12.14.2007

Friday Night Roundup

I want to give a shout out to all the awesome bloggers out there who are blogging away and networking to promote a better world, and oppose the Bush Regime. Specifically, I would like to thank everyone who participated in, or contacted me about the Truth in Recruiting Blog Burst.

First, I got a lot of support over at Buzzflash. It was published!

Then, in no particular order:

Fran

Enigma4ever

Adam Kokesh

Rick B

Sad But True

Renegade Eye

JollyRoger

Larry

And Clif, for whom I do not have a blogspot address - so no link!

Thanks a bunch everyone, enjoy the weekend!

If I've forgatten anyone, please let me know, right away!

9 comments:

Larry said...

Cliff is a regular at Lydia Cornell's blog and he visits daily on many others as well.

Renegade Eye said...

In Minneapolis the high school anti-recruitment movement is big.

RickB said...

Questions-
Have you got a specific url for the Buzzflash piece?
Are the drawings on posts your work?

I'm thinking about recruitment and I wonder what alternatives can be offered to teengers who are signing up due to lack of any other options, are any unions involved maybe?
I mean for those who have options the arguments can be made to them but if someone is desperate and has little else lined up what can we do to fight that poverty draft?

RickB said...

Feel free to ignore this, but I have tagged you in this meme chain- 7 facts about yourself.

Anok said...

Questions-
Have you got a specific url for the Buzzflash piece?

Buzzflash works a lot like threads do, when new pieces are published, the old ones go down a spot - its not like blogs where each post has an address - But the buzzflash web address is http://www.buzzflash.com/ and my story is under "progressive issues"

Are the drawings on posts your work?

Yup! Feel free to use 'em

I'm thinking about recruitment and I wonder what alternatives can be offered to teengers who are signing up due to lack of any other options, are any unions involved maybe?

Man, I don't know - but I do know that there are a lot of grants out there for underprivileged kids looking to go to college. They're listed in the local library....plus most schools will help you find funding, through the school, grants and FAFSA. My suggestion is working with neighborhood community organizations, school admin, and even unions as far as employment goes (many trades will train, once they get enough hours they become certified in that field - we need more skilled workers!)

I mean for those who have options the arguments can be made to them but if someone is desperate and has little else lined up what can we do to fight that poverty draft?

Stop poverty? Seriously though - working with community groups that offer assistance - calling on your representatives to stop poverty drafts by offering better educational programs, and and assistance programs like energy assistance etc...(not that it'll help really, as spineless as our reps are - but the thought is nice).

I'll post more when I think of it.

I'll also do the "tag" thing - when I get the chance!

Anok said...

Larry, Ren, thanks for the heads up!

Phil BC said...

I've got something to say! I've finally got round to adding you to my blogroll :D

Renegade Eye said...

I will plug your blog soon. I'm going to have my occasional plug blogs etc. thread.

Fran said...

About FAFSA- Be careful, because they require you to sign up for selective service automatically if you are 18 or older. My son filled out the form at age 17.8 & he checked the wrong box & signed up for selective service. The day your male child turns 18, that selective service notice comes in the mail.
Many anti recruitment groups suggest filling out the card w a huge red Conscientious Objector written on it, there is a whole process really, making copies, sending it certified, as, you might have guessed they do not have a box to check stating you wish to be a conscientious objector to war! They deny government college funding unless you ARE registered. (not enlisted). Will they ever have a draft again? Who knows, they sure are damned serious about the selective service registry. If you do not register, you could be prosecuted and fined up to $250,000 and/or be put in jail for up to five years. Registration is also a requirement to qualify for Federal student aid, job training benefits, and most Federal employment. It's quite awful, and like I said it can come back to bite you later, if you want to do any kind of gvmnt funded position... even social worker, teacher, things like that.
More progressive schools will allow students to have anti recruitment materials on campus....
I think just how much the parents & students press for it make the difference. It's good to get it dealt with on both the school & district levels so there is uniformity of not letting recruiters run amuck in schools preying on innocent kids just going to school.

Thanks for the plug re the blog.