tabling at Prospect HS April 3, 2018

The big news at PHS today - I found out from one of the staff that over 500 students walked out March 14 in solidarity with the victims of the school shooting in Parkland FL. That's about 25% of the student body. Not bad. Would have been nice if it had been 100% but still.

The picture below was taken by a friend that is a teacher at BGHS. It is a picture of a banner that was signed by students in all six of the District 214 schools. It made the rounds of the schools and then was sent to Parkland FL in a show of solidarity. Very encouraging to see the students engaged in this way. Hopefully it will have some lasting effect.



tabling at Wheeling HS 3/13/2018

Continuing on our very very informal survey about whether women should be required to register for Selective Service - we had 6 "yes" and 1 "no". I've been keeping track because the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service is taking written statements through April 19 and has begin a series of public forums across the US. There has already been one in Pennsylvania. Illinos is one of the states that will have a forum; where and when has not yet been announced. But if it works out we could maybe present the students' feelings at the public forum.

Thanks to Roger for joining me. Nice to have company.



tabling at Buffalo Grove HS 3/12/2018

Hard to compete with ping pong tournament. Yes, they were having a ping pong tournament in the cafeteria during all the lunch hours. It was pretty loud and wild.

Nevertheless I did get a few students to vote on whether selective service should be extended to women - 11 yes; 1 no.

My friend Kate who teaches there came down for part of her lunch hour. She isn't always able to do this but when she does it's always a treat. I learned that the students at BG are participating in the walkout Wednesday, March 14. She also told me that all the schools in District 214 and District 211 developed a banner which made its way to all the schools and over 1,000 students signed it. The plan is to send it to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland FL as a show of support.She has a picture of the banner and as soon as she sends it to me I'll post it.

We also talked about the insanity of arming teachers. She's retiring soon and just in time. She has no interest in carrying a gun. Eventually the gun will be used by one of the teachers or staff the wrong way. It's inevitable.



tabling at Hersey HS March 8, 2018

Happy International Women's Day!

I haven't been to Hersey HS in years. For the past several years Pat has been going, but, sadly she's no longer with us.

Wasn't able to draw as many students to the table as I had hoped. Everyone was walking by with their eyes glued to their phones. But there were a few.

One young man has already enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program. We talked for a few minutes. I just emphasized that he needed to understand what he was getting into. I'm not sure they ever do. I couldn't tell from his expression if he was having second thoughts or just didn't want to think about it. I didn't tell him he was making a mistake; I just emphasized that he needed to know what he was getting into. Later I realized I should have given him our brochure on the DEP and a card for the GI Rights hotline. Darn! His final comment was "Well, someone's got to do it". I thought to myself "Really? Someone has to do it???"

This group voted 3 "no" and 6 "yes". That's the most "no's" I've gotten anywhere.

One student and I talked for a few minutes to a teacher about the March 14 walkout. He was aware and felt he couldn't endorse a position one way or the other. But he did say the students wouldn't be stopped from doing so.

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tabling at Prospect HS March 6, 2018

Since it was Women's History Month, I put up the display about women and selective service and asked the students to vote "yes" or "no" to the question "Should women be required to register for Selective Service". Twenty-two voted "yes"; one voted "no".

One of the young women voting asked who voted "no". I told her I didn't know the name but it was a young man. To which she replied "Figure it'd be a guy". Which I found pretty amusing.

Long talk with one of the security guards who did two tours in Iraq. He feels we did the right thing in Iraq because he was there when they had their first election and he thought it was a positive step forward. Generally people have the opposite opinion - they think we were somewhat justified in invading Afghanistan since they had harbored the 9/11 bombers but that we had no business in Iraq. He seemed to suggest that he had returned with his own set of demons but feels he was fortunate in finding help.

Talked to a few students about the proposed March 14 walkout. Most seemed oblivious. It's possible more interest will be generated closer to the date. I will be at a school on the 12th and 13th so I'll see if there is more interest.

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