From Whatcom Peace and Justice Center

Some members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) are in Washington to support Lt. Watada as his court martial date nears. WPJC is hosting 2-3 Iraq veterans next week on Tuesday, January 16th, at 7pm at the center, 100 E. Maple Street, for a presentation.

They would like to speak to a high school classroom that afternoon. If you are a HS (or Jr. High) teacher, please contact Marie at (360) 734-0217 to schedule them to visit your classroom Tuesday. This is an amazing opportunities for youth to hear about the experiences of Iraq vets. Thank you.

Can a junior high or high school teacher accommodate their request? Why not? They say it is “an amazing opportunity” But how amazing is it?

Iraq Veterans Against the War

IVAW supports war resisters and conscientious objectors. Learn more about service men and women who are presently refusing to participate in the occupation of Iraq.

Counter Recruitment (CR) takes many different forms. Often times it means that people set up tables in high schools to pass out flyers and talk to students about the military and their options. Other activities include: Opt-out campaigns, organizing against JROTC programs, protesting at recruiting stations and providing information about alternatives to the military.

Sounds amazingly anti-US. Are kids in junior high or even high school ready to make decisions about the validity of information presented by a teacher’s guest?  Is subjecting our kids to propaganda by the WPJC and IVAW a decision that is left solely to the teacher? Don’t they need approval, or can they really do it on their own volition?


Visitors whose purpose is to influence or solicit students shall not be permitted on the school grounds. Higher education, employer representatives and military recruiters will be provided opportunities to meet with students through the arrangement of the appropriate building administration.

Oh, I guess I was momentarily alarmed over nothing. I’m sure that all the teachers will disregard this request or insist that the request follow proper procedures.

Come to think of it, it might not be a bad idea for someone to remind the school district of this procedure before Tuesday.