Information for Young People and Youth Activists

Resources for educating and organizing


The government, Pentagon and military organizations like high school JROTC are working hard to teach young people blind obedience, conformity and the acceptance of violence when it's done by the state. The survival of a civilian democracy depends on our ability to present alternative views, think critically and resist the influence of militarism on our society


Are you concerned about?

  • A possible draft?
  • Military programs and recruiters in our schools?

  • War?

WHAT YOU CAN DO.pdf (21Kb, rev. 8/26/02)


Sample high school leaflet from:

  • San Diego County Coalition for Peace and Justice (Nov. '06)

H.S. LEAFLET PDF file (75Kb)


Teach Peace:

Let students know what military recruiters are not telling them!

  • For lots of information on the realities of military enlistment and war, visit the:

Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (Project YANO)


High school Students' Rights:

What Every Student Should Know!

A brochure that briefly summarizes some of the First Amendment and other important rights of high school students. It covers:

  • Your right to freedom of expression
  • Possible free speech restrictions
  • Clubs and Activities
  • Submitting free speech materials ahead of time
  • Prior restraint by school officials
  • What to do if your free speech rights are being violated
  • Some other rights you should know about

    Download a copy here. Revised 9/02

High School Rights.pdf (24Kb)



Information specifically about leafleting and petitioning inside and outside schools, by students and nonstudents.e Acrobat PDF Reader must be installed in your browser to view these files. If you dot have it, click on the running man below.

Guide for H.S. Leafleting and Petitioning.pdf (42Kb)

Suggestions for high school students who object tothe "Pledge of Allegiance."

Resisting the Pledge (42Kb)

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When the military comes to your local high school, you have a legal right to give students an opposing view. This has been the position taken by federal district courts in Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois and two federal appellate courts. The most broadly-worded decision came from a case that COMD took to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the 1980s. Here is the background:

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