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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 13, 2003
7:53 AM
CONTACT: Campus Anti-War Network  
Newsroom: 802-363-4699
Speaking Truth to Empire: End the Occupation of Iraq! - A Nationwide Speaking Tour, Fall 2003
 

BURLINGTON, VT - October 13 - Millions of people marched against the war last year- calling to stop the war the before it started. Now, months after "military aggression has ended," the antiwar movement continues to organize!

Iraq faces unstable conditions, sporadic electricity, and unsanitary water because of the US invasion. Iraqis are finding midnight raids, crack-downs on protests, humiliation and death. As Medea Benjamin said, "Iraqis sense they've lost their country."

Yet large corporations are racing to cash in on markets and resources- from Halliburton to Bechtel, while innocent people continue to die. The American troops in Iraq who expected to be greeted by the Iraqi people are today finding that they are being used as cannon fodder in an illegal war for oil and empire.

Micheal Ignatieff of the New York Times Magazine said as much recently. "It was never simply a matter of preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction; rather, it was about consolidating American power in the Arab world."

Domestically, Americans have been forced to pick up the bill to fund this modern-day colonialism, on top of increased cuts in social spending from state to federal levels. "Moreover, the government is looking for more cuts to health care and veterans' benefits, and job loss continues on a massive scale."

Seeing that the brutal occupation is just the next step of a brutal war, the Campus Antiwar Network and Muslim Students' Association is organizing a national speaking tour to speak truth to these horrors and expose the occupation for what it is: The United States controlling- at the end of a gun-the country of Iraq.

End the Occupation of Iraq! Money for Schools and Jobs, not War!

Speaking Truth to Empire is coming to a campus near you!

Featured Speakers* :

* Tariq Ali, author of upcoming book, 'Bush in Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq, and Clash of Fundamentalisms'

* Ahmed Shawki, Editor, International Socialist Review

* Medea Benjamin, Director of Global Exchange

* Noam Chomsky, author, 'Media Control'

* Rahul Mahajan, National Board member, Peace Action

* Anthony Arnove, Editor, Iraq Under Siege

* Rania Masri, Director, Southern Peace Research & Education Center; contributer, Iraq Under Siege

* Michael Parenti, author, 'Democracy for the Few'

* Lou Plummer, Military Families Speak Out, and Bring Them Home Now

* Faruq Abd'al Haqq (AKA Robert Crane), Chairman, Center for Understanding Islam

* Norman Solomon, director, Institute for Public Accuracy

* Terry Rockefeller, 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

* Howard Zinn, author, 'A Peoples History of the United States'

* John Farrell, Voices in the Wilderness

* Military Families and Veterans

* And More!

* * Organizations are listed for identification purposes only

Upcoming Locations and Dates:

[Oct 8 - 10 dates at Columbia, Berkeley, UNC at Greensboro and Chapel Hill were very successful - see itinerary at end.]

  • Oct. 14, NEW YORK, NY

PACE UNIVERSITY - 4-6 PM

Multi Purpose Room, with Dr. Richard Garfield, Dr. Bnimri Aziz, Saram Harak, Anthony Arnove, organized by Arab Alliance of PACE University.

Contact: Arab_Alliance@yahoogroups.com

  • Oct. 14, NEW YORK, NY

SYNOD HALL - 7PM

110th St & Amsterdam - with Verso Press and Center

for Economic and Social Rights, with Tariq Ali and Amy Goodman

Contact: Monique Dols mjd139@columbia.edu

  • Oct. 15 - MADISON, WI

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 6 PM

Memorial Union, with Lou Plummer from Military Families Speak Out, John Farrell from Voices in the Wilderness

Contact: Sam Swenson: sd_swenson@hotmail.com

  • Oct. 15, SEATTLE, WA

SEATTLE CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE- 7 PM

With Medea Benjamin--Global Exchange, Mike Dedrick--Vietnam Veteran, President of Veterans for Peace--Chapter 92, Western Washington, Counselor for GI Rights Hotline; Arab American Community Coalition (speaker TBA) Darrin Hoop--student at SCCC, ISO

