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38 J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare 79 (2011)
Just Say No: Organizing against Militarism in Public Schools

handle is hein.journals/jrlsasw38 and id is 277 raw text is: Just say No: Organizing Against
Militarism in Public Schools
Scorr HARDING
School of Social Work
University of Connecticut
SETH KERSHNER
Simmons College
In an effort to counteract the growing militarization of schools, mili-
tary counter-recruitment (CR) has emerged as an effective grassroots
movement across the United States. Led by a small number of local
activists, CR utilizes community organizing methods to confront the
structures supporting military enlistment as a viable career option.
Despite operating with limited resources, counter-recruitment has
secured key legal and policy victories that challenge the dominant
social narrative about military service. Three examples of counter-
recruitment are profiled to illustrate the different tactics and strate-
gies used for successful organizing within a culture of militarism.
Key words: militarization of schools, counter-recruitment, com-
munity organizing, tactics, strategies, militarism
At a time of heightened militarism and involvement in
long-term wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are few overt
signs of an active and successful peace movement in the
United States. Despite significant opposition to the invasion
of Iraq and public apprehension over expanding the war in
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, June 2011, Volume XXXVIII, Number 2
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