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Student Peace Action Network is a grassroots peace and justice organization working from campuses across the US.. We organize for an end to physical, social, and economic violence caused by militarism at home and abroad. We campaign for nuclear abolition. We support a foreign policy based on human rights and international cooperation, and a domestic agenda that supports human and environmental concerns, not Pentagon excess. War is not inevitable. We push for practical alternatives..
Meetings are every other Wednesday at 5pm in the SOURCE office of Talley Student Center.
next Meeting at 5pm Wednesday, 6 April 2005 to discuss the Palestine Campaign and April 13th CAT actionwork
Honk for Peace every friday at 5pm at the Bell TowerCritical Mass last friday of every month, Next Ride April 29, at 4:30pm at Bell Tower. Bike Flier.
Friday, April 01, 2005
On April 13, join groups all over the world in opposing Caterpillar sales of home-crushing bulldozers to Israel. That day, Caterpillar shareholders will meet in Chicago and will discuss a resolution on sales of bulldozers to Israel.
We, NCSU SPAN, are still planning our action for April 13th with the Middle Eastern North African Student Association (MENASA). We plan to hold a street theatre style demonstration where we construct what represents Palestinian homes out of cardboard. We will also use other boxes to make a few bicycles appear to be CAT bulldozers, which will then destroy the homes. It is going to take place in the brickyard throughout the day. We need all the help we can get constructing the village.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Campaign to Urge NCSU to Divest from Israel
"I am a black South African, and if I were to change the names, a description of what is happening in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank could describe events in [apartheid] South Africa."
~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Every day the US government gives $17Million to the state of Israel. If there is ever going to be a just peace and equality between Israel and Palestine, then the US must stop financing the seperation.
SPAN has decided to run a campaign to convince NCSU to divest from Israel. There are a substantial amount of corporations that NCSU does business with that have invested in Israel including Coca Cola, Cisco Systems Ltd, General Electric, IBM, Lehmann Bros, and many more. Through divestment (stopping capital investment in companies that do business in Israel) and boycott (not buying Israeli products) we can bring justice to the Israelis and Palestinians as well.
We chose to target Caterpillar because they make custom bulldozers for Israel to use to destroy Palestinian homes. Members of the AgTech school and the Mechanical Engineering Department do research for CAT and the business school invites them often their career fairs. We stand against CAT and we will fight until they get off our campus. We will no longer be complicite with these oppressive forces that operate in our midst.
Actions against CAT every Wednesday
Come join us every Wednesday for this entire semester we will be in the brickyard from 1130-130 as we demonstrate against CAT and make this campaign visible.
Sunday, January 09, 2005
In two weeks SPAN members will be going up to Washington, DC to participate in the demonstrations. This will an opportunity to mobilize large numbersof people for a visible show of opposition to the war and to the other anti-people policies of the Bush administration.
There will be a meeting on Wednesday, 12 January 2005 in the SOURCE office at 5pm so that NCSU folks can sit down and figure out logistics for the trip. We are tentively planning to leave Wednesday night, January 19th, after classes. Lodging in DC will be free, the only expenses should be gas and food. The return time and date will be set at the meeting. Most of the demonstrations are only on Thursday, Inauguration Day, so we should be able to get back before classes friday.
On Thursday, January 20, 2005, Bush's inauguration will be the date of demonstrations around the world. People are planning to come from all over the country to line the inaugural route, and let the world see that the
people of the United States are taking a stand against the criminal war in Iraq and in defense of people's rights at home. Every national anti-war group, including the Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) and Fight
Imperialism Stand Together (FIST), is involved in mobilizing people to go to DC.
Our demonstrations will be a powerful statement in solidarity with all those who are under attack by the Bush administration -- from Cuba to Palestine to Haiti to the Philippines to Iran and elsewhere -- as well as
here in the US.
Friday, November 19, 2004
In the past week, members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) have waged a campaign of intimidation against anti-war activists in
This is clearly an attempt to silence anti-war activists in the area and to label anyone who disagrees with the Bush agenda as a “terrorist.” It is vital that all who support free speech denounce these tactics and support the antiwar community in
The JTTF has also attempted to link local activists to an alleged incident of petty vandalism that occurred at the state Republican headquarters on November 5. It is alleged that there was some minor property damage at the GOP headquarters, namely, some broken windows.
