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05-24-2005, 08:13 PM

Tell the Pentagon to Leave Our Children Alone

"A gripping, emotional anti-war ballad of the experience of a GI in Iraq"

- Amazon.com

Grammy-winning guitarist Robert Cray just released his new song about a soldier in Iraq, and it's free for TrueMajorityACTION members.

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Dear DYM,

Memorial Day is here again and America still occupies Iraq. U.S. Army generals last week admitted that the occupation is going badly, with no end in sight [1] . Many of us are angry and frustrated at our inability to end the quagmire. And every week brings new reports about Pentagon recruiters lying to our children to get them to join [2] .

Here are three things you can do:


Art opens a path to people’s hearts. Five-time Grammy Award–winner Robert Cray has just released a powerful song called “Twenty,” about a young man who joins the Army after 9/11 to protect his country. But he’s sent to Iraq and discovers what the occupation is really about before he’s killed in action [3] . Robert is giving the song to TrueMajority for us to share with our members. If the song moves you, share it with friends who need to hear this message too. Use one of the links in the box to the right to play the song, or RIGHT-click here to download it (http://www.kintera.org/atf/cf/{808DA652-D32D-4CDD-88F4-A3D3DB7866ED}/TWENTY_2MEG.MP3) (and choose "save as").


The so-called No Child Left Behind Act has a little-known provision that mandates schools to provide our children’s personal information to the Pentagon so they can be recruited into the armed forces. The law also allows parents and guardians to stop their kids’ schools from providing this information to the Pentagon, but few know what is going on or how to stop it [4] . Our friends at Working Assets have built an online tool to make it easy. Just click here to keep the military’s hands off your kids: http://www.leavemychildalone.org (http://www.leavemychildalone.org/index.cfm?event=showContent&contentid=13&mktcode=tm) And if you know other parents who could use this service, forward this e-mail to them.


If you don’t have children who are vulnerable to Pentagon recruiters, you can still help those of us who do. A bill in Congress would change this law and reverse the process, so parents would need to sign their kids up before their kids’ information could be turned over to the Pentagon. It’s an opt-in process, rather than the burden of opting out [5] . To urge your congressperson to support this family protection bill, just click "reply" and "send" if you are a TrueMajorityACTION member (text of the message below). If you'd like to edit the message we'll send to your congressperson, or if you aren't yet a TrueMajorityACTION member, go to http://www.truemajorityaction.org/LeaveMyChildAlone. (http://www.truemajorityaction.org/LeaveMyChildAlone) And forward this to others so they too can help protect all our kids.

The war in Iraq will last longer unless more people demand its end. These tools provide easy ways for you to take action and to let friends and family know what they can do.

A mother of two children, trying to end the madness,

Darcy Scott Martin


Here's the message we'll send to your Congressperson

Dear [we'll insert your representative's name here]:

Please support H.R.551, the Student Privacy Protection Act of 2005, which amends section 9528 of No Child Left Behind. H.R. 551 prohibits military recruiters from contacting students unless these minors and their parents specifically “Opt In” and consent to receive such communications.


[We'll put your name here]


1) “ Generals Offer Sober Outlook on Iraqi War (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/19/international/middleeast/19iraq.html) ,” New York Times (5/19/05)

2) " Amid Scandal, Recruitment Halts (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/05/20/national/main696991.shtml)" CBS News

3) Here’s a review (http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/_/id/7252549/robertcray?) of Robert Cray’s new song “Twenty”,and the lyrics (http://rosebudus.com/cray/TwentyLyrics.html)

4) Here's more on Leave My Child Alone! (http://www.leavemychildalone.org/index.cfm?event=showContent&contentid=15)

5) Here’s the bill (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.551:) that will require parents to opt in to Pentagon recruitment for their kids

If you like what you see, please click here to contribute (http://www.truemajorityaction.org/site/lookup.asp?c=jvLUJdP8H&b=131895) to keep these messages going to more people!

If this was forwarded to you and you'd like to join up, just click this link: http://www.truemajorityaction.org (http://www.truemajorityaction.org/)

TrueMajorityACTION.org, 191 Bank Street, Third Floor, Burlington, VT 05401

05-24-2005, 08:17 PM
Nice post.

05-24-2005, 08:52 PM
I think we should allow recruiting of our young'ens, that way they can all die in a war for oil and we can continue to drive our gas guzzling suv's.

05-24-2005, 08:58 PM
I think we should allow recruiting of our young'ens, that way they can all die in a war for oil and we can continue to drive our gas guzzling suv's.

You know... that's not a bad idea.

05-24-2005, 09:36 PM
good post DYM thank you for giving me this info.