Strengthening young people’s resistance to violence: Why I support FOR

Strengthening young people’s resistance to violence: Why I support FOR

By Michael Harrington
Saturday, December 29, 2012, 1:36pm

Strengthening young people's resistance to violence: Why I support FOR

I turned 18 in 1970, and was registered for the draft for the Vietnam war. To the dismay of my father, a career Army officer, I requested conscientious objector status. My Methodist youth pastor helped me walk through the C.O. process with the help of members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

That was my first encounter with FOR.

My mother and sister were my lone family support. Through it all, my church stood with me — even in the military-centric city of San Antonio, Texas. With help from FOR, I wrote about and then defended my pacifist stance. I received a 1-0 C.O.status. It was one of the only full 1-0’s granted in Texas during the draft years.


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