Saturday, May 27, 2006

"Peopleof Conscience and the Morality of War – A Forum for Youth ConsideringConscientious Objection."

May 25, 2006

For additional information: Colin Schoder-Ehri, Bloomington Friends Meeting
E-mail:, Phone: 812-219-6517

Bloomington Friends Meeting and several co-sponsors present: "People
of Conscience and the Morality of War – A Forum for Youth Considering
Conscientious Objection."

Bloomington, IN – Bloomington Friends Meeting, Truth in Recruiting,
Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, and the I.U. students group
"Against the Occupation of Iraq" present a forum for youth considering
conscientious objection on Monday, June 12.

The Forum begins at 7:00 pm in the Monroe County Public Library, Room
I-B, with an introduction by Colin Schoder-Ehri, who intends to
request status as conscientious objector if a military draft is

Following the introduction will be will short statements by invited
speakers. Rev. Bill Breeden, Brown County author Hank Swain, poet
Patricia Coleman and others are giving personal perspectives on the
following questions:

Are any wars good?
Are you willing to be ordered to kill?
What happens when you decide to follow your conscience?

After these opening statements all participants are invited to share
their thoughts and views on these issues, in a discussion moderated by
Matt Turrissini.

Young people will have the opportunity to discuss and consider how
someone makes the decision to become a conscientious objector and what
steps they would need to take to establish their status as a
conscientious objector in case of a draft.

There will also be information about how someone who is already
serving in the military can obtain conscientious objector status, and
either leave the military or serve in non-combat-related functions.

Handouts will be provided about the reality of war, and about
educational opportunities, career options, and ways for young people
to serve their country outside of the military.

The event is free and open to the public.

"People of Conscience and the Morality of War"
A Forum for Youth Considering Conscientious Objection.

Monday, June 12, 2006
7:00 pm
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1-B,
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue


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