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Call To Action
To students and community organizers nationwide:
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims of the tragic events of September 11th and their families and friends. In this spirit, and in the spirit of peace, the student body of Wesleyan University urges campuses and communities across the nation to hold an hour of solidarity on Thursday, September 20th. Let us join to mourn the devastating loss of life, to speak out against attacks now occurring because of ethnic and religious identity, and to raise our collective voices for peace.
As concerned Wesleyan students, we affirm our commitment to thorough and peaceful justice, as opposed to retaliatory violence. If we respond to these criminals in kind, our actions—like theirs—would cause innocent people to die. We must defend justice: our anger must not lead to discrimination; our fear must not consume our civil liberties. Justice must not be confused with revenge.
Both individuals and the US government are in a unique position to set a precedent. We need not respond to violence with violence. To ensure that history does not repeat itself, the decisions we make in the present must be grounded in our understanding of the past. We must examine the history that culminated in the events of September 11th – including the United States’ own economic, social, and political actions. Let us use this present moment to educate ourselves and share this perspective with our communities and nation.
Within your own communities and campuses, we encourage you to voice your demands for non-violent action. We ask you to join us in creating government and media attention to a public advocating peaceful resolutions. Please use Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to educate yourselves and your communities, to build local public and media attention, and to mobilize support. This will culminate in a national day of action on Thursday September 20th between 12 noon and 1pm. This is your opportunity to create a visible response in solidarity with communities and campuses nationwide.
Please join us this week and in the future to continue advocating for peaceful justice. We must be vocal and united to create a better future.
--PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL AT SF STATE--
"It's war!" screamed the front page of yesterday's Chicago Sun Times newspaper. Liberal New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis called for the U.S. to go to war in yesterday's paper. Squads of FBI and other police agents are conducting a witch hunt against Arabs in several cities. Just days ago, the Bush administration was facing ridicule for its missile defense program-now it will have no trouble pushing it through. Social spending will be sacrificed to finance the military budget. Join us to build a coalition of students dedicated to building a movement against the US launching a war against Arabs both abroad and at home.
TWO EVENTS PLANNED FOR NEXT THURSDAY
SEPTEMBER 20- National Student Day of Action
Campuses all over the country have called for a National Day of Action to oppose the War!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Join us to both commemorate the event and launch a student Coalition against the war and Racist Arab Scapegoating!!!!!!!!
RALLY - NOON - MALCOLM X PLAZA
ORGANIZING MEETING - 7 PM - CESAR CHAVEZ STUDENT CENTER - ROOM C-114
The following groups have been invited to attend: MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION, MEChA, GENERAL UNION OF PALESTINE STUDENTS, LEAGUE OF FILIPINO STUDENTS, WOMEN'S CENTER, INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST ORGANIZATION,
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