Elkhart Camp Casey

A Nonviolent Campaign to End the War in Iraq

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Thursday, December 8

Very cold again! This was press release day for the witness at the military recruiters Friday, December 9. We sent it out to TV, radio, and print media and then did telephone call-backs to highlight the event.

We also sent out a letter to the editor of the Elkhart Truth that details our learning about the response of Concord, Elkhart Memorial, and Elkhart Central high schools to the clause in the "No Child Left Behind Act" that grants youth the privilege to refuse to give their contact information to military recruiters. With about 5,000 students in the three schools, only about ten students have "opted out." This appears to be primarily because there has been little or no attention in the school systems to this right. A few parents and students have taken the initiative to download the form from the web (www.leavemychildalone.org) to get it into schools. Churches and parents should be encouraging students to organize in the schools.

Camp Casey contacted lawyers to check our legal right to enter a private building to talk with recruiters. The opinion from two lawyers is that in the mix of property rights and freedom of speech, if there is no constraint against other leasees by the activists, the right to free speech trumps property rights.

Camp Casey had a house meeting at Sam and Arleta Yoder's with 13 of us driving through the deep snow. It was stimulating evening because there were a variety of perspectives on Iraq.

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