From Protest to Resistance – Campus Antiwar Network

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FROM PROTEST TO RESISTANCE
Regional Student Antiwar Conferences
Sponsored by the Campus Antiwar Network
http://www.campusantiwar.net/

Recently the US government has stepped up its bombing campaign in Samara to the highest level of intensity since the onset of the war. Even though public support has turned against the war and active resistance has begun in many sectors of the country and in the military, the movement is not at the necessary organizational levels to attain a complete withdrawal of American forces from the Middle East. Meanwhile, large demonstrations are being planned in cities across the country in April. This comes at a time when many politicians, Democrat and Republican, are supporting policies of “re-deployment” or outright military action against Iran.

Students are becoming organized and have been making great strides in fighting recruitment, fostering debate, and demonstrating for civil liberties. At this crucial time in the antiwar movement it is essential that a unified student front emerge to fight campus repression and to end the war. Real strategies for active resistance need to be developed to motivate the overwhelming public support into viable solutions.

Campus Antiwar Network is establishing regional conferences to develop the true student power needed to breakdown the military machine that has relentlessly torn several countries asunder. Workshops will look at concrete steps to end the war. Anyone is welcome to attend and campuses are encouraged to send as many people as they can. With the spirit of grassroots democratic action, we can truly set in motion the catalyst to change.

MIDWEST
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois Chicago
April 22
contact: schwartz2020@gmail.com

NORTHEAST
New York City, NY
April 29 & 30
(to coincide with the April 29 protest in New York City to bring all the troops home now)
contact: monkeywithsoda@hotmail.com

WEST
Students and Educators to Stop the War Conference
San Francisco, CA
Mission High School
April 22
contact: tigger482@gmail.com

SOUTH
location and date to be announced
contact: originalman777@aol.com

For more information, contact the people above or visit:
http://www.campusantiwar.net/

Free Speech and Dissent on Campus

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Free Speech and Dissent on Campus in the Age of the ‘War on Terror’

WHEN: Thursday, March 30, 2006: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: Lecture Hall North, 1 Pace Plaza 2nd Floor, Pace University NYC
Given Pace University’s threatened expulsion of two students for using their constitutionally guaranteed Right to Free Speech, Press and Assembly, and the continuing resistance of Pace administration to recognize two student clubs, Campus Anti-War Network and Students for a Democratic Society the time for a discussion of free speech on campus couldn’t be more urgent.

Furthermore, with the climate of fear generated by the ‘War on Terror’, the Bush Administration’s justification for the use of torture, unlimited detention without trial of any non-citizen and illegal spying on domestic groups and individuals, the renewal of the PATRIOT Act, the vilification of Arabs and Muslims and political repression at other campuses around the country, there is a national dimension to this urgent discussion.

Come and be a part of this open forum of concerned faculty and students

Speakers Include:

Faiza- from the Muslim Students Association at Pace: What is the Impact of Islamophobia on the Arab and Muslim Community?

Chris Williams- Communications Professor: The New McCarthyism and its Role in the ‘War on Terror’

Ida Dupont- Criminal Justice Professor: Implications of legalized Torture, Spying, and the PATRIOT Act for Civil Liberties in the United States

Brian Kelly & Lauren Giaccone- CAN and SDS Student Activists: Challenges to Freedom of Expression at Pace

Roger Salerno- Sociology Professor- Free Speech Movement and S.D.S: Lessons from the Past, Relevance for the Future

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field- National CAN Steering Committee: Campus Repression in the United States Student Anti-war Movement
SPONSORS: Campus Antiwar Network (CAN), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Muslim Students Association, (MSA), THINK Environmental Club, Political Science Department, Sociology-Anthropology-Criminal Justice Department

Campus Antiwar Network website

Stop the War Coalition Conference – London

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STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER
No 2006/7: March 30
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
Telephone 020 7278 6694

5TH ANNUAL STOP THE WAR CONFERENCE
The past year has been very eventful for Stop the War Coalition. We have
held two national demonstrations — making 14 in total — the latest on 18
March being the largest since 2003, the year of the Iraq invasion. Our
international peace conference in December 2005 was hugely successful,
attracting over 1500 delegates, including for the first time delegates from
Iraq. We have developed further links with the global anti-war movement,
particularly in the United States, and we have now established significant
links with prominent opposition figures in Iraq, such as Sheik Zagani from
the Al-Sadr movement.

