November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website,, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to, a multimedia blog and resource center.

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Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) - page 1 (plus early history)

Formation and growth of the US independent, democratic and grassroots antiwar
student movement - October 26, 2002 to January, 2005

Here, we present an index to the history of CAN from October 26, 2002 to the present. There is much that is not included, such as coverage of regional CAN conferences in other parts of the US (we're in the Northeast), and CAN's highly successful campus speaking tours (coordinated with partners such as the Muslim Students Association). We encourage people to visit for upcoming events, resources and information about CAN. Please consider ways to uplift this independent, democratic and grassroots student antiwar network. Special thanks to Katrina Yeaw, Kirstin Roberts, Emily Goldstein, Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Monique Dols, and Phil Gasper for giving suggestions on content, contributing photographs or providing narrritives.

San Francisco State University
Rally at Malcolm X Plaza
March 20, 2003

Rally at Malcolm X Plaza - click on image to see full size. Photos above and to the right courtesy of Katrina Yeaw.

San Francisco State University
March 20, 2003 - Walkouts

Walkout at SFSU.
Click on image for larger photo.
Photo courtesy of Katrina Yeaw.

Students walking out at SFSU
March 20, 2003

Click on image to see larger photo. Photo courtesy of Katrina Yeaw.

February 22-23, 2003
CAN First National Conference
Loyola University, Chicago

100 Schools sent delegates to national conference. See Photoalbum and Media Alert. photo © 2003 Charles Jenks


February 22-23, 2003
CAN Conference Student Organizers
Loyola University, Chicago



Todd Chretien, Eric Ruder, Anthony Moser and Monique Dols. Four of the many students who spoke to the conference. (The cost of showing anyone is that others are bound to be left out. We apologize for that, and direct you to the Photoalbum and Media Alert for more information. The album has only a sampling of moments from Day 1, so, again, many students who should receive recognition for their contributions are not included. photos © 2003 Charles Jenks

February 22-23, 2003
CAN Conference Delgates
Loyola University, Chicago

CAN is democratic. Each school represented at its conferences gets two voting delegates. Here, Kirstin Roberts, one of the primary organizers of the conference, addresses the student delegates and observers on behalf of the student organization at UIC. See Photoalbum and Media Alert. photo © 2003 Charles Jenks

February 22-23, 2003
CAN Conference Guest Speakers



The opening session included an opening session with Norman Solomon, media critic and author of the new book "Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn‚t Tell You;" Tomomi Nakamura, a student from Kokugakuin University in Tokyo and a leader of the Japanese student antiwar movement;  Jacob Park of the Center for Economic and Social Rights, and Charlie Jenks and Sunny Miller of the Traprock Peace Center. See Photoalbum and Media Alert. photos © 2003 Charles Jenks

February 22-23, 2003
CAN Conference Workshops

There were also 11 workshops taking up everything from "The impact of Bush‚s war on the Middle East" with Middle East expert Rashid Khalidi to "Media strategies for the antiwar movement," "Israel and Palestine," "An Introduction to Non-Violent Civil Disobedience" with Sunny Miller and "After Iraq, Where is Bush headed next?" See Photoalbum and Media Alert. photo © 2003 Charles Jenks

February 16, 2003 - Antiwar demonstration in San Francisco

Click on image to see larger size. We thank Phil Gasper for permission to publish this photo.

February 16, 2003 - San Francisco

San Francisco rally. Michael Smith (Berkeley) is being interviewed by the press in lower right. Click on photo to see large size; see another photo here. We thank Phil Gasper for permission to publish these photos.

"Campuses Say No to War", NYC
February 15, 2003

February 15, 2003
- Minou Arjomand, Columia University student, spoke at an 'indoor super-rally' organized by CAN after the mass rally that day in Manhatten. The rally also promoted the upcoming CAN national conference in Chicago, Feb 22-23. She was a primary organizer of the Chicago conference.

Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University professor and Chair of the Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures department, brought the house down with his indictment of the Bush administration. Here, his assistant is holding a copy of Guernica, which depicts the slaughter of innocents during war. The Bush Administration 'ordered' this covered up at the UN. A matter of a guilty conscience? Paintings and Poetry are dangerous foes to the Administration, apparently.Read the interview with Professor Dabashi concerning the dossier that was opened on him by "Campus Watch," a Daniel Pipes project to monitor professors of Middle Eastern studies in the US.

See photoJournal of rally.

Introduction (more on page 2)
National Campus Listserv Started
(giving rise to CAN)
October 26, 2002
Washington, DC and San Francisco

Oct 26 - One of the first good things that happened after the massive marches in DC and San Francisco were the convening of student organizations in each city. At George Washington University, about 200 students from 30 colleges and universities met to network with each other and to create a listserv. See Story with photos

See more about October 26th.

Introduction (more on page 2)
Jan. 17, 2003 - Campus Anti-War Network created at Washington, DC and San Francisco Student Conferences

Report and Photo Album of Conference in DC

National Sudent Conference in San Francisco - Conference report and pre-conference press release.


Jan. 17 - Helen Salmon of the National Union of Students (UK) spoke at the national student peace conference in Washington, DC (a sister conference took place at the same time in San Francisco. These conferences gave birth to a national grassroots student network, to be named the Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) at a singular national conference in Chicago, February 22-23.

Jeremy Corbyn, (Labour MP - UK) was the keynote speaker at the DC conference. Ms. Salmon and Mr. Corbyn both participated in a press conference with student organizers. Helen's visit as a student ambassador from the UK and Mr. Corbyn's 4 day visit to DC were arranged by the Stop the War Coalition (UK) and Traprock Peace Center. Working independently of Traprock, Peter Wood of George Washington University had met with Stop the War organizers in London and had been instrumental in Mr. Corbyn's invitation to speak. Traprock served as host and media liasion for Mr. Corbyn during his stay.

CAN's first march.
These student activists posed at the end of the mass January 18, 2003 march on Washington, DC with Jeremy Corbyn, MP (in red scarf). This march took place the day after CAN's first organizing conferences. photo © 2003 Charles Jenks

See also the PhotoAlbum of the January 18th DC March and the Action on Jan. 19th at Lafayette Park. The Album features Mr. Corbyn as a special guest to the US. He spoke at the mass rally to several hundred thousand people and met up with the CAN contingent at the end of the march. While he was in DC, he gave many media interviews, including CNN and the BBC, on the looming war and his impressions of US peace movement.

On Jan. 20, Mr. Corbyy met with leading US peace activists - this meeting included some of the primary student organizers of the Jan. 17 student conference.

See also CAN's early history

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Page created February 3, 2003 by Charlie Jenks; updated January 24, 2005