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Subject: Military Draft expected to start June 15, 2005

As a parent, and as a citizen who opposes what I believe to be an
illegal and immoral current military action, I think that if this is
true, it is egregious arrogance to choose to make a process to send more
young men and women as fodder for biased political adventures. I am
absolutely for the safety and survival of all our military personnel,
past, present, and future.

If there are children in your family, READ this.

There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89
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.

See the following websites to view Bills:
Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward,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 2001, 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
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

This plan, among other things, eliminates higher education as a shelter
and includes women in the draft.

Please send this on to all the parents and teachers you know, and all
the aunts and uncles, grandparents, godparents.... And let your children
it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for change!

Please also contact your representatives to ask them why they aren't
telling their constituents about these bills -- and contact 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
(sss) 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

Please see website: to view
the sss 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 a
permanent state of war on "terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may
have no choice but to

For the full list of Senate &House Representatives (53) and websites, go
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