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Veterans for Peace Info table for Upcoming Military Draft 2005

Veterans for Peace post 5888 are currently running an informational table in front of the Vets Hall in downtown Santa Cruz to bring awareness to twin bills S. 89 & H.R.163 quietly pending legislation to start the draft as early as spring 2005.

$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 June 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. For more information, see the SSS annual performance plan for fiscal year 2004.

Dodging the draft will be more difficult than during 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 foreign 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.

Audio: Interview with Veteran working the table in Santa Cruz. ( 1.3 megabytes / 3:28 minutes )
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Military Draft Information Table In front of Vets Hall in downtown Santa Cruz.

Veterans for Peace post 5888 are currently running an informational table in front of the Vets Hall 846 front st. in downtown Santa Cruz to bring awareness to twin bills S89 & HR163 quietly pending legislation to start the draft as early as spring 2005.

More facts on New Draft plans:
$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 June 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.

Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward this year, www.hslda.org/Legislation/National/2003/S89/default.asp entitled 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 foreign 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.

Check out these Links for more Info:
www.vancouver.indymedia.org/news/2004/01/105146.php
www.commondreams.org/views03/1222-02.htm
www.utne.com/webwatch/2004_147/news/11211-1.html
 
 


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Re: Veterans for Peace Info table for Upcoming Military Draft 2005

Thanks for the work you are doing. Good to see and hear a different view and source. r
 

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