Public Education and Outreach

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The CCW public education program is vital to the continued effectiveness and life of the organization. CCW is committed to:

  • providing information on the theological, historical and legal dimensions of conscientious objection and military conscription;
  • providing information on how to document one’s convictions as a conscientious objector;
  • providing draft and military counselor training;
  • alerting the public to proposed changes in regulations and legislation affecting conscientious objectors;
  • serving as an international resource center for documents relating to military conscription and conscientious objection;
  • assisting youth to decide what they believe about participation in war and military service;
  • documenting and reporting human rights violations arising from military service and conscientious objection.

The primary vehicles of public education are the following:


CCW produces accurate and detailed information pieces on conscientious objection, draft registration, and other related topics. These publications help youth and others make informed decisions about draft registration and participation in warfare, and offer advice on dealing with these complex issues. They are a fundamental part of CCW’s program of outreach and education.

  • Selective Service Registration / Military Draft information 
  • Military (Active Duty / Reserves / Guard) information
  • The Reporter for Conscience’ Sake newsletter
  • Other resources available

The CCW Network

The primary source of grassroots support for CCW programs is the emerging CCW Network. The Network consists of some 400 individuals who have agreed to support CCW and COs by (a) responding to Urgent Action requests, and (b) conducting local education. Network members have generated some 250 letters supporting the defunding of Selective Service and draft registration and Latin American COs Luis Gabriel and Cesar Barrios.

Outreach to Religious Bodies

CCW outreach efforts to religious bodies have consisted of participation in conferences, article writing, and membership in related religious organizations. Among the organizations and associations CCW is affiliated with are: (a) CPS reunions, (b) The Fellowship of Reconciliation, (c) New Call to Peacemaking, (d) COPRED, (e) denominational gatherings, and (f) Prisoner Visitation and Support.

We are expanding our outreach through participation in interfaith conferences, regional gatherings of clergy, and youth forums. We are expanding our outreach to African-American, Hispanic and other groups not sufficiently represented by CCW, seeking their active membership and participation in the organization.

The Reporter for Conscience’ Sake

The Reporter is CCW’s regular newsletter designed to inform readers about national and international developments in the areas of conscientious objection, militarism and human rights. It is sent to all donors. An online version is also available here.

The Reporter 2020

The Little Commission that Could, but Didn’t: A Recap of the Three Year Journey of the Commission on Military, National and Public Service.

CCW Statement to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service

“The Center is opposed to all forms of conscription.”

The Reporter for Conscience’ Sake: Fall 2019

Perspectives on Korea: Then and Now featuring “Conscientious Objection to the Korean War” by Bill Galvin.

Anabaptist Statement to the Commission on Military, National and Public Service

“As conscientious objectors, we believe Jesus commands reverence for each human life since every person is made in the image of God.”

The Reporter for Conscience’ Sake: Summer/Fall 2018

A History of the Selective Service System Violating the Rights of Conscience

The Practical Guide for Conscientious Objectors in the Marine Corps

The purpose of this Guide is to empower and inform conscientious objectors within the Marine Corps. 

Registration and Basic Draft Information

Advice to youth facing registration with the Selective Service by the Center on Conscience and War.

Analysis of the 2007 GAO Report on Conscientious Objectors

The GAO (Governmental Accountability Office) released its official study on conscientious objection within the...

Draft Law: Who is a Conscientious Objector?

Many people have serious questions about whether it is right to take part in war. Sometimes without knowing the term or concept they may be conscientious objectors.

Should I Register for the Draft?

Advice to Conscientious Objectors facing Selective Service registration.