It is important that this property damage be put into perspective—this is on a scale with what happens routinely in many college towns after a Friday night football game. However the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is using this minor event as an excuse to harass local youth and known anti-war activists. A few broken windows are certainly nothing compared to the ongoing destruction being visited on the people of
We call upon all who value their First Amendment right to free speech to support the antiwar community in
We also suggest that everyone call the
Three young people from
Broken windows do not constitute terrorism, and these young activists do not deserve to spend five to twenty-five years of their life in prison for petty vandalism. The charges are ridiculous and the bail that was set is absurd. We demand that the
Contribute to the legal defense of the
Come to the
Monday, November 29th to support the
We, the undersigned, condemn the Joint Terrorism Task Force’s campaign of intimidation against antiwar activists in
We demand that the JTTF and the Raleigh Police Department cease their harassment of legal free speech activity.
A.C.L.U. AT NC STATE
CAMPUS GREENS AT NC STATE
STUDENT PEACE ACTION NETWORK AT NC STATE
TRIANGLE BRANCH, WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE & FREEDOM
WINONA LADUKE, NATIVE AMERICAN AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST
ELENA EVERETT, CHAIR, NC GREEN PARTY
DR. GERALD SURH, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AT NC STATE
DR. TOM HOBAN, PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY AT NC STATE
SARA FLOUNDERS, DIRECTOR,
TERESA GUTIERREZ, DIRECTOR,
IMANI HENRY, PLAYWRIGHT & PERFORMER
JULIE FRY, NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, NYC
LARRY HOLMES, ANTI-WAR 4 THE MILLION WORKER MARCH
LEILANI DOWELL, QUEERS FOR PEACE & JUSTICE
JOHNNIE STEVENS, PEOPLES VIDEO NETWORK
HENRI NEREAUX, VICE PRESIDENT (RET.) *INTERNATIONAL
ORGANIZATION OF MASTERS, MATES, AND PILOTS
DUSTIN LANGLEY, NODRAFTNOWAY.ORG CAMPAIGN, NAVY VETERAN
SHARON BLACK, STEWARD, *UFCW LOCAL 27,
DENNIS KYNE, 15-YEAR ARMY VETERAN, VETERANS FOR PEACE
ANDRE POWELL, *EXECUTIVE BOARD AFSCME LOCAL 112
MARIA PERRY, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1738
FRANK NEISSER, STONEWALL WARRIORS,
STEVE GILLIS, *PRESIDENT, LOCAL 8751,
PHEBE ECKFELDT, WOMEN’S FIGHTBACK NETWORK
GRAY NEWMAN, *CO-CHAIR, GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
CIARA DOYLE, *WOLFPACK NOW
LAURYN STROBINO, *
DR. MICHAEL CUMMINGS, PROF OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF
GARY PERCESEPE, PH.D., BAPTIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP OF
KATHLEEN HANNAN, BODIES, VOICES & SPIRIT,
ERIN BYRD, SOUTHERNERS FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE
ROGER EHRLICH, FOUNDER, PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
BETT AND BILL PADGETT, LITTLE LAKE HILL ARTS SERIES
PETE MCDOWELL, *PRESIDENT, NC PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT PAC
STEPHEN GALLAGHER, RADICAL PHILOSOPHY ASSOCIATION
SUSAN O’NEIL, TRIANGLE AREA GREENS
BERNISE A. LYNCH, INTERWEAVE
BETTY ANN KNUDSEN, ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH PEACE FELLOWSHIP
SEAN HAUGH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NC
BRYAN PROFFITT, UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
NEENA DAS, NYC CAMPAIGN FOR A PEACE TAX FUND
STEPHEN BOUDREAUX, TEJAS BLOC, HOUSTON
ALEX GOULD, *UFCW UNION LOCAL 328
BRUCE R. HALL, FTWAYNEPEACEACTIONCOALITION
DAVID SOLE, PRESIDENT, UAW LOCAL 2334,
BRYAN G. PFEIFER, MEMBER, *GRADUATE EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, LOCAL 2322
KRISTEN ROBINSON & BRADLEY WARD, ISO -
Monna Wejrowski, Women in Black,
Hart Matthews, NC Peace & Justice Coalition
Tom Laney, New Democracy,
Helen Mare Weber, Peace Action of
David Chege, musical group, -Linus
Marisha Leiblum, 'Take Back The U of Mass'
Pat Galloway, Seacoast Peace Response,
Erin Lemkey, Take Back UMass
International Action Center
Top of Form
Western MA. Million Worker March Organizing Committee
Tanya Thurman, student liberation action movement,
Minnie Bruce Pratt, *National Writers
Peter Spitzform, United Academics of the
AFT/AAUP, Local 3203 Universityof Vermont
Kate Stepanski, UIUX SPAN
Jessica Wohlander, Revolution Youth International.
