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November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, 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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

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Campus Anti-War Network website

December 30, 2003

United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is sending a delegation of American activists to Iraq January 3-12. Khury Peterson-Smith, a representative of the Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) has been accepted to the delegation. The purpose of the delegation is to gain a better understanding of what life is like in occupied Iraq, and bring that information back to the US.  To that end, the delegation will be visiting hospitals, schools, and community centers, and meeting with workers, students, and community leaders.  It is an invaluable opportunity to experience and learn about the effects of the United States occupation first hand. Upon their return, the delegates will participate in a speaking tour to share their experiences, and promote education about the occupation of Iraq.

The Campus Antiwar Network was founded in the fall of 2002 in response to the growing recognition that a war in Iraq was imminent. While several campuses had developed local organizing bodies for their own students, no national organizations existed to democratically represent the flourishing student antiwar committees in the broader antiwar movement. At regional conferences hosted on the east coast at George Washington University and on the west coast at San Francisco State University, students representing activist collectives at some 50 American colleges and universities met to form the Campus Antiwar Network (CAN). At this conference, the student founders began to develop strategies for collaboration and discussion among campuses nationally. CAN’s national founding conference was held in Chicago in February of 2003.]

Since that time, CAN has grown to represent student antiwar organizations on more than 150 campuses across the US. CAN’s initial projects have included: developing a website; organizing days of action and education on various campuses; holding regional demonstrations in April calling for “Books not Bombs”; organizing a second round of regional conferences in the spring of 2003; organizing and coordinating actions for when the invasion of Iraq began at member institutions; developing literature and resources for new antiwar organizations; and speaking at several major anti-war demonstrations. This fall we had a very successful national speaking tour titled “Speaking Truth to Empire,” which included prominent activists and intellectuals including Howard Zinn, Rania Masri, Lou Plummer, Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali. In November we held our second national conference in Chicago and sent representatives to speak about the American antiwar movement at the European Social Forum in Paris. We have also built international connections with student groups in Japan, Britain, Mexico, Australia, France and Canada.

Going to Iraq is a costly endeavor. In order to attend the delegation, we will need to raise $2200. We are currently in the process of looking at a variety of ways to raise the needed funds. CAN is a genuinely grassroots organization, with no source of funding.  We are still in the final stages of getting the fiscal sponsorship that will allow us to apply for grants and improve our funding situation. Up until this time, our limited financial resources have come from fundraising at individual campuses. With your help we can continue to build a grassroots student opposition to unjust war and occupation.

We are grateful for any support you can offer. If you have any questions you can contact Monique Dols at 212-865-4796.

[Those interested in supporting this effort may make a donation to Traprock Peace Center.]

Thank you,

Khury Peterson-Smith, Rochester Institute of Technology Antiwar

Monique Dols, MidAtlantic Representative to the CAN Coordinating Committee, Columbia University Antiwar Coalition

Emily Goldstein, MidAtlantic Representative to the CAN Coordinating Committee, Vassar College Antiwar

Check out CAN's website at www.antiwarnetwork.org  ...

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