An important development has been the increasing number of military families
who have contacted us, following the loss of loved ones in Iraq, because
they want to be active in opposing a war which has brought them such
suffering. We have been able to put them in contact with Military Families
Against the War, an organisation whose dignity and resolve to get justice
for their relatives is an inspiration to all of us in the anti-war movement.

We also have an increasing number of families of serving soldiers in Iraq
contacting us because they too want to be actively involved in the campaign
to end the occupation and bring the troops home before any more soldiers are
killed or injured for a war based on lies.

The warmongers are under ever increasing pressure, with close to two thirds
of Americans now saying they oppose the war, polls in Britain showing
consistently high levels for withdrawing British troops and over 70 per cent
of US soldiers in Iraq saying they think they should leave the country.

The endless series of revelations about torture, prisoner abuse, illegal
kidnapping and the random killing of Iraqi civilians has derailed all
attempts by Bush and Blair to present themselves as the upholders of
“freedom” and “democracy”.

The more Bush and Blair suffer politically for their war crimes and the
catastrophes they have produced in Iraq and Afghanistan, the greater the
likelihood that they will try and deflect attention by attacking Iran,
making it as important as ever that the anti-war movement not only continues
to mobilise for an immediate end to the occupation in Iraq but builds the
widest opposition to any future war plans.

This is the context in which Stop the War Coalition’s fifth annual
conference will be held on Saturday 10 June at Friends House, Euston Road,
London. The conference is open to delegates from our local and affiliated
groups and to individual Stop the War members (see below). As before, the
conference will debate resolutions and elect Stop the War’s national
Steering Committee, but in addition we will be holding a number of
workshops, lead by keynote speakers and covering a wide range of topics,
including:

– Iraq Today: Towards Democracy of Civil War?
– Why Iran is Under Threat
– Where Now for Palestine?
– Latin America ? the Next Target?
– The Forgotten Wars in Africa
– Civil Liberties and Guantanamo
– Islamophobia and the Anti-War Movement
– Military Families Against the War

BASIS OF DELEGATIONS
All of Stop the War’s local and affiliated groups will be circulated shortly
with re-affiliation details and the basis for delegations to the conference.
Only groups which have re-affiliated will be able to send delegates. All
names of delegates must be registered with the national office by 2 June.
The cost for delegates is £10.

CONFERENCE OBSERVERS
Individual Stop the War members who wish to attend the conference as
observers must register with the office not later than 2 June but are
advised to submit their names as early as possible as there will be limited
space. The cost for observers is £10.

RESOLUTIONS AND ELECTIONS
Any local or affiliated group is entitled to enter resolutions for
discussion and voting on. The Steering Committee may also submit
resolutions. Nominations for the Steering Committee elections can be made by
local and affiliated groups and names should be submitted to the national
office no later than Friday 26 May.

5th NRC Commissioner Objected to Immediate nuke power boost

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New England Coalition Alert

Dear NEC Members:

So why did NRC’s fifth Commissioner, Gregory Jaczko, object to immediate implementation of Vermont Yankee’s power boost? His letter of dissent is attached. NEC’s appeal for a stay of the uprate approval until legitimate safety concerns are investigated by the ASLB is a critical piece of the puzzle.

