Youth Empowerment for Peace

Syracuse – The Syracuse Peace Council is helping Syracuse-area youth speak out against a possible war in Iraq.

"Youth Empowerment for Peace", a group of eighteen Syracuse youth from four high schools, sponsored an educational program last night titled, "Behind the war; What youth need to know".

Andy Mager, co-coordinator of the Peace Council says young people have a role in addressing issues of war and peace and will feel the effects of a war in Iraq.

Mager says young people can participate in demonstrations and encourage debates and discussions in their schools.

Another thing many young people are not aware of according to Mager, is that schools are mandated by law to turn over names and phone numbers of all students to military recruiters. He encourages young people to exercise their right to opt out of that.