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Time to Draft Women Too? A Call to End the Selective Service System for Everyone
Tue August 24 @ 7:00 pm EDT
Edward Hasbrouck outside the Federal courthouse in Boston before being sentenced for refusal to register with the Selective Service System, January 14, 1983. Photo by Tom Landers, Boston Globe.
With Edward Hasbrouck
“As we and many other peace-loving Americans see it, this is a choice about militarism, not a choice about gender equality. Expanding draft registration to women would bring about a semblance of equality in war (although women in the military would likely still be subject to disproportionate sexual harassment and abuse). Ending draft registration would bring about real equality in peace and freedom.” [Letter to Congress from anti-draft activists, March 2021]
Edward Hasbrouck is the only person to have been prosecuted in Massachusetts for resistance to the military draft since the end of the U.S. war in Indochina. An activist with Mass. Open Resistance and the National Resistance Committee, he “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, Resisters.info, is the most comprehensive resource about the draft, draft registration, and draft resistance in the U.S. since 1980.
In this timely webinar on an issue currently under debate in Congress, Ed will discuss:
- The largely-unknown history of Selective Service since the end of the U.S. war in Indochina, including how resistance to draft registration has prevented activation of a draft.
- Why Congress is now considering proposals either to end draft registration (as endorsed by Peace Action) or to expand Selective Service registration to women, and the fallacy of trying to expand draft registration to women as a path to gender justice.
- How draft registration and contingency planning for a draft enable planning for longer, larger, and less popular wars, and how ending draft registration could constrain war planning and empower young people and older allies to greater resistance to war and war preparations.