Jaczko argues that the NRC has no business approving complex license amendments which were never intended to be approved without a public hearing. Large power boosts, he argues, are an example of license amendments that involve significant safety hazards and require consideration of them. In the case of VT Yankee being granted the largest power boost ever granted by NRC, he suggests that the use of the “no significant hazards consideration” was inappropriate. Such immediate approval is only intended to be granted when the finding of “no significant hazards consideration” for a license amendment is a no-brainer, not when legitimate safety concerns must first be examined through an on-site inspection and months of hearings, or when these concerns are still pending before the NRC’s own quasi-judicial branch, the ASLB. Jaczko argues: “A no significant hazards consideration determination that could not be finalized without the staff’s safety evaluation report appears to meet none of the standards set by Congress or the Commission. It certainly does not appear that the determination was made with “ease” or “certainty.” The point missed in the press coverage that followed Jaczko’s dissent is that the concern he expressed is essentially NEC’s argument for a stay. In NEC’s appeal, Staff Technical Advisor Raymond Shadis pointed out the Commissions’ double standard in refusing Senator Leahy’s request for a thorough steam dryer examination because, as Nils Diaz said, “the Commissioners must remain impartial during the pendency of a case whether it is before a Licensing Board or on appeal to the Commission.” Yet NRC seems willing to abandon its professed impartiality quickly enough when the industry asks to crank up power before the jury is in on the intervenor’s safety contentions. As Shadis wrote, to allow the power boost to proceed before the ASLB has even heard the case “would deny New England Coalition effective redress and due process; and subject New England Coalition; its constituents and members living within the emergency planning zone of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, to the irreparable harm of unnecessary increased risk of accident and accident consequences.”

“The Commission must not abandon its stance of impartiality to grant such permission,” Shadis wrote. Although Jaczko concurred with the Uprate approval, he expressed serious concern about its premature implementation. In an unusual departure from typical NRC decisions, Jaczko appended his concerns to the Commission’s denial of the stay as follows:

“My approval of today’s decision should not be construed as agreement with the determination that this license amendment should be immediately effective. My concerns regarding this license amendment being immediately effective are being addressed in another forum.” The other forum is his letter, which is attached to this email.

So why did the NRC refuse the NEC’s request for a stay? Their reasoning is a monument to the tortured logic and twisted intention which Jaczko laments in his dissent. NRC states in its Memorandum and Order CLI-06-08 “It would appear that delaying the license amendment, as NEC requests, would harm Entergy without any obvious benefit to the public interest.”

Go figure.

Sally Shaw
The New England Coalition
802-257-0336

..Home

(Sally Shaw is a member of Traprock Peace Center’s Core Group)

NRC Document:

10 Arrested in Nuclear Power Protest

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http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060329/NEWS/603290314/1003/NEWS02

10 arrested in nuclear power protest

March 29, 2006
By Daniel Barlow Rutland Herald

BRATTLEBORO — Ten people were arrested Tuesday for blocking the main entrance to Entergy Nuclear’s corporate offices during a protest to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.

The activists crowded themselves inside the glass vestibule leading into the company’s main Brattleboro office after covering the building perimeter with yellow police tape. Protesters referred to the area as “a crime scene” as they read a list of charges they believe should be brought against the owners of Vernon’s Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

“If Entergy believes that Vermont Yankee is safe, then, damn it, they should prove it with an independent safety assessment,” Bill Pearson of Brattleboro said. “If the plant is safe, then fine. If not, we have stopped a possible catastrophe.”

Brattleboro Police arrived at the scene within 30 minutes. They asked protesters to leave the vestibule. When the protesters refused, the police parked patrol cars alongside the building and began arresting the activists one by one. The exchange was brief and cordial; several officers complimented the activists on the folk songs they sang.

Each of the 10 protesters was charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful trespass and disorderly conduct, and was released several hours later on citations to appear in court at a later date.

Entergy spokesman Rob Williams had no comment.

Activists from Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have targeted Entergy’s offices in recent months and the peaceful protests have resulted in dozens of arrests. Windham County State’s Attorney Dan Davis has dropped charges against previous protesters and has said he would review each case before bringing charges.

But Tuesday’s protest included the added symbolism of the partial core meltdown of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, which occurred March 28, 1979. Occurring seven years before the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Russia, the Three Mile Island accident is credited with changing public perception of nuclear power.

To mark the anniversary of the first nuclear accident on U.S. soil, about 30 protesters walked three miles from a downtown park to Entergy’s corporate offices on Old Ferry Road. They waved signs, banged on drums, strummed guitars and sang peace songs as they walked down traffic-heavy Putney Road.

