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Bringing anti-war veterans to speak with your students: Fall 2022

Debra Sweet | September 21, 2022

No fee charged to your school: We Are Not Your Soldiers is set to come to your class this semester, still remotely as the term starts, with an anti-war veteran who will dialogue with your students and is ready to answer any of their questions.

Educators and students: please contact us now to set up a time for us to engage with your classes. If you are not an educator or a student, please pass on this information to anyone you know who is involved in education.

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As world crises and U.S. wars continue and the threats of new wars and even nuclear annihilation is an on-going reality, students have many serious concerns.

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We Are Not Your Soldiers in the Schools 2021/2022

Debra Sweet | July 14, 2022

We-Are-Not-Your-Soldiers-in-the-Schools-2021-20222-768x644It seems the U.S. military is having a recruitment crisis. Good.

They're offering up to $50K recruitment signing "bonuses" and still their numbers are lower than they want. The military's explanation is that there's something wrong with the culture that people aren't into "serving" now; they don't have an immediate family history of people in the military, and there's no immediate crisis drawing enlistment.

Does that mean we don't need to actively oppose the heavy recruiting of youth into the U.S. military now?

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Twelfth anniversary of the publication by Wikileaks of "Collateral Murder"

Debra Sweet | July 14, 2022

Today, July 12, is the twelfth anniversary of the publication by Wikileaks of "Collateral Murder." Since then, we have shown it frequently during many of the We Are Not Your Soldiers classroom visits. As one college student wrote in an essay, "I was surprised to know that the U.S. is not part of the International Criminal Court and wouldn’t even allow investigators in the country to conduct an investigation. The video that we watched was leaked, and that is how we got to know about the atrocities and the war crimes committed by the U.S. military. Had it not been for the leak, we would have never known. Chelsea Manning, who leaked the video, was sent to prison for her deed. Even after the leak went public, nothing was done to reprimand the war crimes committed by the U.S. military… " And, Julian Assange remains in deplorable conditions in prison in London under imminent threat of extradition to the U.S. for the "crime" of releasing this kind of information to the U.S. and world public.

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We Are Not Your Soldiers

Stephaine Rugoff | March 30, 2020

In March We Are Not Your Soldiers presenters spoke remotely at three alternative NYC high schools, a NYC middle school and to Spanish-dominant bilingual high school students in Philadelphia. A co-teacher at one of the NYC high schools wrote following Will's talk:

Thank you so much for your visit and your presentation today! I can't tell you how valuable of an experience that was for our students. We have been discussing and debriefing since you left. You touched on many issues we have been discussing in class, and your personal experience as a veteran adds so much that we can not. You had a huge impact on our students, and I can't thank you enough for that. We appreciate you taking the time to be with us and share some of your experiences today.

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Meet the Veterans in We Are Not Your Soldiers

Debra Sweet | February 19, 2021

UPDATE:  You can watch the recoded panel discussion here:

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WE’RE ON THE “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE” RADIO SHOW!

Debra Sweet | December 28, 2020

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Listen in as We Are Not Your Soldiers spends an hour with a Peace Studies class at Nassau Community College in NY. Professor Susan Cushman introduces her class, followed by Stephanie Rugoff who coordinates We Are Not Your Soldiers. Miles Megaciph, a U.S. Marines veteran and hip hop artist, then starts off with his song “Promise” and continues for the rest of the program in dialogue with the class about his time in the military. This was originally aired on the “Give Peace a Chance” show on WBAI, 99.5 FM in NYC.

Listen here to this powerful and moving show.

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"Give Peace A Chance"

Debra Sweet | December 24, 2020

Tune in to WBAI this Saturday Dec. 26 at 6:00 EST (on the radio at 99.5 in NYC or tune in on the WBAI website from wherever you're located) to "Give Peace A Chance" to hear the special program on We Are Not Your Soldiers including audio from a visit last week to a community college Peace Studies class in NY. 

Listen Now: Give Peace A Chance

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Send Anti-War Veterans to Students

Debra Sweet |  December 9, 2020 

When World Can’t Wait was founded in 2005, we spent four years raising the demand that the Bush regime be driven from power via mass non-violent protest and prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity.  We knew that those crimes would happen again and worsen if accepted and normalized, as they were under the Obama administration.

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A Most Unusual 2019-20 School Year!

We Are Not Your Soldiers | July 8, 2020

19-20-collageThe great uprising against white supremacy of people all over the country and the horrific response of the fascists in the White House, has opened discourse about the domestic role of the military.  This gives We Are Not Your Soldiers the opportunity to broaden and deepen that thinking and take it to an understanding of the imperialist role of the U.S. military as the police of the empire.  More profound thought is bolstered by young people here seeing the solidarity in protests against racism now taking place around the world.

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Helping Students Keep Their Humanity by Not Signing Up for War

Stephanie Rugoff | November 11, 2019

nomorewarsWe Are Not Your Soldiers brings exposure of imperial wars to a generation of youth largely unaware of the crimes being carried out throughout the world in their names.

On this Veterans Day, 2019, for the United States, making war is less about amassing human air, land and sea forces to attack “the enemy” as it is increasingly about amassing technological superiority in which machines replace humans enabling politicians and corporate bosses to pursue their goals without the pesky problem of waves of homeward-bound body bags and caskets.

Yet, the Pentagon was confronted with the obstacle of conscience being applied to technological research in mid-2018 when Google employees protested working on Project Maven, a program that would use artificial intelligence to assist in drone killing, causing Google to drop Maven. Tech workers at Amazon and Microsoft have also protested working on technology that supports repression and killing.

While work on Maven has been picked up by another firm and Amazon and Microsoft leadership have apparently felt free to ignore the pleas of their workers these protests illustrate the increasing power of individuals to throw monkey wrenches into the gears of the war machine.

Hence, the increasing importance of the task of educating all students on the consequences of war, whether or not they plan to join the military. 

This is what We Are Not Your Soldiers has been doing for 13 years by bringing veterans into classrooms. Being knowledgeable of the realities of fighting in or, by inertia, supporting the wrong side of imperialist wars can lead to people speaking and acting in opposition to them.

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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.