Gorg Fox, Peaceworker, Luke 5 Movement, Boston/Miami
, Campus Anti-War Network George Washington University
Joseph L Piette, *Local 157, N.A.L.C.
Ma³gorzata Brzózka-Chamala, Waldemar Chamala, Labour Youth,
Gloria Rubac, Steward,
Federation of Teachers, Local 2415 Houston
Jane Shull, The Book Bin Bookstore Unltd,
Sara Catalinotto, member, *Professional Staff Congress/CUNY
Coalition for Peace & Justice Gavrielle Gemma, Central NJ
Henry Noble, National Secretary, Freedom Socialist Party
Laura Jordan, President,
Peace Action Albion College
Reyne Lindner, GSO, NC
Eric Ginsburg, co-founder of Pirates Against Bush
Doreen Nash, Employment Advocate, National Action Network
Roxanna Evans, volunteer, Kerry and Wake Democratic Party.
Ethel Bakke, Workers World in
Martha Grevatt, Community Action Program Council Delegate, UAW Local 122*
Karma Kagyu, Buddhist, Gray Panthers, Friends of
Sarvodaya, US- Labor Exchange, Pastors for Peace, MECAWI Cuba
Dylan Marchetti, blogger, www.Politick.info
Antiwar Coalition Columbia University
Sue Harris, Ph.D. Peoples Video Network
Green Party Uhrich, South Carolina
Don Odgen, *Indymedia
Garrett, GeorgiaDelegate, GPUS, Georgia Green Party Coordinating Council
George Corsetti, *
, MI Green Party Treasurer Wayne County
Committee Member GPONY State
Richard J. Walton, RI Green Party, writer
Teresa Al-Saraji, Blue Triangle Network,
Mike DeRosa, Producer and host of New Focus Radio, CT
Daniel Saver, Berkeley Stop the War Coalition
Rep to Campus Antiwar Network Karpoff, NE
Christina Fong - Musician/Recording Artist
Yolanda M. Carrington, Raleigh FIST
Bill Stant, Treasurer, Indiana Green Party
Marlia Banning, English Professor,
Kent State University
Susan E. Davis, Second VP, External Organizing, National Writers
Union, UAW Local 1981
Tim Pluta, President of Chapter 099,
Western North CarolinaVeterans for Peace
Global Justice Carolina
JEFFREY BLOCK, BANNER ELK, NC
J. EDWIN KING, CONCERNED CITIZEN OF NC
NICOLE LAMOTTE, NC
CARISSA SAMARA, WORKING MOM,
DENISE ECKERT, CONCERNED CITIZEN,
JESSICA HORN, UNC
SARA HEIFETZ, RNC ARRESTEE, NYC
OYATUNDE AMAKISI, ACTIVIST,
Cotlear Durham, NC
Royal Oak, MI
Mary K. Gedert,
Ron Jacobs, writer and library worker,
Nino deProphetis, science teacher-Strath Haven High School, Pa
Prof. Nicholas Camerota,
Debbie Richards, archivist and prisoner support activist,
Holly Kosisky, administrator, MIT,
Chelsea Schirmer -
Wayne State University
Chris Lubicz-Nawrocki, Concerned Citizen
Robin McCubbin, professor,
Phil Gasper, Professor of Philosophy, Notre Dame de Namur University
Emily Dale, Senior Citizen
, a concerned citizen Pleasant Ridge, MI
Mark Miles, student, UNC-CH
Gale Flanders, teacher,
Monday, November 01, 2004
Wed. Nov. 3
Moore Square, Raleigh
We have a seriously scary situation on our hands with this election. Latino voters in rural districts of NC have been intimidated from the polls because of certain last names and blacks in charlotte had the poles closed on them today. There are systemic problems with our democracy and we must fight back!
There will be a walk-out this Wednesday and we want SPAN members to be an active participant in this action. We will be meeting students from Shaw, St. Aug, Peace College, Raleigh Charter High, Enloe, Broughton as well as several workers.
We will leave from the belltower at 11:45am on wednesday and march downtown to Morris Square along hillsborough as an NCSU contingent. Read below to hear what has been put together and how serious this is.
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
End the Colonial Occupation of Iraq, Palestine, Haiti, and
We Need Money for Jobs, Housing, Healthcare & Education!
Not for War & Occupation!
US Hands Off Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Korea,
Rico, Sudan & Everywhere!
