Student groups call for anti-war strike March 5
Over a dozen U.S. student groups, including the United States Student Association, the youth division of the Black Radical Congress, and United Students Against Sweatshops are calling for students to boycott classes and strike in opposition to a war in Iraq. They made the following statement:
STUDENT STRIKE FOR BOOKS NOT BOMBS!
The Bush administration is intent on plunging America into an illegitimate and pre-emptive war that will only increase danger for Americans and the world. At the same time education, healthcare, and the economy are being neglected. Its time for youth and students to take a stand for America's future!
ONE-DAY NATIONAL STUDENT STRIKE, MARCH 5TH, 2003
Books Not Bombs! Stop The War Against Iraq!
The National Youth and Student Peace Coalition (NYSPC) calls upon students on campuses across the United States to join us in a one-day student strike on March 5th, 2003. See www.nyspc.net for details.
As students and youth, our futures will be shaped by the actions that the Bush administration takes today. A US attack on Iraq will inevitably:
As students and youth, the future of this country, we are disturbed by the lack of attention paid to the real needs of Americans, especially education. Financial aid opportunities and family income are rapidly losing ground to the rising cost of higher education.1 Low-income families are facing decreasing access to education. Student debt is increasing.2 All while the US military budget steadily increases (12% from 2000 to 2002 3).
We say NO! to this war of terror to increase American power and take control of strategic oil supplies.
JOIN US IN A STUDENT STRIKE MARCH 5TH TO DEMAND:
The Bush Administration's war on Iraq is a venture for control of the region and its oil supplies, not national security, democracy, or human rights. Our campuses provide implicit support for this through military research, recruiting, and ROTC programs. As students who value freedom, democracy, and our education we say: THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE! The best way to improve our national security is to halt drives for illegal and immoral wars and redirect public funds from the military and arms trade to education and social services at home and humanitarian aid abroad. Take a stand with students across the nation on March 5th to build toward this collective vision.
We need your help! In addition to organizing on your own campus, the campaign needs your help with outreach, resource development, and fundraising. See www.nyspc.net for details as they become available!
1. College Board (as reported in the Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2001, Page A01)
2. Sherschel, Particia M. USA Group Report. June, 2000. See: www.luminafoundation.org/Publications/research.shtml
3. Deen, Thalif. "U.N. says Nations Reveal Arms Spending - but Spend More." Inter Press Service. Oct. 7, 2002
*NYSPC is a coalition made up of the following national organizations: 180/Movement for Democracy and Education, Black Radical Congress-Youth Division, Campus Greens, Muslim Students Association of the US and Canada, National Youth Advocacy Coalition, "Not With Our Money" (project of the Prison Moratorium Project), Student Environmental Action Coalition, Student Peace Action Network, Students United for a Responsible Global Environment, Students Transforming and Resisting Corporations, United Students Against Sweatshops, United States Student Association, Young Communist League, Young Democratic Socialists, Young People's Socialists League.
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