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BLOGGER [M. S.] OF JAPAN PUT TOGETHER THE POST BELOW REGARDING RECRUITMENT OF YOUTH FOR THE US MILITARY INCLUDING POSTS FROM OTHER BLOGS, NEWS ARTICLES AND ENDING W/MY STATEMENTS FROM CORRESPONDENCE W/[M.] ON THE TOPIC.
I HAVE DELETED THE JAPANESE TRANSLATION IN ORDER TO AVOID CONFUSION, BUT PLEASE VISIT THE LINK TO VIEW [M']S WORK. THE POSTS REVEAL A CONCERNED AND CONSCIOUS JAPAN WHO DOES NOT WANT WAR, LOVES THEIR GLOBAL BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND BELIEVES IN TRUE PEACE AND GENUINE SECURITY.
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Brainwashing Kids for Endless War
from Organizing Notes blog:
Monday, September 13, 2010BRAINWASHING THE KIDS FOR ENDLESS WAR
Global Network board member Bob Anderson (a Vietnam vet) from Albuquerque, New Mexico sent me a message this morning saying:
Recently I followed a link off an Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) web page for more JROTC information, each school has a separate JROTC web page.
I wanted to see what the kids are seeing when the JROTC gets to them. One of the things our kids can sign up for is a web blog called Military.com. I signed up for it and want to urge you to also (just open one of the links below and click on the sub button at the top).
Major Barker, who is an employ at APS earns over $107,000 running the JROTC program that he says gives APS students leadership and citizenship training. I think if you subscribe to military.com and look at the types of things they are putting before children you will be horrified. This is as near smut porno as one can get and we taxpayers are footing the bill for this. I am outraged.
The videos at this site are the ones that Bob refers to that are now linked to the public school web page.
Can there be any doubt that young people are being given the message - "This is all you can be." They are basically being told that your future will be endless war. This is normal. This is your future. Violence is fun and patriotic.
The rich kids will still go to Yale and Harvard and a few exceptional working class kids will get a scholarship to those schools as well. But the majority of American working class and poor youth are now being funneled into the military to fight the wars for control of the declining resources around the world.
We must talk more about this military infiltration of our public schools and resist it in our local communities.
Call it what it is - teaching our kids to be killers.
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Report on 6/2/10 Albuquerque Public Schools Board Meeting
by Bob Anderson
On a short notice we heard from Mitzi Kraft, Military Families Speak Out (who is in Florida on a short vacation) that the board was going to pass the budget. We knew the budget included from $1-2 million to pay for military recruiters to operate in the school system. They say the DoD refunds them $900,000 but we don’t know that for sure.
So four of us made it: Sally-Alice, Ernie, Marlene and myself (I got there just a minute to late to sign up to speak). What was a shocker was that as I was coming into the board meeting room a bunch of people in uniforms and guns were marching out. What is going on is that as we gain more support the military faction is stepping up their presence in the school at the board meetings. They had brought in the Highland HS color guard with real rifles to march in and present the flag, they call it the colors, to the board to open the meeting. This is an escalation of the struggle going on, that we are winning, by the way to get the military kicked out of our school district.
I asked Maj. Barker, the ROTC commander at the end of the meeting if this was his idea and he was taken off guard a bit and said, Oh no, the board asked for it.... But probably with him suggesting it to them.
The Major had three parents and one student prepared to come speak to the board about how great the ROTC is in saving their kids from drugs, gangs, giving them structure and a good time and we should keep the ROTC in the schools. One woman said at the end of her talk that there are 126 students in the ROTC in APS. I wonder if there are not more. How much money is that per student then?
Board member Robins said in his comments later that spending a million to keep these kids in school was worth the price.
Our speakers were interspersed among the pro-military speakers. Marlene, Ernie and Sally-Alice all hit on two point, the waste of the money when it could go for teachers and civic education, and also they all spoke about the Ch 7 video report last week on the using of an experimental Army video game to recruit 6th graders into violence and war, supposedly using math as a teaching goal. All our folks were clear on this and it carried very well.http://www.koat.com/video/23705043/detail.html
So well in fact that the Ch 7 and Ch 13 interviewed Ernie and Marlene and I saw the Ch 7 report late night which was good. I think Ch 4 may have covered it some, and the Journal was there. The Ch 7 piece started off with the color guard marching out, with rifles very visible, and then pointed out that some city residents are upset with the presence of the military in the schools.
The main story was the budget cuts which are going to increase class size, lay off some workers, and result in other cuts. The board said the $43 million in cuts this year would be probably $80-100 million next year due to the collapse of the state’s economy (the criminal activity of Wall Street has destroyed the national economy causing this loss of economic activity).
But the issue of the war, the military and violence in schools is becoming a bigger issue thanks to all the effort put in by so many since we saw the story last fall of the ROTC rifle range in the schools. We need to have some more planning meetings on this soon and map out a larger strategy.