The choices for young people - particularly in communities
of color, are joblessness and police brutality, or the
military. Recruiters are stepping up recruitment of youth
in working class high schools throughout the country!
We can't depend on Bush or Kerry to end the war with no
end. Only a mass movement can stop this madness!
Whoever wins, the People have been disenfranchised
Whichever candidate wins on Election Day, the fact remains
the people have been locked out of the political process.
The election has a multi-million dollar entrance
fee--only candidates financed by the super-rich have any
chance of getting elected. Neither candidate speaks for
the people—both are owned by Wall Street.
Neither candidate speaks for the millions who do not have
health insurance. Neither candidate speaks for working
people who need a living wage. Neither candidate speaks
out against police brutality, racial profiling, and the
Patriot Act. Neither corporate candidate can speak for
the people--we must continue to build a movement in the
streets that will raise the issues of working and
Racism and the Stolen Election
Across the country, vote fraud, voter intimidation, and
dirty tricks are being used to suppress the vote,
particularly the votes of people of color and immigrants.
Robert Kutner, writing for the October 20 Boston Globe,
stated, "The Republicans are out to steal the 2004
election -- before, during, and after Election Day. Before
Election Day, they are employing such dirty tricks as
improper purges of voter rolls, use of dummy registration
groups that tear up Democratic registrations, and the
suppression of Democratic efforts to sign up voters,
especially blacks and students.
"On Election Day, Republicans will attempt to intimidate
minority voters by having poll watchers threaten criminal
prosecution if something is technically amiss with their
ID, and they will again use technical mishaps to partisan
In Nevada, where the two presidential candidates are in a
dead heat, Republican operatives are attempting to purge
about 17,000 voters from the rolls.
Voters Outreach of America, run by Nathan Sproul, an
Arizona GOP political consultant whose firm, Sproul &
Associates, has been paid nearly $500,000 by the
Republican National Committee to do "voter outreach," is
facing a voter fraud investigation for allegedly
destroying voter-registration forms they had collected
from Democratic voters. Similar allegations have surfaced
in Oregon and West Virginia, where the group has been
In Florida, Republicans are being accused of dirty tricks,
intimidation, and poll fraud. According to the New York
Times, officers from the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement – which reports to Gov. Jeb Bush – have gone
into the homes of elderly black voters in Orlando and
interrogated them as part of an "investigation" that has
frightened many voters. Many of the elderly black voters
who were question by state police officers are members of
the Orlando League of Voters, which has been effectively
in mobilizing the city's black vote.
In Kentucky, Arizona, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, and other
"swing states" the Republicans have made plans to station
thousands of “vote challengers" at the polls to intimidate
voters and challenge votes, especially in largely
In Ohio, using tactics reminiscent of the "Jim Crow" days,
the GOP is sending thousands of recruits to polling places
on Election Day to challenge the qualifications of voters.
The challenges could be made on four main grounds: whether
the voter is a citizen, is at least 18, is a resident of
the county and has lived in Ohio for the previous 30 days.
In Philadelphia, Republican operatives made a last ditch
attempt Friday to relocate 63 polling places – many of
them in Black neighborhoods – all of them in districts
where Democrats have an advantage.
Civil rights and labor unions have brought suit in U.S.
District Court in Newark, saying the GOP is violating a
consent decree, issued in the 1980s by Judge Dickinson R.
Debevoise and still in effect, that prevents the
Republicans from starting "ballot security" programs to
prevent voter fraud that target minorities.
Judith A. Browne, acting co-director of the Advancement
Project, which filed the lawsuit along with the Leadership
Conference on Civil Rights, said the Republican
"challenges were, and currently are, used to
disenfranchise minority voters."
Bush & Kerry: Pro-War, Pro-Business
Millions in the U.S. and around the world have
demonstrated against the war in Iraq. Many among them
hoped that the Democratic presidential candidate would
champion peace. But instead of saying he'll end the war in
Iraq, Kerry has said repeatedly, "we cannot lose in Iraq,"
and has called for 40,000 more troops.
In Sadr City, Samara, Fallujah and Baqubah, hundreds have
been killed in recent U.S. strikes and raids. The US
military is preparing for an assault on Fallujah and other
areas held by the resistance. To date, at least fourteen
to fifteen thousand Iraqis have been killed and over
eleven hundred U.S. soldiers have died. No matter who is
elected, the death toll will continue to climb at a
In Haiti, over the past several weeks the interim
government of Gérard Latortue has dramatically increased
the level of repression against the people of Haiti,
especially supporters of Fanmi Lavalas. Since the
February 29, 2004 coup, and the kidnapping by U.S. Marines
of President Aristide, thousands of trade union, community
and Fanmi Lavalas activists have been murdered and
thousands more have been imprisoned.
