Debra Sweet | Thursday September 7, 2023
Stephanie Rugoff, Coordinator, WeAreNotYourSoldiers.org
As the autumn semester begins, We Are Not Your Soldiers is ready to set up a time with teachers and professors to visit classes and engage in dialog with students during this 2023-24 school year. Our speakers, all veterans of the U.S. armed forces are prepared to share their experiences and knowledge and answer questions from the students. The need to stop U.S. aggressive militarism and wars against peoples around the world remains urgent.
While openly sharing experiences of time in the military is very difficult, the presenters feel an urgency to do so as that is not what is done by recruiters. It’s important as well for young people who are not considering enlisting but who are unaware of U.S. military history or entanglements as is the case in most of society in this country. Students need to know realistically what they may face if they join up, not a glossed-over picture that ignores the traumatization which often starts right in boot camp and, if the recruit goes on to active duty, can lead to facing a life-time dealing with guilt. Issues of morality are raised when considering what it means to live in a country with 800 bases located around the world. What does that mean for the interests of humanity and our planet?
We will be doing a mix of in-person and remote visits depending on the location. We can go literally anywhere remotely. Get in touch to see if you’re in an area where we can have a direct appearance.
Contact us as soon as possible so we can get your class/es on our schedule. If you desire, we will work with you to prepare for the visit and/or to follow up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 347-581-2677 or message us on Facebook. If you are not involved in education yourself, please be sure to share this information with a friend or family member who is.
We Are Not Your Soldiers Speakers:
Dean Feinman, Joe Urgo, John Burns, Joy Damiani, Lyle Rubin, Miguel Gabriel Vazquez, Miles Megaciph, Rosa del Duca and Will Griffin
…And, in case you missed it, please listen to the podcast or watch the video of the Aug. 15, 2023 interview on Talk World Radio of Debra Sweet and Miles Megaciph about We Are Not Your Soldiers and our work to further reduce military recruitment.
With your help we can reach more schools and more students.