I was looking on the Ch 7 web site this morning for the story they ran last night on residents protesting the military in the schools and came across this AP story they ran on a Maryland school district not allowing info on their students to go to the military.... This is helpful (see article below)
SWM - Stop the War Machine
Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice
202 Harvard Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Maryland First State to Bar Schools Releasing Tests to Military
by Kathleen Miller
Al Goldis / AP Photo Toria Latnie is shown Wednesday, May 12, 2010, outside her home in Lansing, Mich. Latnie said a counselor at her son's Florida charter high school told seniors in late 2008 that a military aptitude test was a requirement for graduation. She researched the exam online and refused to allow her son to take the test. (AP)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A first-of-its-kind law bars public high schools in Maryland from automatically sending student scores on a widely used military aptitude test to recruiters, a practice that critics say was giving the armed forces backdoor access to young people without their parents' consent.
The Maryland law, the first in the nation after similar California legislation was vetoed, was signed last month and bars schools from automatically releasing the information to military recruiters. Instead, students, and their parents if they are under 18, will have to decide whether to give the information to the military. The law takes effect in July. One other state, Hawaii, has a similar policy for its schools, but not a law.
Roughly 650,000 U.S. high school students took the exam in the 2008-2009 school year, and the Department of Defense says scores for 92 percent of them were automatically sent to military recruiters. In the fiscal year that ended in September, 7.6 percent of those who enlisted in the military used scores from the test as part of their applications.
Nancy Grasmick, Maryland Superintendent of Schools, said in a letter to lawmakers that the test and score analysis are "free services that public schools often utilize as part of their ongoing career development and exploration programs." Grasmick took no position on the legislation in her letter and did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said the data is used both to screen students' enlistment eligibility and to determine their interests and skills for nonmilitary careers. Asked about criticism that the military is going around parents, Lainez said in an e-mail that "parents and other influencers are in the best position to help advise students of various career opportunities, and the pros and cons associated with each of the choices."
Members of the Maryland Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, which pushed for the legislation, argued the military isn't upfront about the test's real purpose. Coalition member and high school teacher Pat Elder said he became involved in the issue after volunteering on a phone hot line for troubled soldiers. Many told him they hadn't considered the military until a recruiter who'd seen their scores contacted them.
"I've spoken to 'C' or 'D' students who are called by a recruiter and told 'Dude, you're really good at this kind of stuff,' and that's what it takes for them to join," said Elder, who teaches at the Muslim Community School in Potomac, Md. "There is an insidious, psychological element to these tests."
While Maryland is the first state to pass a law prohibiting the automatic release of scores to military recruiters, some individual school districts elsewhere, including the Los Angeles school system, have policies to the same effect. Hawaii's Department of Education implemented its statewide policy last year. Four Maryland counties - Howard, Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George's - also blocked the direct release of scores to recruiters before the state law was passed.
State legislators in California passed a similar measure in 2008, but it was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
School districts in Maryland have had different policies for when and how they administer the roughly 3.5 hour multiple-choice exam. Some school districts, like rural Allegany County, only offer the test to students at a technical high school, while individual schools in the Baltimore City district can choose whether to administer the exam.
Maryland state senator Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, said he sponsored the bill partly because school districts' approaches varied. He said constituents also told him they didn't think local school districts knew their options.
"They thought they had to turn over information to recruiters," Raskin said.
Some argued that the measure was antimilitary. Baltimore County Republican Sen. Andy Harris said the legislation gives students the impression that they should be skeptical of military careers.
"I think sending any message while we're at war overseas that the military in any way is not an honorable profession is the wrong message to send," Harris said.
Del. Sheila Hixson, D-Montgomery, sponsored the bill in the House, bristled at that argument.
"For me, it wasn't the military piece, it was the parental permission," Hixson said. "Parents didn't know what was going on and children didn't realize what was going on."
Toria Latnie, who now lives in Michigan, said a counselor at her son's Florida charter high school told seniors in late 2008 that the military aptitude test was a requirement for graduation. Latnie researched the exam online and refused to allow her son to take the test.
"I was angry, very angry," said Latnie, a mother of five. "I felt lied to, deceived, like people were trying to go behind my back and give my child's private information to the military."
On the Net:
- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery: http://www.asvabprogram.com
- National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy: http://www.asvabtest.org
© 2010 Associated Press
August 2, 2010
APS Spends Millions on Wasteful Program While Cutting Educators
Press Release by
Military Families Speak Out, Vets for Peace, Stop the War Machine
Recent research into the Albuquerque Public Schools budget reveals that while the APS Board is now preparing for more teacher pay cuts, larger class sizes, eliminating days of instruction, unpaid furloughs for teachers in the traditional fields of English, arts, science and math, at the same time 23 military “teachers” under the JROTC program are paid nearly 1.6 million dollars for an average salary of approximately $69,000.00 each.
Salaries for the Military “teachers” range from $107,326.00 to $54,000.00.
There also appears to be no uniformity in pay scales as in other real teaching categories at APS.
The lowest paid military “teacher” earns far more than the average teacher in APS and they are paid, it appears more than the most qualified and experienced real teacher with many years of experience.
