From: Sophie Lapaire <email@example.com>
March 19, 2004
I rarely send a mail to a large audience, but the possibility
of mandatory drafting for boys and girls (age 18-26) starting June 15 2005,
is something, I
believe, everyone should know. This litteraly affects EVERYONE since we
all have or know children that will have to go if this bill passes.
If there are children in your family, READ this.
There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin
bills: S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the
draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004 presidential
election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed
now, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on
this is needed immediately. Details and links follow.
Even those voters who currently support us. Actions abroad
may still object to this move, knowing their own children or grandchildren
will not have a say about whether to fight. Not that it should make a difference,
but this plan, among other things, eliminates higher education as a shelter
and includes women in the draft
Also, crossing into canada has already been made very difficult.
Actions, actions, actions:
P please send this on to all the parents and teachers you know, and all
the aunts and uncles, grandparents, godparents.... And let your children
know -- it's their future, and theycan be a powerful voice for change!
Please also write to your representatives to ask them why
they aren't telling their constituents about these bills -- and write to
newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering
this important story.
$28 million has been added to the 2004 selective service system
(sss) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as
15, 2005. Selective Service must report to Bush on March 31,
2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation.
Please see website: www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html
to view the sss annual performance plan - fiscal year 2004.
The pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all
10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide..
Though this is an unpopular election year topic, military experts and influential
members of congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long,
hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on
"terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but
Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward this
the Universal National Service Act of 2003, "to provide for the common
defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18--26] in the United States,
including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian
service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and
for other purposes." These active bills currently sit in the committee
on armed services.
Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the
Vietnam era. College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada
and the U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which could
be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's minister of
affairs, John Manley, and U.S. Homeland Security director, Tom Ridge, the
declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other
things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing
each country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender
and class lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen
would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester.
Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.
WHAT TO DO:
- Tell all your friends
- Call the Mercury News (Newsdesk) 408-920-5000
-E-mail the SF Chronicle at: Tbyrne@sfchronicle.com
- Contact your Senators and tell them to oppose these bills.
Barbara Boxer: 415-403-0100
Diane Feinstein: 415/393-0707
Anna Eshoo: 202/225-8104
Nancy Pelosi: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the full list of representatives (53) and websites, go
We just can't sit and pretend that by ignoring it, it will
go away. We must voice our concerns and create the world we want to live
our children and their children's children.
All information posted on this web site is
the opinion of the author and is provided for educational purposes only.
It is not to be construed as medical advice. Only a licensed medical doctor
can legally offer medical advice in the United States. Consult the healer
of your choice for medical care and advice.