Contact: Darrin Hoop: darrinhoop@hotmail.com , http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=darrinhoop@hotmail.com

  • Oct. 16, NEW YORK, NY

HUNTER COLLEGE - 7:30 PM

Hunter West 217, with military family member and others

  • Oct. 16, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY ­ 4PM

1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco. Humanities Building Room 133

with Medea Benjamin- Global Exchange; Michael Parenti, and Eyad Kishawi from the Free Palestine Alliance & ANSWER,

Contact: Katrina Yeaw: kyeaw@sfsu.edu http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=kyeaw@sfsu.edu

  • Oct. 16, CHICAGO, IL

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS - CHICAGO - 5 PM

750 S. Halsted, Latin American Cultural Center

With Lou Plummer from Military Families Speak Out, others

Sponsored by Campus Antiwar, call 312-316-2634 or write uicnowar@hotmail.com for more info.

  • Oct. 16, CHICAGO, IL

NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY 1:40 - 3:00 PM

Room 2071 of the Classroom Building

with Lou Plummer from Military Families Speak Out

write neiu_antiwar@yahoo.com for more information

  • Oct. 16, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

VASSAR COLLEGE- 8 PM

With David Cline from Veterans for Peace

Contact: Emily Goldstein : EMGOLDSTEIN@VASSAR.EDU, 917-921-2978

  • Oct. 17, AUSTIN, TX

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - 7 PM

Jester Auditorium, 21st and Speedway

With Rahul Mahajan; Caroline Hallman, Military Families Speak Out, and Lisa Krebs (CAN).

Contact: Warren Craig: warrenc36@yahoo.com http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=warrenc36@yahoo.com

  • Oct. 21 - COLLEGE PARK MD

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - 7 PM

Hoff Theater, Stamp Student Union

With Tariq Ali and others

Contact: Nick Chin: smashmoloch@yahoo.com http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=smashmoloch@yahoo.com

  • Oct. 21 ­ COSTA MESA, CA

ORANGE COAST COLLEGE - 7 PM

OCC Science Hall with KPFK radio host and co-producer Sonali Kolhatkar; and Military Families Speak Out

Contact: jeremiahhepner@yahoo.com

  • Oct. 21 - BURLINGTON, VT

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT 7 PM

Memorial Auditorium Annex, Main Street

With Rania Masri, John Farrell from Voices in the Wilderness

Contact: Kathleen Brown: angel5396@yahoo.com, 802-864-9678

  • Oct. 21- BOSTON, MA

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY - 6 PM

with George Capaccio; Military Families Speak Out

Contact: Joe Knott: knott.j@neu.edu

http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=knott.j@neu.edu

  • Oct. 22, NEW YORK, NY

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY - 6:30 PM

Rosenthal Pavillion, Kimmel Center; 60 Washington Square North

With Tariq Ali, Ahmed Shawki, Military Families Speak Out

Sponsored by the Islamic Center of NYU

Contact: Sarah Wolf, srw236@nyu.edu

  • Oct. 22 - GAINESVILLE, FL

CIVIC MEDIA CENTER- 8 PM

with Noam Chomsky, 'Dilemmas of Dominance' at the University of Florida.

  • Oct. 23 ­ ROCHESTER, NY

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - 7 PM

With Anthony Arnove

Contact: Khury Petersen-Smith: subterranean_fire@mail.com

  • Oct. 29 - SUPERIOR, WI

UNIVERSITY of WISCONSIN- SUPERIOR ­ 7 PM

Katheryn Ohman Theater, with Rania Masri

Contact: Bob Kosuth : rkosuth@uwsuper.edu

http://us.f129.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=rkosuth@uwsuper.edu&YY=4024

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  • Dec. TBA - CAMBRIDGE, MA

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

with Howard Zinn

  • Brown University- TBA
  • University of Cincinnati- TBA

Speaking Truth to Empire is endorsed by:

Democracy Now! (www.democracynow.org). A daily radio and TV news program on over 160 stations, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the U.S.

