ON THE GROUND NEWSLETTER:
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++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
REGULAR ONTHEGROUND MEETINGS
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
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.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
No nation has ever declared war on the world.
10:00 am - IRAQ
11:30 am - THE WAR ON TERRORISM
1:30 pm - PALESTINE
3:00 pm - THE WAR AT HOME
4:00 pm - NOT IN OUR NAME
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WEBSITES: ONTHEGROUND.OKCANCEL.ORG, CIVIC.COLUMBIACOLLEGE.NET
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CCC On The Ground October 10, 2002