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Event information: The U.S. government under the Biden administration is in the process of deciding whether to ask the Supreme Court to hear the case National Coalition for Men v. Selective Service System, a soon-to-be landmark case regarding women and the military draft. With a deadline for the government to file its response to the request for the Supreme Court to hear this just having passed (April 14, 2021), it is crucial to highlight an array of voices that are often ignored in this national conversation.
This landmark decision could importantly lead to the abolition of draft (“Selective Service”) registration, leave Selective Service registration limited to men, or establish a precedent for the expansion of draft registration to women. As grassroots opposition to the military draft and draft registration seems to be systematically ignored by Congress, this panel will feature student activists, academics, and intersectional activists outside of the university who have varying views on why the draft should not be expanded to women. Panelists will interrogate issues such as whether the inclusion of women in a military draft is feminist, politics inclusion and liberation in queer and feminist politics, and transnational feminist approaches to the impacts of militarism and conscription on women domestically and abroad. The panel will end with a call to action from each of the speakers.
- Tyler Monson (Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Director of RMS, Dartmouth College)
- Sophie Williams (Editor and Writer for intersectional feminist zine Spare Rib, Dartmouth College)
- Rivera Sun (Feminist Activist, CODEPINK & World BEYOND War)
- Moderator: Sebastian Munoz-McDonald (Student Activist with Feminists Against the Draft, Dartmouth College)
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