Wednesday, September 1, 2010

[SDCPJ] Fwd: [counter-recruitment] petition - DREAM Act - military - PLZ SIGN!!!


 
 
Several groups in Chicago (Comité Anti-Militarización, Teachers for Social Justice, American Friends Service Committee, Chicago Otra, members of Gold Star Families for Peace, and others) have joined behind a statement critical of the militarization of the DREAM Act. See below
 
We are also trying to build bridges with the Immigrant Youth Justice League (DREAMers in Chicago). We applaud them in their valiant struggles, but we also feel the military aspect is too important to remain silent on. We are in conversations with them to build a stronger relationship among DREAMers and anti-war folks.
This is not a petition to alienate those who support the DREAM Act. It is a petition to voice your opposition tho the military aspect of the DREAM Act.
 
Please sign the petition. It is only open for one month. It is easy. Just a click. Maybe some basic info. We need to build a strong voice!!!
 
In solidarity
B Galaviz
 
 
 
PLEASE FORWARD EVERYWHERE!
Español abajo------
 

The Dream Act is a proposed piece of legislation that on the surface looks like an educational bill for the legalization of undocumented youth, but is actually a recruitment tool to fill the ranks of the military with this same youth. The Dream Act says that if a young person graduates from a U.S. high school, then s/he can get on a path towards some type of legalization if: s/he completes at least 2 years of college towards a degree or does 2 years of military service(in reality military contracts are 8 years.)

 

Let's analyze the reality. The overwhelming majority of undocumented people, approximately 70 %, are Latinos. Out of approximately 12 million undocumented people in the U.S., over 7 million are Mexican and over 1 million are Central American. The sad reality is that only about ¼ of Latino/as have ever attended college and only 11% of Latinos/as have a college degree. These are statistics for Latino/a population not considering immigration status. La Raza Educators has provided more specific statistics that suggests that only 1 out of 20 undocumented high school seniors attend college. Since two years of college is needed to fulfill the educational part of the Dream Act, it is likely that an overwhelming majority of undocumented youth will be pushed into the military in order to get a conditional green card. There is a long list of inequalities that make hard for immigrant youth to go to college. This bill does not address these inequalities or the educational needs of undocumented youth but it addresses the needs of the U.S. military, filling their ranks. The heavy militarization aspect of the Dream Act became clear when two important parts of the DREAM Act were removed. In an old version of the Dream Act, 910 hours of community service was one of the options to fulfill the requirement for "legalization". This option was taken away, as was the right to pay in-state tuition. Because these two options are gone, more youth will see the military as their only option.

 

This is exactly what the government is interested in.  Senator Dick Durbin,

sponsor of the DREAM Act, has said: "The DREAM Act would address a very serious recruitment crisis that faces our military. Under the DREAM Act, tens of thousands of well-qualified potential recruits would become eligible for military service for the first time."  The military needs more recruits.  The politicians' solution is to draft the undocumented. We cannot be willing to sacrifice the lives of so many youth for the benefit of so few. We should not support legislation that facilitates the recruitment of youth to go off to war.

 

CAMI, Comite Anti-Militarizacion, supports higher education for all students

both documented and undocumented, however, we denounce the military component

of the DREAM ACT. Unfortunately, this deadly component is strategically excluded from the debate by many Democrats and organizations who support the DREAM ACT.

 

In essence, the DREAM ACT will create a defacto military draft for our undocumented youth. We say defacto because although students are given a "choice", the fact is that the deplorable and inadequate conditions of Latino schooling will make military enlistment the only "choice" for the overwhelming majority of our undocumented youth. At the present time, it is against the law to recruit undocumented youth into the US military, but with the passage of the DREAM ACT, the recruiters will then be legally able to recruit our youth.

 

Historically racism and discrimination at home and in the military have adversely affected Latino youth who enter the military. During the Vietnam War, Chicano and other Latino youth were sent to the frontlines in disproportionate numbers. While Chicanos and Latinos were only 4.5 percent of the U.S. population, they were 19 percent of the casualties, some 80,000 Latinos served during the Vietnam War. With this reality, we pose the question: where will those students end up? Dead on the battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan? Will they join the 6,000 troops currently occupying the U.S./Mexico border? As the US continues to invade and/or intervene in other countries, will our youth be forced to kill other poor people in places like Venezuela, Columbia, Iran and Cuba?

 

We in CAMI do not wish to antagonize or minimize the efforts of the honest Youth and others who advocate for the Dream Act on behalf of undocumented students. We wish to challenge all organizations that support the DREAM ACT to join us in the struggle for the legalization of all students and our entire community. We are all brothers and sisters in this struggle, but we must never negotiate the future of our youth in exchange for the legalization of a few of our students.

 

We believe that our students and community deserve full and immediate legalization without having to serve in the military.

 
 
PLEASE FORWARD EVERYWHERE!!!!!
 
 
 

El Dream Act es una propuesta legislativa de la que la superficie parece  como una propuesta de ley educacional para la legalizacion de la juventud indocumentada, pero  actualmente es una herramienta de reclutamiento para llevar a las fuerzas armadas a esos jovenes. El Dream Act dice que si un joven se gradua en una high school estadounidense, luego ella o el  puede empezar un camino hacia algun tipo de legalizacion si ella o el debe terminar al menos  2 años de universidad o 2 años de servicio militar(la realidad es que los contratos de las fuerzas armadas no son de 2 años, son de 8 años).

