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  • Hallie Friedman
    I ve gotten the same information from dozens of friends and colleagues and it is fact. Everyone I ve spoken to within government tho claims that it will not
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 29, 2004
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      I've gotten the same information from dozens of friends and colleagues and it is fact. Everyone I've spoken to within government tho claims that it will not pass, but please write your letters.
      Also, please remind everyone you know who has recently become eligible to vote to register now and to request absentee ballots if they won't be near home on Nov. 2. Many of us on this list have children in college and this will be their first opportunity to vote in a presidential election and they may not know that they can request an absentee ballot and that they can vote from school. Tell them to link to their county's election department, there are absentee ballots requests available on line or directions on how to get them. If your child is going to school in a swing state, they can legally register in that state and vote there! But deadlines are fast approaching, have them do this now.

      And lastly, write your government officials. WE do not need a draft, because we do not need this "military action".

      Marsha Williamson <mswilliamson@...> wrote:
      I received this email as a "forward" from a reputable source. The two
      bills (identical HR and Senate bills were referred to the Armed Services
      Committee early this year and so far have not made it back to the Senate
      or House floors for discussion/action as far as I can tell. I would
      encourage everyone to look into this ASAP. If what they allude to is
      true with regard to moving this legislation quietly through while we are
      distracted by the election, a draft could begin as early as Spring 2005
      and our future is scarier than most of us are capable of imagining. See
      the paste below.
      Marsha Williamson

      Look what I got from Russell G. at Universal Records
      > today. I checked it out
      > via the link...these two bills are pending and I
      > believe that the
      > legislators are laying low until the election is
      > over to warm them up again.
      > Be on the lookout for them in the future.
      > Scary stuff. Really. It makes me sick.
      > Michael A./Dad
      > ----------
      > From: "Gatewood, Russell"
      > Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 23:44:03 -0500
      > Subject: FW: Mandatory draft..........
      > Guess what is QUIETLY being put through the House
      > and Senate - a DRAFT
      > starting 2005. If you are against this, you better
      > pass this on
      > IMMEDIATELY. I was not aware of this until I
      > received this today.
      > Mandatory draft for boys and girls (ages 18-26)
      > starting June 15, 2005, is
      > something that everyone should know about.
      > This literally effects everyone since we all have or
      > know children that
      > will have to go if this bill passes.
      > There is pending legislation in the house and senate
      > (companion bills: S89
      > and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation
      > so the draft can begin
      > as early as spring, 2005, just after the 2004
      > presidential election. The
      > administration is quietly trying to get these bills
      > passed now, while the
      > public's attention is on the elections, so our
      > action on this is needed
      > immediately. Details and links follow.
      > This plan, among other things, eliminates higher
      > education as a shelter and
      > includes women in the draft. Also, crossing into
      > Canada has already been
      > made very difficult.
      > Actions:
      > Please send this on to all the parents and teachers
      > you know, and all the
      > aunts and uncles, grandparents, godparents. . .
      > And let your children know - - it's their future,
      > and they can be a
      > powerful voice for change!
      > This legislation is called HR 163 and can be found
      > in detail at the
      > following website:
      > http://thomas.loc.gov/
      > Just enter in "HR 163" and click search and will
      > bring up the bill for you
      > to read. It is less than two pages long.
      > If this bill passes, it will include all men and ALL
      > WOMEN from ages 18 -
      > 26 in a draft for military action. In addition,
      > college will no longer be
      > an option for avoiding the draft and they will be
      > signing an agreement with
      > the Canada which will no longer permit anyone
      > attempting to dodge the draft
      > to stay within it's borders.
      > This bill also includes the extension of military
      > service for all those
      > that are currently active.
      > If you go to the select service web site and read
      > their 2004 FYI Goals you
      > will see that the reasoning for this is to increase
      > the size of the
      > military in case of terrorism. This is a critical
      > piece of legislation,
      > this will effect our undergraduates, our children
      > and our grandchildren.
      > Please take the time to write your congressman and
      > let them know how you
      > feel about this legislation.
      > www.house.gov www.senate.gov
      > Please also write to your representatives and ask
      > them why they aren't
      > telling their constituents about these bills and
      > write to newspapers and
      > other media outlets to ask them why they're not
      > covering this important
      > story.
      > The draft $28 million has been added to the 2004
      > selective service system
      > budget to prepare for a military draft that could
      > start as early as June
      > 15, 2005. Selective service must report to Bush on
      > March 31, 2005 that the
      > system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready
      > for activation.
      > Please see www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html to view
      > the Selective Service
      > System annual performance plan, fiscal year 2004.
      > The pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to
      > fill all 10,350 draft
      > board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots
      > nationwide. Though this is
      > an unpopular election year topic, military experts
      > and influential members
      > of congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's
      > prediction of a "long, hard
      > slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan (and permanent state
      > of war on terrorism)
      > proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to
      > draft.
      > entitled the
      > Universal National service Act of 2003, "to provide
      > for the common defense
      > by requiring that all young persons (age 18-26) in
      > the United States,
      > including women, perform a period of military
      > service or a period of
      > civilian service in furtherance of the national
      > defense and homeland
      > security, and for other purposes." These active
      > bills currently sit in the
      > committee on armed services.
      > Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those
      > from the Vietnam era.
      > College and Canada will not be options. In
      > December, 200 1, Canada and the
      > U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which
      > could be used to keep
      > would-be draft dodgers in.
      > Signed by Canada's minister of foreign affairs, John
      > Manley, and U.S.
      > Homeland Security director, Tom Ridge, the
      > declaration involves a 30 point
      > plan which implements, among other things, a
      > "pre-clearance agreement" of
      > people entering and departing each country.
      > Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable
      > along gender and class
      > lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter.
      > Underclassmen would
      > only be able to postpone service until the end of
      > their current semester.
      > Seniors would have until the end of the academic
      > year.
      > What to do: Tell your friends, Contact your
      > legislators and ask them to
      > oppose these bills
      > Just type "congress" into the aol search engine and
      > input your zip code. A
      > list of your reps will pop up with a way to email
      > them directly. We cannot
      > just sit and pretend that by ignoring it, it will go
      > away. We must voice
      > our concerns and create the world we want to live in
      > for our children and
      > grandchildren.

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