Students Against the War

This was published by The Nation after this article by Sam Graham-Felsen in the April 2, 2007 edition of The Nation. The Student Peace Action Network is a part of the coordinating committee of the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition.

Published on Thursday, March 22, 2007 by The Nation

Students Against The War

by Peter Rothberg
At the outset of the Iraq war four years ago numerous polls found that students, like the majority of the population, overwhelmingly supported the invasion. Now those same polls show that students, more than any other age group, oppose the war.

I’ve heard much lamenting over the lack of student antiwar activism and organizing around Iraq. The absence of a draft is generally held to be the most important difference in explaining the larger student mobilizations against war in Southeast Asia but charges of apathy also abound.

This has always seemed unfair to me–students have exhibited just as much, if not in most cases more, opposition to the war than any other age group. As Sam Graham-Felsen recounted in a recent Nation article, a broad array of student groups have made ending the war a top priority. Among the main players are a reborn Students for a Democratic Society, the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition, the Campus Antiwar Network and the Hip Hop Caucus, a new organization founded by Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. (Check the SDS site for a survey of antiwar actions mounted by students to mark yesterday’s fourth anniversary of the war and read Nation intern Wes Enzinna’s description of antiwar activists’ use of YouTube for more examples of student opposition to the war.)

Offering some of the most substantial support for this collegiate peace activism, Campus Progress, the student program of the Center for American Progress, has launched the Iraq Campaign and Iraq Film Project. (Full disclosure: CP is also an active collaborator with The Nation. We re-publish a small portion of CP content on our StudentNation site and we jointly produce an annual student journalism conference.)

There’s been an unusually large number of good documentaries recently produced on the war which can help bring the realities on the ground into sharp focus. Campus Progress is offering to supply organizers with the docs and assist in arranging associated panel discussions with war veterans, elected officials, policy experts, activists, and film directors. Check out the list of films currently being screened, see a list of upcoming screenings, and click here to organize a screening on your campus. More than 40 US campuses have already signed up to host film events.

Campus Progress is also offering ideas for action, downloadable posters and signs, access to policy experts, and, best of all, actual grants of $200 to $1,000 to student activists working on innovative education and advocacy campaigns to end the Iraq war.

If you’re not a student and want to get more involved in peace actions, check out the website for United for Peace website for a range of activist suggestions and tools for change.
© 2007 The Nation

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One Response to Students Against the War

  1. RON WALDRON says:

    Mr. President & co-conspirators:

    YOU ARE REAPING WHAT “YOU” SOWED !!

    You have spent over $400 billion on a failed policy.

    You and the previous rubber stamp congress got us into this mess, not the
    Democrats.

    AIPAC & ISRAEL will end up being
    held accountable for the failures, right
    along with you.

    Have you heard anything moral regarding this group, AIPAC, the Zionist
    movement, Israel, Mossad or the Republican Party.

    Only rarely is a critical word uttered among politicians regarding AIPAC and
    its associates that support unjust and aggressive (and disastrous) U.S.
    policies toward the peoples of the Middle East. We aim to change that.

    For too long, policies that support Israeli militarism and occupation have
    gone unchallenged. Political voices raising even minor disagreements with
    prevailing policies are silenced or subject to campaigns of intimidation. We
    must open the door to full debate regarding U.S. relationship with Israel
    and U.S. policy with other countries in the region.

    Demand a complete investigation of AIPAC, and that they be forced to
    register as a foreign agent, and pay taxes as they
    should. +++

    Its un-American, grossly un-American, as a matter of fact, there is no
    longer a country that represents America, only one that blasphemes the name,
    “America.”

    Hypocrisy is the act of pretending or claiming to have beliefs, feelings,
    morals or virtues that one does not truly possess or practice. THE
    REPUBLICAN ZIONIST MOVEMENT.

    Is it far better for you to get DRUNK and
    go into denial, then to stand-up and FACE
    the Truth, say nothing about speaking it for a
    change.

    We have not witnessed anything resembling
    Faith Based Morality out of this administration for the last four years.

    Be not deceived, GOD is not MOCKED :
    For what so ever a man soweth, that shall he
    also REAP !!

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