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See Stop the War Coalition.
Conference - London, December 10, 2005
The Campus Antiwar Network comes to learn, to network and to join delegates in exploring international cooperation
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Eric Ruder, International Socialist Review; Cindy Sheehan,
Goldstar Families for Peace; Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Campus Antiwar
Network Coordinating Committee. The conference held a reception for
US delegates on Friday, December 9, 2005 the night before the conference.
Eric was a student moderator at CAN's first unified national
conference in Chicago on February 22-23, 2003. (It's founding conferences
on January 17, 2003 were held in DC and San Francisco simultaneously.)
Alys Elica Zaerin (School Students Agains the War convenor)
met Elizabeth. The reception was a great gift as it gave Americans a
way to re-connect with each other, and also to meet and renew acquaintances
with British organizers.
Eric with Kelly Dougherty, Iraq Veterans Against the
War. Kelly is a founding memberof IVAW and speaks nationally on her
experiences as a soldier in Iraq. She was a featured speaker with Cindy
Sheehan on the military families panel the next day.
Students Pav Akhtar, Suzie Wylie (both of the UK's National Union of Students), Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (Campus Antiwar Network) and Peter Leary NUS). The British students are active in the Stop the War Coalition. This photo was taken after the British students led a meeting for well over 100 students at the conference. Elizabeth was invited to speak. See Video of Student Meeting.
Elizabeth with Hanna Abrahim of the Iraq organization Free Will.
Abrahim "described how occupation forces kidnap
women as hostages, "not as terrorists, but to threaten their men,
to let them know their women can be taken and held." She says "one
woman who was released, said the first question they asked her was 'are
you a virgin?' but the occupiers do not realize this will cause more
men to resist. It will bring more terrorism." She says "America
is bringing terrorism to Iraq." She describes as "absurd"
the notion that "we need war in order to have peace." She
concludes that Bush and Blair are 'bringing shame to their own countries.'"
Kevin Zeese's report.
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi; Kelly; Elizabeth; Charlie Jenks and
Omar Waraich. Omar is a writer and organizer in the UK. He was the keynote
speaker, as a student, at the Campus Antiwar Network's second national
conference on November 1-2, 2003 in Chicago. Here Omar's
speech given at that conference.
Charlie with old friend Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP -
Islington North. Jeremy gave the keynote address to CAN's founding
conference at George Washington University on January 17, 2003 (with
a sister conference held in San Francisco simultaneously.)
On December 11, the day after the conference, delegates
representing many international organizations gathered to share ideas
and explore international cooperation in peacemaking. Stop the War Coalition
(UK) convened and moderated the meeting. Also from the UK were the Campaign
for Nuclear Disarmament and National Union of Students. US groups included
United for Peace and Justice, Campus Antiwar Network, Veterans for Peace,
AfterDowningStreet, US Labor Against the War, Military Families Speak
Out, International Socialist Review and Traprock Peace Center.
This photographer called for a final shot so the various
delegates who were taking pictures could join in the group. It turned
into a clowning around session but the photographer (with the ugly camera
'fanny' pack) did at least get in the shot. People were feeling an unfamiliar
enthusiasm as they had just witnessed the start of a new level of international
cooperation. Thanks to the Stop
the War Coalition.
Photographs © 2005 Charles Jenks; all rights reserved.