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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 Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

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Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal

See Also Report on Jan. 17 formation of
CAN in Washington, DC and Sanfrancisco

Invitation and Schedule To February 22-23
National Conference of the Campus Ant-War Network (CAN)

Updated February 13, 2003: New Information Included: Location and directions to conference and welcoming party, speakers, workshops and breakout session topics, new housing options, entertainment options, more campuses participating

Invitation to National Conference of the Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) February 22-23, Chicago, IL

As global opposition grows to a war on Iraq, the Bush Administration seems to be more determined than ever to carry out another desert slaughter. Today, people around the world are looking for our generation to do its duty and stand up against this war. Tens of billions that will be spent on bombing and occupying Iraq means cuts in education here at home. An estimated 400,000 students will not be able to attend college next year because of the attacks on education spending. Tens of thousands of us have marched, organized speak-outs and vigils, attended teach-ins and made our voices heard. But as the war gets closer, it‰s time for us to get seriously organized on a national scale to make sure we have the greatest, most united impact possible. The people of Iraq are counting on us.

On January 17, regional conferences at George Washington University and San Francisco State University brought together representatives from over 70 colleges and universities to discuss strengthening the emerging anti-war movement. Delegates founded the Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) and voted to oppose the war on Iraq and educate and activate our classmates and campus communities. We also decided to call for emergency campus actions on the day after the US invades Iraq or escalates the bombing, as well as to endorse the mass protests in San Francisco and New York City on February 15 and 16 and to mobilize our campuses for the March 5 student day of action and student strike.

In order to help achieve these goals, CAN is organizing a national conference in Chicago on February 22-23 of campus-based, student anti-war committees. We believe that the best way to build an independent student voice within the anti-war movement as a whole is for the hundreds of schools with anti-war groups to get together, face to face, and democratically decide how we can all work together to stop this war.

All student anti-war activists are encouraged to attend the conference, but each school will be limited to two voting delegates to take part in decision making at the conference so that schools are not geographically under or over represented. All national anti-war groups are invited to send non-voting observers in order to build unity and coordination, but decisions will be up to student delegates.

REGISTRATION: As soon as your school decides to attend the conference, please forward the names of the delegates and all other attendees from your school to the following: csawn@hotmail.com. For questions regarding the conference, phone contact can be made at 773-227-7873.

REGISTRATION FEES: Every conference participant will be asked to pay a small, sliding scale registration fee to cover conference expenses like photo-copying, food, etc. The scale will be $5-$20. No student will be turned away for lack of funds as we understand that travel expenses for some participants are great.

LOCATION: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNING: The CAN conference will be held at Loyola University‰s Lakeshore Campus in the Roger‰s Park neighborhood of Chicago. Registration and check-in will be at Galvin Auditorium in the Science Library at Loyola. (See directions below.)

FRIDAY NIGHT: A welcoming party for those arriving Friday night will be held in the Chicago Loop at Monday‰s Bar and Restaurant, from 8:00pm til midnight. Free bar food will be available. Monday‰s is located on Lake Street between LaSalle and Clark Streets. This is steps from the Clark/Lake Street el stop on the Orange Line train (from Midway Airport) or Blue Line train (from Ohare Airport). Metered street parking and pay parking lots are plentiful in the Loop on Friday nights.

DIRECTIONS TO LOYOLA:

FOR DRIVERS: Detailed campus maps and driving directions are available at http://www.luc.edu/info/maps/. MAKE SURE TO USE MAPS LABLED LAKESHORE CAMPUS ONLY (Loyola has several Chicago area locations.) The Loyola U. Parking garage is located at Kenmore and Sheridan roads (see maps) on the main campus and costs $5 per day. Street parking is almost impossible in the area, so this is the best bet.

FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Red Line train ëLoyola‰ stop is only steps from our meeting room and signs directing people from the train stop to Galvin Auditorium will be posted. For people coming from Ohare airport, ride the Blue Line train from Ohare to the Washington stop in the Loop. Transfer at Washington to the Red Line train, heading north towards the Howard Stop. Get off at the Loyola Stop. For those coming from Midway Airport, take the Orange Line train towards the Loop to the Roosevelt stop. Transit at Roosevelt to the Red Line train, heading North towards the Howard Stop. Get off at the Loyola Stop. For more information on Chicago public transportation go to http://www.transitchicago.com/. Train fare is $1.50 one way and .30 for transfers. Fare cards are on sale at all train stops. Chicago Transit personnel are very helpful and are in all train stopsÖif you‰re lost, just ask. That friendly Midwestern hospitality will get you where you‰re going.