Haymarket Books -(www.haymarketbooks.org) Haymarket Books is a non-profit, progressive book distributor and publisher, a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change

Military Families Speak Out- (www.mfso.org) . An organization of people who are opposed to war in Iraq and who have relatives or loved ones in the military.

New York City Labor Against War

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows -( www.peacefultomorrows.org) An advocacy organization founded by family members of September 11th victims who have united to turn our grief into action for peace

South End Press - (www.southendpress.org)- Is a nonprofit, collectively run book publisher with more than 200 titles in print. Publishers of Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and many more.

SpeakOut -( www.speakoutnow.org) The country's only national not-for-profit organization that promotes progressive speakers and artists on campuses and in communities.

Traprock Peace Center - (www.traprockpeace.org) Together We Explore Nonviolence, Foster Community, Work to end war, Promote Communication & Take Initiatives on Justice and Environmental Issues.

War Resisters League - (www.warresisters.org) Organizers of "Roots", a campaign promoting nonviolence, justice and an end to the militarization of youth. The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity. We therefore are determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of all causes of war.

War Times - (www.war-times.org) The country's only free national antiwar newspaper- War Times is being produced to help broaden and deepen the fight against the Bush program by compiling information and analysis, and putting them into the hands of large numbers of readers.

More to come!

Contact Information

For the most up-to-date information on the tour, go to the Campus Antiwar Network's site- (www.antiwarnetwork.org) .

The tour is co-sponsored by Muslim Students' Association- (www.msa-natl.org) .

The Speaking Tour was proposed and voted on during CAN's regional conferences in the spring, and is being organized soley by students on campuses with anti-war coalitions! If you are part of a student anti-war coalition, and want to be part of the Campus Antiwar Network, visit http:www.antiwarnetwork.org .

CAN is always looking for help on getting the word out and organizing against the occupation. Want to host a stop? Want to endorse? Send us an email canspeakingtour@yahoo.com, or call 802-363-4699

CAN POINTS OF UNITY:

We are an independent, democratic, grassroots network of campus-based antiwar committees.

1. We stand opposed to all unjust wars.

2. We stand opposed to the occupation of Iraq.

3. We stand opposed to racist scapegoating and all attacks on civil liberties.

4. We demand money for education, jobs and health care, not war.

***[Please Note: The Tour has already gone to several campuses with terrific receptions:

  • Oct. 8, NEW YORK, NY

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Terry Rockefeller, 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Dalia Hashad American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Anthony Arnove, Editor, Iraq Under Siege.

Contact: Monique Dols mjd139@columbia.edu

  • Oct. 8, BERKELEY, CA

UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

With Michael Parenti, Norman Solomon, and Jim Bronke from Military Families Speak Out Contact: Michael Smith, Berkeley

Contact: Stop the War Coalition: mgs@uclink4.berkeley.edu, 510-928-1503

  • Oct. 9, GREENSBORO, NC

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, GREENSBORO

With Lou Plummer from Military Families Speak Out, Rahul Mahajan, John Cox and others- Contact: Ellen Kelly: yoleoiseau@aol.com

  • Oct. 10, CHAPEL HILL, NC

With Rahul Mahajan

Contact: surgenc@yahoo.com or info@end-the-cycle.org

Sponsored by: SURGE (Students United for a Responsible Global Environment) and CECV (Campaign to End the Cycle of Violence)

[Please Note: CAN is holding it's national conference, November 1-2, in Chicago. Non-student groups welcome to participate. Campus-based antiwar anti-occupation organizations are welcome to affiliate and send two delegates per campus to vote at conference. All other anti-war organizations welcome to participate in non-voting capacities. Inquire or register at CANConference2003@yahoo.com ]

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