Several other interesting things have come to light from an investigation into the money spent on military recruitment programs at APS under the JROTC program:
Most glaring is that for this program of $2.3 million there is no publically accessible budget or accounting of how the money is allocated or regulated.
For budget information the APS Board has to request information school by school from each of the 13 school JROTC programs funded by APS.
A major question exists - who is actually in control of this large budget at APS, the public or the Pentagon?None of the military “teachers” are listed on the APS web directory. There is no information on the APS web site for the JROTC program activities, a program on which $2.3 million is spent.
It is not exactly clear how many military “teachers” are at APS. The salary schedule information provided last week says there are 23 but then information was also provided that says there are 30 of these “military” instructors. This shows more problems with this program.
Maybe the APS Board is not in control of the JROTC program! KRQE Channel 13 News (June 30, 2010) reported that JROTC spent over $6000.00 on a box lunch conference for the military recruiters and some students at a major local hotel in May. This was at a time when other programs and services to students are being cut or eliminated. This kind of spending is unacceptable.
It appears the APS JROTC program is a black hole of unaccountable, out of control high expenses while other decent and worthy programs are being cut or eliminated. We are outraged at this situation.
Several local civic organization have questioned the purpose and the expense of having “military” teachers in our schools. Some of us will be at this board meeting this Wednesday at the APS administrative building to call again for the APS board of education to focus on the real needs of our children in this time of economic crisis and to eliminate programs like JROTC.
See attachment to see the salaries paid to APS's JROTC office
JROTC Albuquerque Public Schools 2010 Salary Schedule―23 JROTC Teachers
Employee Name Salary
Barker, William E $ 107,326.12
Ortega, Robert M. $ 88,318.89
Zentner Jr., Frank l. $ 84,297.20
Gallegos, John M. $ 66,592.76
Finney, Donald M. $ 76,311.27
Hendricks, Mark l. $ 76,587.25
Gomez, Gary R. $ 87,021.31
Edmonds, Patrick A. $ 62,982.92
Dewitt, David W. $ 57,770.28
Flores, Daniel U. $ 59,332.35
Britton, Joseph A. $ 58,572.52
Griego, Alberto R. $ 69,171.70
Newman JII, Charles E. $ 61,683.07
Flores Jr., Jimmy $ 62,820.00
Fiaseu, Gaufua $ 54,533.20
Koerber, James B. $ 73,071.20
Archuleta, John P. $ 59,595.65
Campbell, Thomas W. $ 73,634.99
McCloud, Jeffery S. $ 69,183.53
Wineland, Adrian E. $ 51,986.42
Hunter, Michael A. $ 80,098.54
Robinson, Kevin L. $ 54,957.61
Andersen, Mark $64,079.73
Average JROTC salary: $69,563.67 69,563
Name: APS JROTC Salary Schedule 2010.pdf
（arbitrary reference 任意参照）average salary in Japan depending on qualifications and careers
salaried employee at Goldman Sachs in Japan ￥60 million
professional baseball player ￥37 million
Diet member ￥22 million
high school teacher ￥7.5 million
police officer ￥8 million
firefighter ￥5 million
overall average of salaried workers ￥4.5 million
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American youth under poverty lockdown, our youth in Guam resist the buildup
by Martha Duenas
I think it is difficult for our youth to escape the marketing predators that specifically target our youth to desire & consume mindlessly. Now that I am living in California again, I see it in the poorer communities even more so. Actually, in the poorer communities, I feel that our youth are on "lockdown." This is a term used to describe conditions in a prison when there is no freedom of movement and the inmates are not allowed to leave their cells for any reason.
I feel our youth in the poor communities are treated this way. There is a heavier police presence. Programs, services and resources for youth barely exist. And they are bombarded with marketing for clothing, accessories, electronics, and absolute useless objects that are promoted for a certain "look" or "lifestyle" that creates these unrealistic desires in our youth....."but if you buy this, you, too, can live this kind of life!"
In the poorer communities, they are not provided the resources or opportunities to learn about who they are or the potential they can achieve or activities that will open them to new experiences. Instead they are inundated with campaigns to create desire to "buy" things that they are told will make them feel "cool."
But the other thing that is happening to our youth in Guam is the spoken word movement. There are a couple of young men (one is a high school english instructor) who started organizing & teaching slam poetry workshops on the island a couple of years ago. They also started going into the schools and organizing competitions.
For years, the government & military refused to share any information about the military buildup. Information would be revealed, but when questioned, NO ONE could ever give any kind of response or confirmation. It has been extremely frustrating to deal w/such disrespect and deceit. When the DEIS-Draft Environmental Impact Study came out regarding the military buildup that revealed the plans, it was our youth who stood up to protest. At the hearings organized by the JGPO-Joint Guam Program Office, it was the youth who came out slamming poetry, but with facts and information directly from the DEIS. They had done their research and were "putting down the word."
I had the great fortune to be home in Guam when the hearings were happening. It was so incredibly exciting to see our young people standing up for this island we love. It emboldened families and elders to also speak up....very inspiring!