Deb Katz, executive director of the anti-nuclear group of the Massachusetts-based Citizens Awareness Network, said she recalls canceling a trip to Albany, N.Y., for fear of radiological fallout in the days following the nuclear accident.

Now she lives fewer than five miles from the decommissioned Yankee Rowe power plant and 16 miles south of Vermont Yankee. She said nuclear power continues to worry her.

“We need to pray for all those that suffered and pray that we don’t join them,” Katz said.

The protest against nuclear power began noon Monday, as a small group gathered outside Entergy’s offices on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro. [Sunny] Miller continued the vigil overnight on a small plot of grass near one of the company’s parking lots.

She said she kept warm in the 20-degree evening weather with heavy blankets, warm soup brought by friends and a lot of thinking. “I found it very helpful to sit and contemplate the problem,” Miller said. “And I thought of several new ways to continue our protests.”

Arrested Tuesday were: Eric A. Schickedanz, 40, of Guilford; Daniel H. Sicken, 64, of East Dummerston; Walter Schwartz, 79, of Brattleboro; Jane Newton, 74, of South Londonderry; Eric J. Wasileski, 33, of Erving, Mass.; Jonathan “Thomas” MacLean, 80, of Greenfield, Mass.; Thomas A. Wilson, 72, of Shelburne Falls, Mass.; Stephen H. Cobb, 43, of Turner Falls, Mass.; Sandra M. Streeter, 63, of Bernardston, Mass.; and Jon R. Ward, 45, of Gill, Mass.

Contact Daniel Barlow at daniel.barlow@rutlandherald.com.

See Nuke Notes for updates at http://www.traprockpeace.org/nuke_notes/

10 arrested at VY protest
By ANDY ROSEN, Reformer Staff

http://www.reformer.com/headlines/ci_3649612

Wednesday, March 29
BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Police arrested 10 protesters, including four Vermonters, near Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee headquarters on Tuesday during a second consecutive day of demonstration.

Walter Schwarz of Brattleboro, Eric Schickedanz of Guilford, Daniel Sicken of Dummerston, Jane Newton of Londonderry, Eric Wasileski of Erving, Mass., Jonathan Thomas MacLean of Greenfield, Mass., Thomas Wilson of Shelburne Falls, Mass., Stephen Cobb of Turners Falls, Mass., Sandra Streeter of Bernardston, Mass., and John Ward of Gill, Mass., were all arrested around 1 p.m. for failing to comply with officers and failing to remove themselves from private property. All 10 protesters were taken to the Brattleboro Police Department and released on citation to appear in court.
Recently, the state’s attorney’s office has dropped charges against people arrested at Vermont Yankee protests.

There was no indication Tuesday about how the office will handle these cases. A woman who answered the phone said nobody was available to comment. Reached at home, State’s Attorney Dan Davis said he had the day off and couldn’t speak about the arrests.
Many of those arrested had walked from downtown Brattleboro in a march organized to commemorate the 27th anniversary of a nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.

10 arrested at Vermont Nuke Protest

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10 arrested in nuclear power protest

March 29, 2006
By Daniel Barlow Rutland Herald

BRATTLEBORO — Ten people were arrested Tuesday for blocking the main entrance to Entergy Nuclear’s corporate offices during a protest to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.

The activists crowded themselves inside the glass vestibule leading into the company’s main Brattleboro office after covering the building perimeter with yellow police tape. Protesters referred to the area as “a crime scene” as they read a list of charges they believe should be brought against the owners of Vernon’s Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

“If Entergy believes that Vermont Yankee is safe, then, damn it, they should prove it with an independent safety assessment,” Bill Pearson of Brattleboro said. “If the plant is safe, then fine. If not, we have stopped a possible catastrophe.”

Brattleboro Police arrived at the scene within 30 minutes. They asked protesters to leave the vestibule. When the protesters refused, the police parked patrol cars alongside the building and began arresting the activists one by one. The exchange was brief and cordial; several officers complimented the activists on the folk songs they sang.

Each of the 10 protesters was charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful trespass and disorderly conduct, and was released several hours later on citations to appear in court at a later date.