In Palestine, the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza has
resulted in hundreds of Palestinians either dead or
injured. Neither Bush nor Kerry has said one word in
opposition to this murderous assault. In fact, they blame
the Palestinians for trying to defend their land while at
the same time proudly proclaiming their support for the
Under Bush, discrimination against South Asian, Arab-
American, Muslim and other immigrants and people of color
continues, and the USA Patriot Act has been extended.
Massive military spending is draining badly needed
resources, and as Bush quietly guided the $446 billion
Pentagon budget through congress, Kerry didn't utter a
word of protest. Health care facilities are closing,
community colleges have suffered cuts in staff and
programming, and the availability of jobs is less hopeful
with each day.
Bush & Kerry sell themselves as pro-big business, pro-free
trade, and fans of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan's monetary policies. These are the same
policies that have resulted in growing unemployment, the
falling standard of living for working people, and the
disappearance of union jobs that pay a living wage.
Monday, October 11, 2004
Million Worker March <http://www.millionworkermarch.org/> - Busesleave at 5:00am Sunday 17 October from MLK Memorial Park (Corner of Rock Quarry Rd. and MLK Blvd.)
Come join other working people, peace activists, and progressives to takepart in the Million Worker March in Washington D.C. Bus tickets are $30 or$20 for students and low income individuals. To purchase tickets please come to the meeting wednesday at 4pm or email dante at firstname.lastname@example.org
Palestine Solidarity Conference, this weekend!
friday, saturday and sunday 15-17 October, Duke is hosting the 4th annual PSM.
The Palestine Solidarity Movement is a diverse group of students, activists, and community members organized to promote peace, justice, and human rights for the Palestinian people.
The following points of unity bring PSM organizations together as a movement.
1. End the Israeli occupation 2. Right of return for Palestinian refugees 3. Equality under law 4. Oppose racism and all forms of oppression 5. Divestment is our strategy of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
more information available at http://www.palestineconference.com/
Tuesday 19 October at 3pm
Blue Room of Talley Student Center
Worker's World Presidential Candidate John Parker analyzes the Crisis in Sudan.
Sudan has been engaged in a civil war for the past 17 years, which has resulted in nearly 2 million deaths from war-related famine, disease and casualties. Four million people (nearly 80%) of the southern Sudanese population has been forced to flee their home at one time or another. Does the US have anything to do with the heigthened levels of violence? YES! come find out how.
Worker's World Presidential Campaign Trail
Tuesday 19 October
11am Harris Field (corner cates and dan allen)
John Parker, Teresa Guitierrez, and LeiLani Dowell of the Worker's World will be on our campus! There were no surprises at the first debate between Republican President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, on Sept. 30. Though billed as a major clash over foreign policy, it only served to show how little difference there truly is between them.
Both of these candidates of Big Oil and Wall Street repeated their support for the brutal U.S. military occupation of Iraq and continued imperialist aggression worldwide.
find out more at http://workers.org
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
1. Wednesday, 29 Sept. - ROTC sit-in 3:30-6:30pm in brickyard
2. Thursday, 30 Sept.(international refugee day) - Palestine MockApartheid Wall, all day Brickyard.
Please come help us with these events.
1. We cannot sit idle while the War Machine recruits openly on our campus, in public. For the sit-in, so far we have Gareth, Brad, Megan, Hudson, Aimee and myself who are actually going to sit-in and block the ROTC from doingthere cadet formation. If anyone else can come and participate in theactual direct action at 330, let me know. So far a few people agreed butwe still need more people to come and heckle, create a light-hearted humorous atmosphere and hold signs denouncing militarism on our campus.They have an auditorium, it is completely uncalled for, that they use the open space for their formations. this is a recruitment technique and weare going to shut them down.
2. We just picked up some excellent materials for International RefugeeDay, including four maps and two picture books. We learned that as of2003, there are 4,055,758 refugees from Palestine alone. Does anyone orcan anyone find information about refugees from elsewhere? We are constructing a wall made of refrigerator boxes in the brickyard at 9am onThursday. We need you to help set-up. We are going to show the film"Peace, Propoganda and the Promise Land" on the wall at dusk(around 7pm)and we want you all to bring your friends. I am attaching a flier for the event, so please put it up around campus.