World Can’t Wait refers to as one of several “prominent representatives of the movements against the war,” had this to say:

I’m a supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party and I am very proud to say that the Revolutionary Communist Party just published its new Constitution. We communists don’t just want to criticize. We want state power. We know we could run things far better if we had state power in our hands. I invite people to get your hands on this and engage this. We need a radical solution. We need a new world. We need socialism. We need communism.

The World Can’t Wait and IVAW are dangerous and deceitful organizations, and they say they are ready to visit your child’s school or classroom this year.

Anti-war Organization Sets Its Sights on Israel

By Danette Clark    August 22, 2011

Last week, Aaron Klein reported that the anti-war organization, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), recently aided in the petition for conscientious objector status of Pfc. Naser Abdo, the Muslim solder who was arrested earlier this month when he was found with explosives that he admits were to be used in an attack on Fort Hood soldiers.

IVAW was founded in 2004 and has since partnered with a slew of radical organizations like CODEPINK, Courage to Resist, and Students for a Democratic Society. All are known for spreading anti-war propaganda and for being cracker-jack agitators.

Apparently, the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars aren’t enough to keep the IVAW busy. Earlier this month, the 2011 IVAW Conference took place whereby a “Resolution on Palestine” was voted on and passed by board members.

The resolution decries Israel’s “brutal, apartheid occupation on the Palestinian people” and calls for an end to U.S. aid to Israel and to “the colonial occupation of Palestine as well as Iraq and Afghanistan…”.

IVAW has a long history of blaming the United States (and the rich) for anything and everything, so it should be no surprise that their newly-adopted resolution describes U.S. military support of Israel as part of a coordinated strategy to dominate the Middle East.

IVAW has endorsed and participated in protests along side anti-Israel organizations such as the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition and Al-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

A.N.S.W.E.R. works closely with the Muslim American Society on several campaigns.

According to Steven Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Muslim American Society is a “de facto arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.,” whose agenda is to impose Islamic law in America and to undermine our counter-terrorism policies.

Al-Awda denies Israel’s right to exist as evidenced by protest signs printed and distributed in their name that read “FREE PALESTINE FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA”.

This language obviously supports a long-standing threat and desire of some to drive Israel into the sea.

Former Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, said in a 2006 interview, “Palestine means Palestine in it’s entirety – from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river… We cannot give up a single inch of it… Why should we recognize…. Israel’s right to exist?”