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our new book on militarism
At a comfortable distance from warfare, our culture easily passes over its horrific reality in favour of an appealing, even romantic, spectacle of war. Yet, over the last decade, most Britons have opposed Western military ventures abroad. This book takes a fresh look at a culture of militarism in Britain, public resistance to it, and the government's increasingly prodigious efforts to regain control of the story we tell ourselves about war.
'Faith Activism: Does it Work?': Christian Peacemaker Teams' European Convergence day
We'll have a stall to tell people about our work and answer questions, give out our leaflets & reports, & sell our book 'Spectacle, Reality, Resistance: Confronting a Culture of Militarism'. Saturday 16 May, 9.30am-5pm, see here.
Inaugural Peace Agenda discussion event
Organised by Conscience, Emma Sangster (ForcesWatch) will be speaking along with Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, and Marigold Bentley, Quaker Peace & Social Witness, on challenges for peace builders. Thursday 21 May, 7pm, London, see here
Militarism in Education
Peace Pledge Union conference with Sam Walton (Quaker Peace & Social Witness) and Emma Sangster (ForcesWatch). Saturday 6 June, London, see here
Security for the future: In search of a new vision
Here they outline their concerns about the existing model, and offer a different vision for the future, welcoming input from anyone who wishes to engage in this debate. Read more
Watch our new film - Engage: the military and young people
Why does the military have a 'youth engagement' policy and why is the government promoting 'military ethos' within education? What is the impact of military activities taking place in schools? This short film which explores these questions and gives teenagers the opportunity to voice their reaction to the military’s interest in their lives.
Watch the film trailer below:
Watch with Welsh subtitles here
Sign the petition to raise the age of recruitment
A funny short film by a young boy on The Militarization of Boys
Raise the age to join the army to 18
By William and Noah
A 4 part investigation of 'the soldier myth' - talking to soldiers about recruitment, training, fighting and coming home
Several recent armed forces recruitment and promotion events have raised concerns about the way that the armed forces are presented to young people, such as the Army's "big boys' toy show".
On Tuesday 6 May, Resist Militarism Network in Glasgow hosted a very well-attended and engaging public meeting on 'Challenging the Militarisation of Youth in Scotland'.
Click here to watch the videos of the three talks: Owen Everett, ForcesWatch Education Worker, spoke on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland; Ben Griffin from Veterans for Peace UK on recruitment and the militarisation of youth; and Lesley Orr from Glasgow University on the centenary of the women's peace conference at The Hague. Click here for photos from the event.
All three of the UK armed forces offer sponsorship to students in the sixth form or equivalent, in return for a minimum of . The Army have recently reformed their 'Sixth Form Scholarship Scheme'. It is now called the 'Army Officer Scholarship Scheme', and the updated overview document notes two major changes. Firstly, from 2015, the scheme 'will automatically include a provisional award of an Army Undergraduate bursary, so you won't have to apply for it separately.'...
Experts warn the “floodgates” of post-traumatic stress are about to open, as a top armed forces charity claims mental health issues among military personnel have risen 26 percent over the last year.
"Militarism has no place in classrooms. This resource is ideologically driven and should be withdrawn."
The Government has been accused of helping indoctrinate children with pro-military values through a new schools pack aimed at promoting the armed forces.
The Government's material for schools about the armed forces has been criticised today by the human rights group ForcesWatch and Quakers in Britain.
'Youth in Canada - particularly young people of faith - are increasingly concerned about militarism in our society; and how this affects them...'