What You Can Do
Hold a Town Meeting; Pass an Antidraft Resolution:
On August 11, a New York City “Town Meeting” organized by People Against the Draft overwhelmingly passed a resolution opposing efforts to reinstate the draft and calling for an end to the war in Iraq.
A capacity crowd gathered in the auditorium of Renaissance School in Jackson Heights, Queens, heard speakers ranging from elected officials to representatives of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Center on Conscience and War, Military Families Speak Out, and Campus Antiwar Network.
The resolution, which is to be delivered to Presidential candidates and the New York State Congressional delegation, read in part: ” We reject reinstatement of the military draft [and] other attempts to militarize our youth, including compulsory ‘National Service’ [and] call for an end to the war in Iraq ”
People Against the Draft is a non-partisan, grassroots organization of concerned parents, students, educators, and others based in Northern Queens, New York. Our purpose is to educate and lobby against the military draft.
More broadly, we intend to help build a movement against reinstatement of the draft and in favor of a peaceful, rational foreign policy. If you want to join us, or start a chapter in your own neighborhood, let us know. We’ll try to help.
To get answers to your questions or to join our Internet mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll inform you about upcoming meetings and events and invite you to become involved.
Our silence and ignorance are the most effective allies of those who would draft our children. Stay informed on this issue and educate others. Discuss your concerns with friends and family. Write letters to the editor and op-eds for your local newspaper, and call local radio talk shows. If you’re a student, talk to your parents. If you’re a parent, talk to your kids.
Download and distribute:
Our handbill and our two-sided FAQ, “The Draft: Questions and Answers.”
Organize a teach-in or forum
… at your church, school, or club, or in your living room. We can provide information packets and speakers.
Write, call, or email your elected representatives:
Tell your Senators and Congressperson what you think. Don’t let them minimize the issue or otherwise put you off; demand a firm commitment against the draft. Contact information is searchable by zipcode at www.congress.org.
Peaceful neighborhood vigils and demonstrations are easier to organize than you may think (for tips, see the Neighbors for Peace site). Just holding signs at a busy intersection can reach thousands of people.