Columbia College Chicago October 10, 2002

Last weekend 85,000 Americans protested against the war. In Italy, 1.5 million protested. The weekend before over 400,000 protested in London. There were protests in Cambodia and Greece. People are placing their bodies in senators offices and refusing to leave. NYU kids hijacked MTV yesterday with anti-war messages. It's exciting. If you want to read about this stuff go to www.indymedia.org.

Closer to home, our friend Dene-Za Antoine, a former ontheground person, called from his radio-show in the Northwestern Territories of Canada to broadcast some cross-continental anti-war love. Our own College Council might adopt a public anti-war stance tomorrow. Other anti-war groups are springing up and organizing on campus...

All day, people were having these amazing, long, emotional conversations about the war everywhere I went. At work, on the sidewalk, in my kitchen, into the late-night... I hope everyone is getting that. --Spencer



1. Regular Meetings Ontheground - Monday Nights?

2. Columbia College Council Voting On Anti-War Resolution - Friday 10/11

3. Not In Our Name All Day Teach-In - Wednesday 10/16


1. Regular Meetings Ontheground - Monday Nights?

Hello everybody,
the group hasn't done anything since school started which is pretty pitiful. One of the biggest problems is we don't have a regular meeting time. so how does this sound:

IN ROOM #407 - 1104 S WABASH

If it doesn't work, then we'll adapt.  Also, some of the announcements that have been put out on this list have come to nothing.  Our mailbox disappeared, some events have fallen through, there's new bureaucracy for student groups, everyone's busy, etc. I'm sorry for that; I hope it hasn't turned anyone off. Also, there are other groups starting to spring up at Columbia. I don't know if the Columbia Contingent of Not In Our Name is having regular meetings, but they have flyered, organized a teach-in, made a banner, and will be out on the sidewalk on Michigan avenue Monday... so they're really far more organized than Ontheground right now. If anybody knows the plans of Not In Our Name, please email me so that I can put out their meeting times. The more groups operating simultaneously the better. --Spencer (spencerkingman@riseup.net)


2. Columbia College Council Voting On Anti-War Resolution 10/11

This resolution, authored by the "Civic Engagement and Responsibility Committee," will come before the college council tomorrow morning (Friday) at 9:00 am. They meet in the lounge of the dorms. Anyone is allowed to attend this meeting and argue for the adoption of the resolution. I know that noone will probably get this message in time, but if you do, check it out. Anyways, here's the resolution:   

Central to the Columbia College Mission Statement is our intent to
“shape the public's perceptions of issues and events.” At this moment in
history, perhaps the most urgent issues before us are the debate over a
U.S. preemptive attack on Iraq, the conduct of the administration's “
war on terrorism, and the abridgment of civil liberties in this climate
of “perpetual war.” How will we respond?

Whereas, the Bush administration has presented no credible evidence that Iraq has intentions of harming the citizens of this country or that Iraq presents a threat to the United States, and

Whereas, the Bush administration is seeking to pre-emptively overthrow the government of a sovereign nation, in violation of international law, subverting the role of the United Nations, thereby setting a dangerous precedent in international relations as well as set-off tensions all over the world, and

Whereas, a war upon Iraq would require the re-direction of vital resources and public funds to a destructive, senseless, and illegal goal while further strengthening an administration that has abridged the civil liberties of its citizens, and

Whereas, this administration is using the so-called "War on Terrorism" to distract the American people from the vital issues they confront, and

Whereas, non-military alternative options are still available to resolve the issues at stake,

Therefore, be it resolved that the Columbia College Council comprised of faculty, administrators, staff and students goes on record as strenuously opposing the Bush administration's march toward war upon Iraq, and

As opposed to conducting a war against terrorism portrayed as an apocalyptic struggle between the forces of good and evil, with the U.S. sitting in judgment as self-declared leader of the “civilized” world, and

As opposed tot he abridgment of civil liberties in the name of a false security, and

As opposed to the Bush Administration stifling of voices of dissent by characterizing alternative and divergent views as unpatriotic and un-American,

And be it further resolved that the College Council urges all members of the Columbia community to give life to the college´s mission by engaging in acts of civic engagement and responsibility to shape the public's perceptions of issues and events relating to this resolution.



3. Not In Our Name All Day Teach-In - Wednesday 10/16

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hokin Annex - 623 S Wabash

No nation has ever declared war on the world.
What is the war on Terrorism?

10:00 am - IRAQ
Countless Iraqi dead and rising...
Featuring a speaker from Voices in the Wilderness (www.vitw.org)

What is behind it?
Featuring Raymond Lotta, author of "America In Decline"

1:30 pm - PALESTINE
The end of hope?
Feat. Norman Finkelstein, author of "Image and the Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict"

3:00 pm - THE WAR AT HOME
Detention camps and a country full of snitches?
Featuring Standish Willis, of the National Conference of Black Lawyers

4:00 pm - NOT IN OUR NAME
What should we do?
Open-mic. A chance to voice your opinion.



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