HOUSING: Students in Chicago will try to arrange free housing for all conference attendees who need it. Given the big number of participating campuses, we request that if you can make arrangements on your own, that would be a big help. Those who need housing arranged should email csawn@hotmail.com and rockgod9309@hotmail.com with the names and any special considerations (allergies, late arrivals, handicapped accessible, etc.) of all those who need a place to stay for either Friday and/or Saturday nights. Space is growing very limited so please request housing if you need to, but if you‰re able to arrange it on your own, Chicago has some very nice and cheap youth hostels. Try calling the Chicago International Hostel at 773-262-1011 (near Loyola) or the really beautiful Loop location at 312-692-1560.

FOOD: Students in Chicago are arranging food donations in order to provide light breakfasts and lunches for both Saturday and Sunday of the conference. Dinner on Saturday will not be provided but many cheap restaurants are within walking distance of the conference location. Maps will be provided. Vegetarian meals will be available but vegans or others with dietary restrictions should email csawn@hotmail.com so we know how many to accommodate.

INFORMATION FAIR: Supporting organizations can register to have table space during the conference in our organization fair. A $30 donation and pre-registration by emailing csawn@hotmail.com will be required. Participating organizations will be asked to respect the conference organizers and all other organizations in the fair by promoting unity within the antiwar movement.

A Proposed Agenda and Conference Procedural Information below.

Friday, Feb. 21, 8pm-midnight

--WELCOMING PARTY for housing assignments, meeting each other, Monday‰s
Restaurant, 203 N. LaSalle (entrance also on Lake Street between Clark and
LaSalle, see directions for more info)

Saturday, Feb. 22
9am-10am
--REGISTRATION, distribution of conference materials, breakfast, information
fair at Galvin Auditorium in the Science Library at Loyola U. Lakeshore
Campus (see directions)
10am-11am
--KEYNOTE ADDRESS FROM NORMAN SOLOMON AND OTHERS
10:45-11:15
--WELCOME FROM CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS, explanation of procedure, approval of agenda
11:15-12:30
--PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF PROPOSALS on points of unity and structure issues (non voting)
12:30-1:30
--LUNCH BREAK with informal regional networking (lunch will be provided on site)
1:30-3:00
--BREAKOUT SESSIONS to discuss and brainstorm action proposals and CAN organizing (specific topics tba, but will include CAN day of action, national or regional CAN protests, CAN website, listserv and newsletter, CAN coalition building and outreach, March 5 student strike, Highschool CAN, CAN fundraising, etc.)
3:00-4:30
--PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF PROPOSALS action/organizational proposals from breakout sessions (non voting)
4:30-5:00
--REST BREAK
5:00-6:30
--EDUCATIONAL/STRATEGY WORKSHOPS (topics include Media activism, Iraq from the Gulf War to the Present, Civil Disobedience Against War, After IraqÖWhat‰s Next in the War on Terror, Bush‰s Real War Aims, The Attack on Civil Liberties, Lessons from Past Antiwar Movements, Lobbying for the Antiwar Movement and others)
6:30-7:30
--DINNER ON YOUR OWN (possible addition of some fun workshops like street theater and protest music)
7:30-9:00 (optional)
--BREAKOUT SESSION for chairs and proposal makers to help organize Sunday's voting session
8:00-midnight
--PARTY with entertainment on two stages: Bojah and the Insurrection (soul, hip-hop and spoken word) and more live music at the Heartland Caf³ and next door at the Redline Tap, poetry, folk and protest music. All ages welcome and 10% off food for conference participants at the Heartland Caf³. Maps will be provided to conference participants.

Sunday, Feb. 23-Galvin Auditorium
10am-10:30
--PRESENTATION from previous night's proposal organizing breakout session
10:30-12:00
--DISCUSSION AND VOTES on points of unity and structure
12-12:30
--LUNCH BREAK (lunch provided)
12:30-2:00
--DISCUSSION AND VOTES on action proposals
2:00-3:00
--BREAKOUTS FOR WORKING GROUPS on passed proposals

Here's How the CAN National Conference Works

SCHOOL ANTI-WAR OR PEACE COMMITTEES: Two delegates will be recognized from every college or high school campus anti-war or peace group. Only one antiwar or peace group per campus please (where more than one exists, please meet to elect two delegates to represent the antiwar movement from your school.) These delegates will have to register at the conference in order to get their voting cards. Each school can bring as many students as they like and non-delegate students will have the chance to caucus with their delegates for decision making purposes before votes are taken. Delegates and non-delegate students will have full rights to participate (speaking, making proposals, working on CAN committees, chairing or facilitating, etc.) in all aspects of the conference, although delegates may be given priority to speak on certain items if time is running short.