Entergy spokesman Rob Williams had no comment.

Activists from Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have targeted Entergy’s offices in recent months and the peaceful protests have resulted in dozens of arrests. Windham County State’s Attorney Dan Davis has dropped charges against previous protesters and has said he would review each case before bringing charges.

But Tuesday’s protest included the added symbolism of the partial core meltdown of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, which occurred March 28, 1979. Occurring seven years before the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Russia, the Three Mile Island accident is credited with changing public perception of nuclear power.

To mark the anniversary of the first nuclear accident on U.S. soil, about 30 protesters walked three miles from a downtown park to Entergy’s corporate offices on Old Ferry Road. They waved signs, banged on drums, strummed guitars and sang peace songs as they walked down traffic-heavy Putney Road.

Deb Katz, executive director of the anti-nuclear group of the Massachusetts-based Citizens Awareness Network, said she recalls canceling a trip to Albany, N.Y., for fear of radiological fallout in the days following the nuclear accident.

Now she lives fewer than five miles from the decommissioned Yankee Rowe power plant and 16 miles south of Vermont Yankee. She said nuclear power continues to worry her.

“We need to pray for all those that suffered and pray that we don’t join them,” Katz said.

The protest against nuclear power began noon Monday, as a small group gathered outside Entergy’s offices on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro. [Sunny] Miller continued the vigil overnight on a small plot of grass near one of the company’s parking lots.

She said she kept warm in the 20-degree evening weather with heavy blankets, warm soup brought by friends and a lot of thinking. “I found it very helpful to sit and contemplate the problem,” Miller said. “And I thought of several new ways to continue our protests.”

Arrested Tuesday were: Eric A. Schickedanz, 40, of Guilford; Daniel H. Sicken, 64, of East Dummerston; Walter Schwartz, 79, of Brattleboro; Jane Newton, 74, of South Londonderry; Eric J. Wasileski, 33, of Erving, Mass.; Jonathan “Thomas” MacLean, 80, of Greenfield, Mass.; Thomas A. Wilson, 72, of Shelburne Falls, Mass.; Stephen H. Cobb, 43, of Turner Falls, Mass.; Sandra M. Streeter, 63, of Bernardston, Mass.; and Jon R. Ward, 45, of Gill, Mass.

Contact Daniel Barlow at daniel.barlow@rutlandherald.com.

See Nuke Notes for updates at http://www.traprockpeace.org/nuke_notes/

10 arrested at VY protest
By ANDY ROSEN, Reformer Staff

http://www.reformer.com/headlines/ci_3649612

Wednesday, March 29
BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Police arrested 10 protesters, including four Vermonters, near Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee headquarters on Tuesday during a second consecutive day of demonstration.

Walter Schwarz of Brattleboro, Eric Schickedanz of Guilford, Daniel Sicken of Dummerston, Jane Newton of Londonderry, Eric Wasileski of Erving, Mass., Jonathan Thomas MacLean of Greenfield, Mass., Thomas Wilson of Shelburne Falls, Mass., Stephen Cobb of Turners Falls, Mass., Sandra Streeter of Bernardston, Mass., and John Ward of Gill, Mass., were all arrested around 1 p.m. for failing to comply with officers and failing to remove themselves from private property. All 10 protesters were taken to the Brattleboro Police Department and released on citation to appear in court.
Recently, the state’s attorney’s office has dropped charges against people arrested at Vermont Yankee protests.

There was no indication Tuesday about how the office will handle these cases. A woman who answered the phone said nobody was available to comment. Reached at home, State’s Attorney Dan Davis said he had the day off and couldn’t speak about the arrests.
Many of those arrested had walked from downtown Brattleboro in a march organized to commemorate the 27th anniversary of a nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.

ExxonMobil War Boycott

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March 21, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Nick Mottern nickmottern@earthlink.net,
http://www.consumersforpeace.org

CINDY SHEEHAN, HOWARD ZINN AMONG NOTED LEADERS
FOR PEACE ENDORSING THE EXXONMOBIL WAR BOYCOTT

pdf version of press release

The ExxonMobil War Boycott campaign announces endorsements by Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn, and a host of internationally known activists and writers, with support from national and regional peace and justice organizations. (The full list of endorsers is given below.)

