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UFPJ: Leave My Child Alone!
Dear UFPJ Member Group:
We're strongly encouraging you to participate in the following
call to action from the Leave My Child Alone Coalition, including:
opting out of military recruiter lists and hosting a back to school event.
Here's an already written email we hope you will send out to your
Buried deep within the No Child Left Behind Act is a provision that
requires public high schools to hand over students' private contact
information to military recruiters. If a school does not comply, it
risks losing vital federal education funds. As if that weren't bad
enough, the Pentagon has now built an illegal database of 30 million
16-25 year olds as another recruitment tool.
ACTION 1: Protect our children by helping them "Opt Out"!
The Leave My Child Alone coalition to make it easy to protect children
from unwanted military recruiting by getting their names off both
Pentagon and high school recruiting lists. To opt your child out, go
ACTION 2: Host a Back-To-School Event
Because most high schools turn over their student lists to military
recruiters in October, it's imperative that we get as many kids as
possible "opted out" during the month of September. Parents, teachers,
grandparents and concerned citizens are planning Leave My Child Alone
back-to-school events from September 7-30. It's easy to host an event
at your home, church or local coffee shop -- we provide you all the
forms and information you need, plus a FREE DVD (
http://www.leavemychildalone.org/DVD ) on opting out featuring Cindy
Sheehan and former recruiter Jim Massey. Go to
http://www.leavemychildalone.org/eventcenter to register an event now
and help local families opt out! Consider making Opt Out the subject
of a Sunday School class, youth group gathering, book club, or other
community activity you already participate in.
Event ideas include:
- Passing out opt-out forms before and after church services or making
a youth group presentation
- Hosting a house party to talk with friends and neighbors about
protecting kids from the Pentagon, watch the new Leave My Child Alone
DVD (featuring Cindy Sheehan), and write letters to your local
superintendent and school board to adopt Optimum Opt Out policies.
- Organizing a school board meeting outing to sure your local district
is educating parents about their ability to opt out.
- Tabling outside the first day of school to give opt-out forms to
students to bring home to parents.
If you're interested in any of these options (or have your own
creative ideas) you can find materials and a way to let other local
Leave My Child Alone supporters know at
ACTION 3: Pass it on
Most parents don't even know about the need to opt out. Please forward
this email to parents, grandparents, and teachers you know. Tell them
to visit LeaveMyChildAlone.org for more information and all the forms
needed to opt out.