 

Vamos a analizar la realidad: La mayoria de la gente indocumentada, aproximadamente 70% son Latinos. De los aproximadamente 12 milliones de personas indocumentados en los Estados Unidos mas de 7 million son Mexicanos y 1 million son Centro Americanos. La  triste realidad es que solamente 1/4 de Latinos han

 

asistido a la universidad(o 'junior college")y  solamente 11%de los Latinos tienen una diploma de universidad. Estas estadisticas no toman en cuenta  el estado migratorio de la gente. Una organizacion que se llama La Raza Educators ha proveido mas estadicas especificas quesugieren que solamente 1 de 20 estudiantes indocumentados asisten a la universidad o junior college.  Como el Dream Act requiere que los estudiantes terminen 2 años de universidad o junior college, la gran probabilidad es que la mayoria de los jovenes indocumentados van a

estar empujados a las fuerzas militares para conseguir una mica condicional. Hay tantas desigualdades que hacen muy dificil que los jovenes inmigrantes vayan a la universidad. El Dream Act no  toma en cuenta esas desigualdades, o las necesidades educacionales de los indocumentados, pero busca las necesidades de las fuerzas militares estadounidenses, para cubrir sus necesidades y tener la suficiente carne de cañon.

 

El aspecto nefasto del Dream Act cada vez es mas obvio, al grado que 2 partes importantes del mismo fueron eliminadas. En una version anterior del Dream Act, 910 horas de servicio comunitario fue una de las opciones para llenar los requisitos para la "legalizacion". Esta opcion fue eliminada como tambien fue eliminado el derecho de pagar la colegiatura el estado respectivo de cada estudiante. Porque estas dos opciones ya no existen, mas jovenes van a ver a las fuerzas armadas como su unica opcion atraves del Dream Act. Eso es exactamente lo que el gobierno quiere. El Senador Dick Durbin, auspiciador del Dream Act ha dicho:" El Dream Act va a ayudar a resolver una crisis muy seria que enfrentan las fuerzas armadas sobre el reclutamiento de jovenes. Con el Dream Act, miles de reclutados bien calificados serian eligibles para el servicio militar por primera vez." Las fuerzas armadas necesitan mas personal. La solucion de los politicos es el reclutamiento de los indocumentados.No debemos de apoyar una legislacion que facilita el reclutamiento de jovenes para ir a la guerra.

 

CAMI, COMITE ANTI-MILITARIZACION,FRENTE UNIDO DE INMIGRANTES, EL COMITE

DE AMIGOS DE SERVICIO((AFSC), LA OTRA, Y LAS FAMILIAS ESTRELLAS DE ORO, apoyamos la educacion universitaria para todos los estudiantes, con o sin papeles, pero denunciamos el enfoque militar del Dream Act. Desgraciadamente, el verdadero significado nefasto del Dream Act esta excluido estrategicamente del debate por muchos democratas y organizaciones que lo apoyan.  En escencia, el Dream Act creara un reclutamiento militar "defacto" de nuestros jovenes indocumentados. Nosotros decimos  "defacto"porques aunque parece que nuestros estudiantes tienen una opcion,el hecho es que debido a las condiciones deplorables e inadecuados de las escuelas latinas, la unica opcion para la gran mayoria de nuestros jovenes latinos van a ser las fuerzas armadas estadounidenses. En este momento, es contra de la ley a reclutar la juventud indocumentada a las fuerzas armadas de los Estados Unido. Pero en pasar el Dream Act, los  reclutadores luego van a  tener el derecho legal a reclutar a nuestra juventud.

 

Historicamente, el racismo y la discriminacion aqui y en las fuerzas armadas, ha  afectado a la juventud latina quienes entran el militar. Durante la guerra de  Vietnam,  la juventud Chicana/Mexicana/Latina  fueron mandados a las lineas del frente de  la guerra en numeros grandes. Aunque eramos solamente 4.5 % de la poblacion en  los EEUU, fueramos 19 % de los muertos. Con esa realidad, hacemos la pregunta: donde van a  llegar estos estudiantes? MUERTOS en el campo de batalla en Irak, Afganistan? Se van a  juntarse con las tropas de 6000 quienes ahora ocupan la frontera de U.S. /Mexico? Mientras Los EEUU continua a invadir y intervenir en lugares como Venezuela, Columbia, Iran o Cuba? Van a mandar a nuestros jovenes a matar otra gente pobre? Nosotros  grupos aqui hoy, no queremos antagonizar o minimizar los esfuerzas de la juventud honesta y otros quienes abogan para el Dream Act. Queremos desafiar a todas las organizaciones que apoyan el Dream Act para unirse con nosotros en la lucha para  la legalizacion para todos de nuestros estudiantes y nuestra comunidad entera. Somos todos hermanos y  hermanas en esta lucha pero nunca  debemos negociar el futuro de nuestro  juventud en cambio para la legalizacion de algunos pocos.

 

NOSOTROS AQUI HOY CREEMOS QUE NUESTROS ESTUDIANTES Y NUESTRA COMUNIDAD MERECEN UNA LEGALIZACION TOTAL Y INMEDIATA SIN TENER QUE SERVIR EN LAS FUERZAS ARMADAS

 



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