Consumers for Peace launched the boycott campaign on December 29, 2005, seeking an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops and mercenaries from Iraq and the impeachment of George W. Bush and prosecution of U.S. officials responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The campaign urges consumers to boycott of ExxonMobil products and to purchase of CITGO products as an alternative.

ExxonMobil has been selected for boycott because of its apparent active involvement in U.S. policy in the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular, and its power to help change these policies.

The campaign urges the boycott of products and services of nine consumer products firms connected with ExxonMobil through its board of directors. They are: Campbell’s Soup; Carlson Companies (Radisson Hotels, TGI Friday’s); Corning Inc. (Steuben Glass); Metlife; Novartis; Pfizer; Verizon; Wells Fargo and Wyeth.

ConsumersforPeace.org describes connections between ExxonMobil and U.S. Middle East and Iraq policies and seeks to mobilize consumer pressure that will persuade the oil firm to start to lobby on behalf of the boycott’s goals. ExxonMobil says it spent $7.7 million on lobbying in 2004.

ConsumersforPeace.org is an organizer of the March to Redeem the Soul of America, to be held in Texas April 1 -16. The march will begin with a press conference at 10 a.m., April 1, at ExxonMobil headquarters in Texas and other a two-week period will go from there to Dallas, then south to Waco and west to Crawford and the Texas White House. It will conclude on Easter Weekend at the celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of the Crawford Peace House, in Crawford.

These organizations and individuals endorse the ExxonMobil War Boycott called by Consumers for Peace.

Organizational Endorsers:

After Downing Street
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org

Association of Humanitarian Lawyers
http://www.humanlaw.org/

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
http://www.bpac.info

Campus Antiwar Network
http://www.campusantiwar.net

Coalition Against War and Injustice (Baton Rouge)

Covington (Louisiana) Peace Project

Consumers for Peace
http://www.consumersforpeace.org

Democrats.com
http://www.democrats.com

Goldstar Families for Peace
http://www.gsfp.org

International Socialist Organization
http://www.internationalsocialist.org

Midsouth Peace and Justice Center

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Office of the Americas
http://www.officeoftheamericas.org

Progressive Democrats of America

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Traprock Peace Center
http://www.traprockpeace.org

Wespac Foundation
http://www.wespac.org

Individual Endorsers*:

Adam Roufberg, Natural Philosophers International

Annie and Buddy Spell, Louisiana peace activists (Annie is president
of the Greater Covington, LA branch of the NAACP)

Anthony Arnove, author, “Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal”; co-editor
with Howard Zinn, “Voices of a People’s History of the US”

Camilo Mejía, Staff Sgt., Florida National Guard, was the first soldier to go public with his refusal to redeploy. He spent seven months in military confinement for his decision. He is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War – http://www.ivaw.net

Charles Jenks, J.D., Chair of Advisory Board – Traprock Peace Center

Cindy Sheehan, Co-founder – Gold Star Families for Peace

Dahr Jamail, independent journalist who spent over 8 months
reporting from occupied Iraq

David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org

Dennis Kyne, Gulf War veteran, activist and author of “Support the
Truth”

Dirk Adriaensens, coordinator SOS Iraq and member of the Executive Committee of the Brussells Tribunal, Belgium

Don DeBar, correspondent, WBAI, New York

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, National Coordinating Committee – Campus
Antiwar Network

Eric Ruder, reporter – Socialist Worker newspaper

Gabriele Zamparini, freelance journalist and film maker living in
London; co-editor of www.thecatsdream.com

Howard Zinn, Ph.D., historian, playwright and activist; author of “A People’s History of the United States” and co-editor with Anthony Arnove of “Voices of a People’s History of the US” Jacob Flowers, Director – MidSouth Peace and Justice Center

Judy Linehan, Military Families Speak Out

Kären Ahern Digging Deeper Media Collective, member VFP of Western Washington

Karen Parker, J.D., Pres. Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, UN non-governmental organization delegate.

Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, co-founder – Voices For
Creative Non-Violence

Lindsey German, Convener – Stop the War Coalition (UK)

Michael Letwin, Co-Convener – New York City Labor Against the War

Nick Mottern, National Director – Consumers for Peace

Nada Khader, Executive Director, Wespac Foundation

Norman Solomon, Author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and
Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death”

Paola Pisi, professor of religious sciences (Italy) and editor of
http://www.uruknet.info

Phil Gasper, Ph.D., Chair – Department of Philosophy & Religion, Notre Dame de Namur University, Professors for Peace

Sanford Russell, moderator of Boycott US (yahoo group)

Sharon Smith, author of “Women and Socialism : Essays on Women’s Liberation”

Stan Goff, Master Sergeant Retired, US Army

Sunny Miller, Executive Director – Traprock Peace Center

Thomas F. Barton, publisher, GI Special

Tim Baer, Director – Bloomington Peace Action Coalition

Tim Carpenter, National Director – Progressive Democrats of America

Ward Reilly, SE National Contact – Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Baton Rouge

*Affiliations are for identification purposes only.

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April 1 Southern Regional March

Join Dr. Joseph Lowery and Rep. Cynthia McKinney at the

SOUTHERN REGIONAL MARCH for PEACE IN IRAQ and JUSTICE AT HOME

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2006

http://www.georgiapeace.org/

a date linking the 3rd anniversary of the war, March 20, with the 38th anniversary of Dr. King´s death, April 4

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Gather at the King Center, 450 Auburn Avenue, at noon
March step-off at 1 pm; Piedmont Park Rally 2 – 4 pm

BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
A Just Peace in Iraq / Civil and Human Rights for All

People Before Profits

Drummers, Giant Puppets, Dancing Flowers for Peace!

Join thousands coming from across Georgia, from

Birmingham, Huntsville, Nashville, Memphis,

Tallahassee, Orlando, Gainesville,

Fayetteville, and Asheville!

For more information-groups coming from your

area/state, driving directions, etc.

www.georgiapeace.org

404-522-4500 AprilFirstMarch@yahoo.com

Friday, March 31

Join Amy Goodman and Dr. Joseph Lowery

for an Atlanta Tribute Fundraiser for

Damu Smith, founder, Black Voices for Peace

Hillside Chapel & Truth Center, Inc.

2450 Cascade Road, Atlanta GA 30311

6-7:30 pm Sponsor´s Reception & Book Signing

8-10 pm

THE TRIBUTE

Suggested minimum Donation $10 Children Free

When possible, print off and help distribute the

two-sided leaflet available at
www.georgiapeace.org – good graphics
on the front and endorsers, speakers
and the March 31 event with

Amy Goodman on the back!

Socialism 2006

Build the Left, Fight the Right

Socialism 2006

June 22–25, 2006 Columbia University, New York City
http://www.socialismconference.org/

A weekend of debate, discussion, and entertainment

What you’ll find at Socialism 2006

NEARLY 100 MEETINGS on topics ranging from Marxist theory to the politics of
sports.
BOOKFAIR, FILMS, entertainment…and dance parties.

JOIN WITH…

Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis, authors, No One Is Illegal!
Anthony Arnove, author, Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal
Phil Gasper, editor, The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History’s Most
Important Political Document
Amy Goodman, host, Democracy Now!*
Sam Farber, author of The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered
Joshua Frank, author, Left Out!
Suheir Hammad, poet and spoken-word artist
Toufic Haddad and Tikva Honig-Parnass, authors of Between the Lines, a forthcoming
book on Palestine
Mike Marqusee, author, Wicked Messenger: Dylan in the 1960s
Marlene Martin, national director, Campaign to End the Death Penalty*
Giuliana Sgrena, journalist, Il Manifesto and author of Friendly Fire*
Ahmed Shawki, editor, International Socialist Review*
Sharon Smith, columnist, Socialist Worker, and author of Subterranean Fire
Toni Smith, Manhattanville College basketball player who protested the Iraq War on
court*
Etan Thomas, Washington Wizards’* center/power forward and author, More Than an
Athlete
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, national coordinating committee, Campus Antiwar Network*
David Williams, author, A Peoples’ History of Civil War
The Welfare Poets, hip hop artists and activists*
Dave Zirin, Nation.com* sports columnist and author, What’s My Name Fool?
AND MANY MORE…
*affiliations for identification only

