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      (Note that since Oct. 2002, new postings have been directed to other links: Iraq, Bush Lies, Dreams of Empire, and Other News. This page has remained dormant but will stay in place toward the possibility that the Columbia College community will put it to good use.)
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February 7, 2003
The rush to war is not about U.S. security: Iraq does not pose a terrorist threat to the United States -- unless the United States launches an attack. What's the actual reason for war -- could it have to do with U.S. corporate and geopolitical interests?      more...

January 15, 2003
Let it not be said that people in the United States did nothing when their government declared a war without limit and instituted stark new measures of repression. The signers of the statement authored by Not In Our Name call on the people of the U.S. to resist the policies and overall political direction that have emerged since September 11, 2001, and which pose grave dangers to the people of the world.      more...

December 11, 2002
Protests Held Across the Country to Oppose War in Iraq: "From a morning blockade of a federal building in Chicago to a lunchtime march to the White House to an evening discussion at a Y.W.C.A. in Detroit, a cross-section of activists, celebrities and everyday Americans held more than 150 events across the country today to oppose a war with Iraq," reports the N.Y. Times     more...

100 Hollywood celebrities join the protest, says an Associated Press report. Why did they get involved, CNN asked Martin Sheen.

December 10, 2002
As Attack on Iraq Looms, Chicagoans Get Disobedient: Chicago police and federal cops arrested 19 protesters when activists blockaded doors and security checkpoints at Chicago's Kluczinski Federal Building, according to this story posted by Indymedia, "a collective of independent media organizations and journalists offering grassroots non-corporate coverage of global and local justice campaigns, activism, and progressive, anti-authoritarian issues."     more...

OnTheGround is the Columbia Campus antiwar organization, and their newsletters provide a running account of campus activities. Only a few have been edited for the Internet (the others are unformatted), but if the format is pretty basic (that is, in email format), and some of the internal links no longer active, the ideas are crystal clear:

Common Cause Has Run Radio Ads Calling For Debate On War Against Iraq. The ads, run in major U.S. media markets, point out that "Walter Cronkite, Mario Cuomo, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Amy Tan, and other distinguished Americans signed an ad in the New York Times urging Congress to ask the President hard questions about his plans for war in Iraq." They urge citizens to call their legislators and "tell them to ask the President the hard questions – and demand answers – before committing our country to war."      more...

Bill Thompson's email alert has become an important organizing tool for anti-war activists across the country. Here is a recent (October 31) edition, which is useful for its email list of important media resources, among other things. In the interest of timeliness, it has been posted unformatted (that is, it looks like email, which it is)...     more...

Civil Liberties on Campus: As early as September 12, 2001, the FBI and the INS began asking college and university administrators for the names of Middle Eastern students. Over 200 universities have pledged to comply; among them are institutions like Tufts University, Columbia University, University of Colorado at Denver, and San Diego University. Here's an online petition...      more...

Protest.Net is a collective of activists who are publishing a public record of political activities on the web -- as they say, "taking a stand against the established media... standing up and showing that serious activism is alive and well at the dawn of the 21st century..."    more...


Bill Thompson's lists
Bill Thompson's Media List is a good basic compilation of media outlets and personalities, which appears several times in postings on this website, but has also been isolated for your convenience here.
Bill Thompson's House Democrats List is a snapshot of the House of Representatives during the lame duck session, Nov. 2002-Jan. 2003.