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Groups urge Hispanic youths to stay away from military enlistment

AP- Los Angeles, CA - Anti-war activists in Los Angeles have launched a national campaign that claims military recruiters are unfairly targeting minorities at high schools. An organizer with Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools says too many poor, Hispanic youths have died in the war in Iraq.

The coalition wants schools to limit the presence of recruiters on campus and to do a better job of informing students about how to keep the military from obtaining their personal data.

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, recruiters can obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of high school juniors and seniors unless parents or students sign a form opting out.

Organizers plan to begin a campaign to urge students at about 30 schools to sign the forms.

The advocates plan to educate students and their parents "to keep our children from being cannon fodder," Rosalio Munoz, coordinator for Latinos for Peace, said during a news conference in East Los Angeles.

The coalition will also discourage students from taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, a military recruitment tool.

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