Survivors Speak: From Hiroshima to 9-11
Student Peace Action Network has organized a New England campus speaking tour to bring important anti-war voices to college students and communities. Hiroshima survivor Seiko Ikeda (of the Japanese Congress Against A- and H-Bombs) and Andrew Rice (of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows), who lost a loved on on Sept. 11, will talk about their experiences of war and terrorism, recount their journeys to peace and share their thoughts on the necessity of peace and disarmament. All events are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 30: Harvard--Boston, MA. 5:30 pm, Science Center C. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, November 1: University of New Hampshire--Durham, NH. 3:00 pm, Memorial Union Building, Theater II. Contact email@example.com.
Saturday, November 2: Bowdoin College--Brunswick, ME. 4:00 pm, Kresge Auditorium. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 3: University of Maine--Orono, ME. 7:00 pm, Donald P. Corbett Building. Contact email@example.com.
Monday, November 4: Colby College--Waterville, ME. 4:00 pm, Lovejoy 100. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, November 5: University of Vermont--Burlington, VT. 6:00 pm, Angell Hall, Room B106. Contact email@example.com.
Wednesday, November 6: Dartmouth College--Hanover, NH. 7:30 pm, Dartmouth Hall. Contact Fan.Zhong@dartmouth.edu.
OngoingCall Your Representatives
Call your representatives and tell them to say no to a war on
Iraq. (Find out who your representatives are at congress.org, and then call the Congressional switchboard at
202-224-3121). These calls are especially important now because Congress has been increasingly
vocal in insisting that Bush consult them before launching a unilateral and unprovoked
attack against Iraq
and Bush has now said he will seek Congressional approval.
Tell your Congress members that a US war on Iraq will:
Instead, the US should pursue real solutions for global and national security:
- Take the lives of US soldiers and many innocent Iraqi civilians.
- Increase anti-American sentiment abroad.
- De-stabilize the Middle East.
- Undermine international cooperation.
- Defy international law including the United Nations (UN) charter.
- Open new doors for diplomatic alternatives to the current impasse.
- Lift economic sanctions that target Iraqi civilians.
- Negotiate, through the UN and other regional systems, a return of weapons
inspectors to the country.
- Support democracy and human rights throughout the Middle East.
- Strengthen international agreements to reduce weapons of mass destruction.
September 27SPAN Meeting
If you're coming to DC for the World Bank and anti-war protests, come to a SPAN
meeting Friday evening (especially if you can't make the October 12 council meeting). It's a chance
to gear up for the next two days of actions, meet other student peace activists, and talk
informally about plans for this year. Time and location TBA (not at our office, but probably
Note: SPAN works out of the Peace Action offices, which are right across the street from
the World Bank. Anti-globalization events, including World Bank quarantines, are planned
for most of this week, so if there is a lockdown in this area, we might not be able to get into
our building. If it looks like that's going to happen, we'll send out an alternate phone number.
September 28World Bank/Anti-Corporate Globalization Protests, Washington, DC
Sunday, September 29Anti-War Embassy March in Washington, DC
Judging from recent White House statements, Congress will probably vote on a resolution to attack Iraq in the first weeks of October, just before they adjourn to go campaigning. Demonstrate your opposition to this unjust war!
9:00 am - 1:00 pmA teach-in and training sessions
will be held about the history and current situation in Iraq and the skills
needed to organize in opposition. (Location to be announced). Contact: Mark
Cimino, Mobilization for Global Justice, (202) 271-7990.
2:00 pmA march against the war on Iraq starting in
Dupont Circle, (Massachusetts & Connecticut Aves., NW), going north on
Massachusetts, stopping at key embassies (Britain, Japan, Turkey, Egypt),
and ending with a rally outside Vice President Dick Cheney's house at the
Naval Observatory. Contact: Mike Zmolek, National Network Against War in
Iraq at www.endthewar.org.
October 7Coordinated Teach-ins on the War on Terrorism and Iraq
The anniversary of the start of the U.S. bombing campaign on Afghanistan has been
designated for nationwide teach-ins on the war on terrorism and Iraq. We've created a guide to organizing Oct. 7 teach-ins, and in the September issue
of the SPAN Grassroots Organizer you'll find handouts and flyers, including a fact sheet/timeline of a few of
the administration's exploits in the past year. (If you want to receive the Grassroots Organizer, email your request and snail mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Several other organizationsincluding Fourth Freedom Forum, Global Exchange, the Institute for Policy Studies, and STAND (Students Take Action for New
Directions)are participating to spread the effort to as many campuses as possible.
Coincidentally, the Alliance for Justice is having their annual First Monday civil
liberties event on October 7 (the first Monday the Supreme Court is in session). They are also
sponsoring teach-ins, mostly focusing on domestic civil liberties issues related to the war
on terrorism. If another group (or your group) is holding a First Monday event, consider
working together to effectively combine the events, or, if that's not possible, moving the
Iraq/War on Terrorism teach-ins to the weekend before or a day or two after.
October 12-13SPAN Council Meeting
This is the first SPAN Council meeting of the year! Converge in DC for a weekend of
brainstorming, planning, getting to know each other, and electing this year's SPAN Council.
Even if you're not planning on serving as a Council member, send someone from your group
to participate and help shape our campaigns and actions for the coming year. Travel
scholarships are available, and we can help you find housing.