February 10, 2003

Antiwar Event Comes to C.U.

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Today marks the beginning of A Week Against the War, a series of events organized by New York Campus Communities for Justice and Peace and the Cornell Forum for Justice and Peace.

Two members of the Cornell Community, Anke Wessels, executive director of the Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy at Cornell (CRESP), and Dana Brown, director of Cornell’s Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR), helped to organize events for the Cornell campus.

Groups from colleges and high schools around the state will be participating in this week’s events. The organization’s mission statement “[urges] campus communities throughout New York state to disengage from and resist unilateral, illegal and immoral U.S. policies.” The complete schedule of events at colleges statewide can be found at the New York Campus Communities for Justice and Peace web site.

As a first step, the organization proposes “a week of antiwar debates, teach-ins and workshops … for schools throughout the state.”

The idea for bringing the Week Against the War to Cornell started this past fall at the Ithaca Social Forum, held on Nov. 22-23.

Since then, “Many people have done a great job contacting people they know and networks that already exist in order to bring this week together,” Brown said. “I’m just thrilled to see how many people show up and what kinds of conversations came out of it.”

“This is our chance to provide a space for dialogues not happening in the mainstream media, and I’m really excited to see this happen,” she added.

All of the events are free unless otherwise stated, beginning tonight, when Terry Rockefeller from Peaceful Tomorrows will speak from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. Local poets and folk singer Stephen Smith will also be participating.

Peaceful Tomorrows is a group of family members of victims from the World Trade Center attacks who seek nonviolent responses to terrorism. The organization will also lead a march in New York City during the Feb. 15 demonstrations.

Gaza Strip, a film directed by James Longley, will be playing tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Williard Straight Hall. There will be a charge for this event. The film is a documentary that highlights the Israeli-Palestinian situation in the occupied territory.

Wednesday’s events include a Week Against War panel, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the International Room of Williard Straght Hall. Featured on the panel are a variety of speakers from different departments, including Prof. Matthew Evangelista, government; Tracy Mitrano of the Office of Information Technologies; Prof. Naoki Sakai, asian studies and comparative literature and Prof. James Turner of the Africana Studies and Research Center.

Wednesday’s events will als include an Evening Information Workshop at 7 p.m with lectures entitled “War on Terrorism: Pressures Toward Militarization in East Asia” in Goldwin Smith 158, “The War on Terrorism and U.S.-Latin American Relations” in Goldwin Smith 160 and “How to Hold a Teach-In” in Goldwin Smith 164.

The workshop series continues on Thursday, featuring “Religion and Our Response to Violence: A Panel Discussion” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Founders Room of Anabel Taylor Hall.

Also on Thursday, “Alternatives to Violence” with Catholic worker Leslie Schultz will be held at 7 p.m. in Goldwin Smith 144 along with “Organizing for Change” at 7 p.m. in Goldwin Smith 156. “Canvassing for Peace” will be held in Goldwin Smith 158 and “How to Have Difficult Conversations” sponsored by the Community Dispute Resolution Center, will be held in Goldwin Smith 160.

Green Dragon, a film directed by Timothy Linh Bui, will play on Friday in Uris Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The week will end as protestors gather in New York City for a “global day of action protesting the war against Iraq,” according to the New York Campus Communities for Justice and Peace web site.

Archived article by Sarah Workman