The Future of Selective Service
September 27, 2021 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET
Watch the youtube video here https://youtu.be/bLs7gdA29Wo
As one of only 20 people to have been prosecuted for resistance to themilitary draft since the end of the U.S. war in Indochina, Edward Hasbrouck "served" 4 ½ months in a Federal prison camp in 1983-1984 for refusing to register with the Selective Service System. In 2019, he was the only draft resister invited to testify before the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. He is a member of the War Resisters League and the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild, and is active in movements for peace, human rights, and youth liberation. His web site https://hasbrouck.org/draft/ is the most comprehensive resource about the draft, draft registration, and draft resistance in the U.S. since 1980.
Robert Levering is an Executive Producer and Advisor to the Boys Who Said NO! a recently completed film about draft resistance during the Vietnam era. (boyswhosaidno.com) He is currently working on a documentary entitled The Movement and the Madman about the impact of the 1969 Moratorium and Mobilization demonstrations in preventing Nixon from escalating the war (movementandthemadman.com) A draft resister himself, Robert was a full-time antiwar organizer for six years during the Vietnam War. A long-time journalist, he wrote an article on the current controversy about registering women for the draft: https://wagingnonviolence.org/2020/05/activists-fought-military-draft-conscription-congress-women-register/
Author/Activist Rivera Sun (CODEPINK) has written many books and novels, including The Dandelion Insurrection and the award-winning Ari Ara Series. She is the editor of Nonviolence NewsÂ and serves on the Advisory Board of World Beyond War. Rivera is the program coordinator for Campaign Nonviolence and the Nonviolent Cities Project. Her articles on peace and nonviolence have appeared in journals nationwide. www.riverasun.com
Kara Dixon Vuic is the LCpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in Twentieth-Century America at Texas Christian University and the author of The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines (Harvard University Press, 2019), which won the Tonous and Warda Johns Family Book Award from the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch.
Her first book, Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), won the Lavinia L. Dock Book Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing, was named a Book of the Year in History and Public Policy by the American Journal of Nursing, and was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.
She also edited The Routledge Handbook on Gender, War, and the U.S. Military (2017) and is co-editor (with Richard Fogarty) of the University of Nebraska Press’s book series “Studies in War, Society, and the Military.” She co-edited the forthcoming collection Managing Sex in the U.S. Military (University of Nebraska Press) and is writing a new book called “Drafting Women.”
For the last fifteen years, Lawrence Wilkerson was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In December 2020 he retired from that position. Before his professorship he was chief of staff to secretary of state Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State. He served 31 years in the US Army retiring with the rank of Colonel. His final military assignments were Special Assistant to then-chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell and, later, Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia. Today he is a Senior Fellow at the Eisenhower Media Network, senior nonresident fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and co-founder with Major General Dennis Laich (Ret)) of the All-Volunteer Force Forum.
Moderator John McAuliff is the executive director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development and coordinator of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee. As a student at Carleton College, he organized support for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and participation in the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964. After serving in the Peace Corps in Peru, he became the first President of the Committee of Returned Volunteers, leading its participation in the Vietnam anti-war movement, including the demonstration at the Chicago Democratic Convention. He represented CRV in national anti-war coalitions and the U.S coalition at international conferences in Sweden. For ten years he directed the Indochina Program in the Peace Education Division of the American Friends Service Committee, traveling on its behalf to Hanoi with a delegation from the Indochina Peace Campaign that arrived on April 30, 1975, the last day of the war. In 1985 he founded the Fund for Reconciliation and Development to continue his AFSC work for normalization of relations with Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After that was accomplished in 2005, he refocused most of his work on a similar goal with Cuba. He was "detained" at the March on the Pentagon and the Mayday civil disobedience action and while demonstrating against George Wallace during his Presidential campaign in New York.
"Registering women for the draft wouldn’t be a big departure from the past"
By Kara Dixon Vuic, Washington Post
"Expanding the Military Draft Is Not Feminism. Abolishing Draft
Registration Is." by Danaka Katovich Truthout
"A Feminist Take on the Selective Service" (white paper by Women's Action
for New Directions, formerly Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament):
"Women in Combat? Let’s Reframe the Debate"
by JERRY LEMBCKE in Ms. Magazine, 11/9/2015