AN ENTIRE U.S. city is nearly destroyed while the Bush administration fiddles.
Politicians in Washington cut Medicaid and student loans while they add to the nearly
$500 billion tab for an overwhelmingly unpopular war in Iraq. Bigots like the
Minutemen scapegoat immigrant workers while anti-abortionists try to strip women
of the right to choose. Meanwhile, the Democrats seem to offer no alternative to

Bush’s attacks.

Clearly, the need for an alternative on the left—an alternative that speaks to the
millions of ordinary people who are fed up with war, attacks on workers, and threats
to our civil rights—is more pressing than ever. Building that alternative is up to
us—and Socialism 2006 is a great place to start.

Socialism 2006 provides a place where activists from today’s fights against the Right
can come together to discuss how we can rebuild the Left and win a world where
ordinary people will decide the priorities of our society. Join us in New York for a
weekend of more than 100 meetings on all sorts of topics, plus a book fair, activists’
tables, parties, and entertainment!

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006
6pm—10pm. Registration at Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway
(Broadway at 114th)
8pm. Evening forums
9:30pm—midnight. Reception with cash bar

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006
8:30am—9:30am. Registration at Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway (Broadway at
114th)
9:30am—12:30pm. Meetings
12:30pm—1:30pm. Lunch
1:30—5:30pm. Meetings
7:30pm. Evening forum
9:30pm—1am. Party with cash bar

SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2006
8:30am—9:30am. Registration at Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway (Broadway at
114th)
9:30am—12:30pm. Meetings
12:30pm—1:30pm. Lunch
1:30—5:30pm. Meetings
7:30pm. Evening forum
9:30pm—1am. Party with cash bar

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2006
9:30am—10:30pm. Registration at Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway (Broadway at
114th)
10:30am—12:30pm. Meetings
1:00pm – 2:00 pm Final rally

REGISTRATION
Registration Rates
Early registration (online only—by May 1) $85
Regular registration—whole conference $100
Two day pass $70
Single day pass $35
Single session $10

Online Registration

Visit http://www.socialismconference.org/register.html

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Write: Socialism 2006, c/o ISR, P.O. Box 258082, Chicago, IL 60625
Call: 773-583-8665
E-mail:info@socialismconference.org
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Ashley Smith
ashley05401@yahoo.com

Tent State University at UMASS

Traprock Homepage

We’d like to invite you to participate in Tent State University (TSU), an event that’s going to be happening on the UMass-Amherst campus from April 17-21. TSU is a week-long outdoor alternative university shaped by the students, workers, and community members.

The problems with public higher education in this country are myriad. What Tent State does is provide a framework for change. It’s our opportunity to enact our positive vision of what a public university could and should be: a democratically-controlled public space that brings together a diverse group of people, from both inside the university and from the surrounding communities, to exchange ideas, art, and culture.

We’re going to have professors and graduate assistants opening up their classrooms to the general public. We’re going to have workshops, teach-ins, and discussions out on the lawn under the tents. We’re going to have artists from the community: musicians, poets, and theater troupes performing for free throughout the week. There will be opportunities for taking part in direct actions and peaceful protest. And we’re going to have public forums to talk about the issues that are of concern to the attendees and a chance to make decisions about how we want to proceed with advocating for systemic changes in public higher education.

We would love to have you or your group come and participate in Tent State. You can get involved by planning a workshop, by volunteering to perform, or by simply showing up and taking part in the various activities throughout the course of the week. If you’re interested in teaching a workshop, a form is attached. If you want to get involved in another way, please email tentstateumass@gmail.com.

Best,
Darren Griffis
Tent State Organizing Committee

Vice President
Graduate Employee Organization (GEO)/UAW 2322

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