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US Military: Stop recruiting minors for warfare
  • Petitioning Our Elected Officials and the US Military

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Our Elected Officials and the US Military
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Virginia
Sen. Tim Kaine
Michigan
Sen. Carl Levin
South Carolina
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Arizona
Sen. John McCain
Ohio-10
Rep. Michael Turner
Vermont
Sen. Bernie Sanders
California-25
Rep. Buck McKeon
Washington-09
Rep. Adam Smith
South Carolina-02
Rep. Joe Wilson
California-53
Rep. Susan Davis

US Military: Stop recruiting minors for warfare

    1. Kevin Haake
    2. Petition by

      Kevin Haake

      Lincoln, NE

It is common practice for the US military to actively recruit minors for enlistment.

Military recruiters are a common sight in our high schools, and they often make unwanted contact with our young people via phone calls and social media, trying ultimately to woo these kids into a combat zone. Indeed, the recruitment services have a large marketing budget at their disposal, much of which is targeting our kids. This activity has been going on for years, but why on earth is it allowed?

It shouldn't be.

As a society, we have determined that minors aren't yet ready to drink, to smoke, to vote, to get married, and so on, but yet it is deemed to be okay to try to hard-sell them into an eight-year limited-rights binding contract where they could be killed or be forced to kill? This is simply and clearly wrong. It needs to stop.

We call upon our elected representatives and the US military to put an end to this unnecessary and shameful practice. We call upon them to ban all recruitment of and marketing to minors for military service.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Add your support for the Student Privacy Protection Act

      Kevin Haake
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU for your past support! It means a lot, and it shows that we are not alone in our belief that student data should not be released to military recruiters without first seeking consent for such a release. Our kids deserve better than the status quo!

      There are a couple of legislative actions that we are currently supporting. Could you take a minute or two to look over the Student Privacy Protection Act and the Youth PROMISE Act? I think you’ll agree that they would be great steps forward for our young people! Please consider taking that extra step by registering your support for them here: http://www.popvox.com/orgs/srkcampaign. Simply click the three SUPPORT buttons towards the upper right hand side of the page. Your representative WILL be notified of the bills you support in this manner.

      In a nutshell, the Student Privacy Protection Act would help ensure that the privacy rights of our kids and families are upheld by ensuring that schools obtain parental permission before releasing private student data to military recruiters.

      The YOUTH Promise Act focusses on the problems of violence that too many of our kids face. We should foster and promote peaceful pathways for our kids to follow as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Too often our young people become ensnared in a culture of violence with few opportunities provided to help them reach their potential. The Youth PROMISE Act would help provide such pathways to at-risk youth on a consistent and ongoing basis. We’ve recently signed on in support of this bill.

      http://www.popvox.com/orgs/srkcampaign

      Thank you for all you do,
      Kevin

      Stop Recruiting Kids
      http://www.srkcampaign.org
      http://www.facebook.com/StopRecruitingKids
      http://twitter.com/SRKcampaign

      #SRKcampaign

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Are you on facebook?

      Kevin Haake
      Petition Organizer

      If you are on facebook, the following page and photo was added to help get the word out about this petition effort, with the intent that people could 'like' it and help spread the word to their friends and acquaintances that way.

      Of course, you can also use the Facebook, Twitter, and email tools on this page to help spread the word as well.

      Thanks!

      Here's a link to the photo:
      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=463503907014398&set=a.463503880347734.107331.423780030986786&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

      Here's a link to the page:
      http://www.facebook.com/StopRecruitingKids

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Wendy Moore EUGENE, OR
      • about 1 month ago

      War is a form of insanity

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    • angel cisneros LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 2 months ago

      this is important tome be cause i and my brother are being impelled by the peopleof george bush and you the d.o.j give me scales that dont work it hurts me when it cuts me all because i know and seen plutonium crystals laying around and the shriffs do nothing but gas me wiyh the cia and fbi

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      "The saddest sight these days is the image of hundreds of thousands of children kidnapped and lured into being child soldiers from the age of eight. "

      -- Sir Roger Moore

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    • Phillip Garner ANTIOCH, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      America is the most militarized nation on earth and the cost to the lives of the citizenry is felt the most when children become sacrifices the states corporate war machine that benefits the war profiteers.

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    • Jeffrey Arnett O'FALLON, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Teenagers are impressionable and at a young age. So full of doubt and feel they have to prove themselves. Who else is a prime enough target to take advantage of?

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