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From Draft NOtices,
January-March 2019

Militarized Response to the Central American Refugee Caravan

—Jesús D. Mendez Carbajal

Since at least the 1980s, Central Americans have been making the journey from their home countries, traveling through Mexico, many with the goal of entering the United States. Different waves of Central Americans have arrived in the U.S. because of various reasons including civil war, persecution, and violence. The shared reason among migrants for leaving their home behind is the constant instability in the region due in large part to the interventionist foreign policies of the U.S. Migrants are motivated, as well, by the drive to provide a better tomorrow for their children, families and themselves. -Full Article

JROTC Shooting Ranges Removed from Two Schools

Marshall Blesofsky

On February 14, 2018, the unthinkable but all-too-common happened. A mass shooting occurred at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Rumors about the identity of the shooter were that he was a former student who had been in JROTC -Full Article

On the Intersectionality of Militarism

At our meeting in December, the COMD board met to reflect on our work over the year, plan our upcoming activities, and discuss how to branch out with other community partners. We recognize that counter-recruitment work can feel isolating, but upon further discussion we realized that many issues intersect with militarism.. -Full Article

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