MARCH 11, 2003
Antioch College Community Members Against
Kelly Connolly: (937) 769-1449, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Hogan: (937) 7691474, email@example.com
Community Members of Antioch College Vote
Against the War on Iraq;
Full Day of Events Scheduled
SPRINGS, OHIO - March 11 - In a referendum including students,
faculty, staff, and community government Antioch College passed
a resolution opposing a pre-emptive strike on Iraq. A total of
328 community members voted: 308 in support of the resolution,
16 opposed, 4 undecided. The resolution states, ?we the members
of Antioch College declare that we will not support a war without
boundaries, without rationality and ultimately without just cause.?
vote follows two resolutions against the war passed on February
18, one by the faculty of Antioch College and a unanimous vote
by the elected members of the Administrative Council of the College.
In the past
months the College has hosted events on the subject of the Iraq
crisis including poetry and dramatic readings and a joint discussion
with the village of Yellow Springs. In addition, a day of workshops,
panel discussions, and performances about the threat of war with
Iraq will be held all day and evening Friday, March 14.
The full text
of the referendum is included below:
passed by the Antioch Community on March 4, 2003 OPPOSING THE
WAR ON IRAQ
As people in
a nation whose government has in the past chosen violence over
diplomacy, secrecy over public discourse and fear over understanding,
we are deeply saddened and angered that the call to war has been
made in such haste. As the hundreds of millions who share our
sentiments around the United States and around the world have
already stated, we, the members of Antioch College, declare that
we will not support a war without boundaries, without rationality
and ultimately without just cause. This declaration is a plea
for international diplomacy and due process over unwarranted bloodshed
and the fervent rush to war with Iraq.
strike against Iraq will not protect our national security, but
may, in fact, threaten it.
The Bush Administration
has failed to present irrefutable evidence of an imminent danger
to our national security.
against Iraq without United Nations consent violates International
Given the current
domestic economic situation, we believe that the funds allocated
toward a war effort would be better spent on education, housing,
health care, job training, and renewable energy.
Due to the
inevitable effects of war: loss of civilian life, destruction
of infrastructure, displacement of peoples, and environmental
devastation; all avenues to a peaceful resolution should be seriously
pursued to avoid armed conflict. A pre-emptive war and a regime
change will only serve to destabilize the region.
a disproportionate percentage of the U.S. armed forces are working-class
and people of color, the burden of war will rest unjustly on their
bombing and economic sanctions have primarily impacted the civilians
of Iraq; another war will further deprive the Iraqi people of
their basic human rights.
that American interests as defined by the Bush Administration
are not synonymous with the public interests. The true beneficiaries
of this war will be the few privileged enough to shape the consequences.
Let this declaration
not stand as the end to discussion and deliberation, rather, let
it be an invitation to further debate within our campus and our
country. Education only happens through discourse; therefore we
welcome all who wish to take part in the larger conversation.
"Let us not
be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination
to make the right things happen." -Horace Mann
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