GUESTS: CAN wants to build the greatest possible unity amongst anti-war forces across the country. Therefore, we are extending an open invitation to all anti-war groups (student or otherwise) to attend and participate in the National Conference open sessions on Saturday, February 22. There will be space for information tabling for a fee on both Saturday and Sunday. We welcome input about how to coordinate anti-war work within the student movement as well as between the student movement and other sectors (labor, religious groups, civil rights organizations, etc.) CAN's Sunday, February 23 decision making sessions will be limited to student delegates and non-delegate students from participating campus antiwar or peace committees. If you or your organization would like to attend the CAN National Conference, please email the Planning Committee at csawn@hotmail.com.

VOTING PROCEDURE: The National Conference Planning Committee voted to adopt a simple majority voting procedure for all conference questions. That is, all questions will be decided by a simple majority vote of the delegates. (For reference, there is a good basic Robert's Rules up on the www.antiwarconference.org website that was used for the January 17, San Francisco State University CAN conference.)

FACILITATING AND CHAIRING: The conference will operate on a simplified Roberts Rules of Order process, which will be distributed to all participants in advance of the conference, as well as included in the conference packet itself. Different chairs will be chosen for different sessions based on geographic representation. Antiwar committees are asked to send a list of possible chairs to csawn@hotmail.com. Chairing/facilitating a national conference can be challenging, so all attendees are asked to respect the chairs/facilitators and remember that they are only students trying to do their best, just like the rest of us.

PROPOSALS ON STRUCTURE OR PROCESS: Proposals regarding CAN structure and process must be submitted in writing to the Conference Planning Committee at csawn@hotmail.com no later than 6pm on Friday, February 21 in order to be considered on the floor of the conference.

PROPOSALS ON POINTS OF UNITY: Proposals regarding CAN's points of unity should be submitted in writing to the Conference Planning Committee at csawn@hotmail.com no later than Friday, February 21 at 6pm in order to be considered on the floor of the conference.

PROPOSALS ON ACTIONS and other things, such as committees, web sites, etc: These proposals should be submitted in writing to the Conference Planning Committee at csawn@hotmail.com no later than Friday, February 21 at 6pm in order to be considered on the floor of the conference.

Proposals NOT submitted in writing on time can still be brought to the conference. However, experience at the regional conference shows that there will be dozens of proposals on lots of different questions. The point of submitting them early, in writing, is so that they can be organized, grouped and presented in a coherent way to the conference in order to maximize our time. Proposals not submitted on time in writing will NOT be given priority over proposals submitted on time in writing. Of course, we will all have to be a little flexible on this point, but all schools should STRIVE to think about what they want to propose BEFORE they arrive and send those proposals to the Conference Planning Committee.

All these proposals will then be discussed on Saturday in non-voting, discussion sessions. Based on the written proposals and the Saturday discussions, a working group will prepare a presentation of emerging proposals to be considered on structure, points of unity, actions and other proposals on Sunday. Thus, the final proposals to be discussed on Sunday will be a combination of the written proposals that arrive in advance of the conference and the full day of discussion about those proposals on Saturday.

Here is a preliminary list of campuses participating in the national conference: San Francisco State University, Brown University, University of West Virginia, University of Chicago, George Mason University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis, University of California-Santa Cruz, Chico State, DePaul University, Loyola University, Northeastern Illinois University, Lane Tech High School, Notre Dame University, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, George Washington University, University of California-San Diego, Mills College, Washington State University, University of Oregon-Eugene, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Vermont-Burlington, Columbia University, California State Humboldt, San Diego State University, University of Maryland, University of Texas, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Ithica College, University of Michigan, Portland State University, College of DuPage, Lewis and Clark College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Susquehanna University, Earlham College, Swarthmore College, Notre Dame de Namur University, Rutgers University, University of Northern Colorado, Marshall University, Academy of Art-SF, University of Iowa, Harold Washington College, Stanford University, Grand Valley State University, Johnson State College-Vermont, Wayne State University, Knox College, Lawrence University, Rensellear Polytechnic Institute, SUNY-Albany, Siena College, University of Louisville, Vassar College, West High School-Madison, Kansas State University, Devry Technical Institute, City College of New York, Columbia College-Chicago, Mount Holyoke College, Chuou University-Tokoyoá Many more to come!

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