Duck Duck Book


18 – sister, uncle sam
05.17.2005, 12:01 am
Filed under: articles

“Sister, Uncle Sam wants you too” / By Vanessa Huang.
WireTap, posted 2 May 2005.
[http://www.alternet.org/wiretap/21897/]

A friend of mine recently thanked me, after a political meeting, for expressing some lofty “yes, we’re doing this small thing because we want the world to be a better place in the long run” logic.  This kind of motivation for action is really pretty common — people want things to be better, we want to feel better ourselves, and we are social animals.  Some will argue with me, but I believe we are all of us interested in making our world a better place to live in.  This can be expressed in many different ways, and people argue about what’s important or how to do things, but there are lots of ways to make change. 

Huang’s article discusses the U.S. military’s recruitment strategies for attracting women of color, and provides some analysis of why these strategies are working.  She interviews anti-recruitment activists and conscientious objectors about their strategies to show young women of color other paths to success and fulfillment in their lives.  The article is brief, so it won’t take much of your time, but it gets right to the heart of a very crucial issue and illustrates some of the good work that anti-recruitment activists are doing.

I think it’s worth remembering that what the women quoted in this article are doing is connected to the work that you and I do every day, even if we don’t think of our work as “peace work” or “anti-military work,” and even if we don’t think we’re doing work at all.  The anti-recruitment work discussed in the article is very connected to the small things I know you all do like fostering good relationships with your neighbors, the medium things like helping kids to have a voice in how schools are run, and the huge giant ones like making it harder for the United States government to prosecute foreign wars.  And all of this is more connected when we remember that we’re working together.

[thanks, Walidah]

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