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    CampUS Strike for Peace Campaign Begins September 26 PETITION FOR PEACEFUL PRIORITIES September 26, 2005 President George W. Bush, The White House Secretary of
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 5, 2005
      CampUS Strike for Peace Campaign Begins September 26

      PETITION FOR PEACEFUL PRIORITIES


      September 26, 2005




      President George W. Bush, The White House
      Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Department of Defense, The
      Pentagon
      President Nils Hasselmo, Association of American Universities
      Governor Ted Kulongoski, State of Oregon
      President Dave Frohnmayer, University of Oregon



      Dear Public Servants,



      As University of Oregon's first graduate student in the field of
      Peace Studies, it is my responsibility to explore the role of the
      military in society and those conditions that most promote peace and
      human welfare. In so doing, I have come to understand the nature of
      America's war industry, and how that industry has flourished in the
      wake of the Cold War. I have come to find that more than 300 of our
      universities are developing weapons for the Department of Defense,
      and that these schools are increasingly reliant on the industry of
      war to sustain their education programs. Indeed, the Association of
      American Universities appears to be little more than a lobby for such
      funding.



      As a person of good conscience, I have learned too much about the
      business of war to remain silent about its overwhelming encroachment
      in our schools, communities, and global life systems. In promoting
      this encroachment, I do not believe that you serve in the interest of
      prosperity and security for the common people. By your consistent
      actions, in fact, it is abundantly clear that you believe America's
      top priority is profit from the business of war, not the general
      welfare of its people.



      When America was born a people-first country, the concept of freedom
      spread rapidly throughout the world without military force. The
      vision of our Founders was to advance the notion of people living in
      peace using the freedom that nature provides upon birth. You may
      feel at peace with yourselves, but I believe you are acting as
      businessmen instead of servants. And in honoring our Founding
      principles, I must proclaim that to exploit the fears and prejudices
      of the common people to maintain the flow of profits from conflict—to
      perpetuate a state of war for personal gain—is treasonous to our
      creed.



      You say this is a peace-loving nation when you know it is not;
      America is by far history's greatest peddler of arms, and your
      business is making war everyone else's business. The people, under
      this set of priorities, are an expendable resource, and on behalf of
      those who founded this country and those whose lives stand in peril
      today—thus, on behalf of all Americans—I reject the notion of our
      servants serving only themselves and war profiteers.



      Therefore, I feel compelled to strike in peaceful but vociferous
      opposition to your priorities until our national policies reflect our
      priorities and serve the rights and needs of the common people.



      I am a dedicated scholar and University of Oregon alumnus. But I
      refuse to study inside the classroom of any school that sells itself
      to the war industry, and I will stand outside and speak my heart as
      strongly as possible to highlight the obvious hypocrisy that you
      promote. For I fear that if I do not, America and other countries
      are very likely to suffer and fall as a result of your cold
      determination to saturate with weapons a world that stands on the
      verge of resource depletion.



      Developing weapons at our institutions of enlightenment contradicts
      the inherent purpose of learning. How will we ever learn peace while
      making war in our schools?



      I hereby submit to you this petition for peaceful priorities.



      Dutifully,


      Brian D. Bogart
      IntelligentFuture/Project Censored
      Specialist, Military and Defense in Society
      M.A. Candidate, Peace Studies, University of Oregon

      B.A. Japanese History, University of Oregon 1997

      International Studies Certificate, Waseda University, Tokyo 1996

      Multicultural Studies Certificate, US-Japan Relations, Lewis and
      Clark College, Portland 1995


      Sponsors of this action include:


      Noam Chomsky



      Franklin W. Stahl

      Professor Emeritus of Biology

      University of Oregon



      Medea Benjamin

      Code Pink, Global Exchange

      San Francisco, California



      Peter Phillips Ph.D.

      Sociology Department/Project Censored

      Sonoma State University



      Madoka Kusakabe

      East Asian Languages & Literatures

      University of Oregon


      Oleg Kripkov Ph.D.
      Russian Studies
      University of Oregon


      Virginia Raymond, Doctoral Candidate
      Assistant Instructor, Department of English
      University of Texas at Austin



      Stan Taylor JD. LLM. Ph.D.

      Instructor of Political Science
      Lane Community College



      Susan K. Fuhr, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor, Psychology
      Portland, Oregon



      Scott Kerlin Ph.D.

      Peace Studies
      Vancouver, BC Canada


      Ray McGovern

      Steering Group
      Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

      Robert Jensen
      University of Texas at Austin


      …and thousands more from around the world.


      This petition will be delivered to the White House by Medea Benjamin
      on my first day of school, September 26. I will deliver it again
      with signatures near the last day of school in June 2006. Signatures
      will be collected throughout the academic year in a sustained
      information outreach effort to inform our 300-plus Pentagon-dependent
      campus communities about weapons development in our schools.

      I am not asking anyone else to strike -- in fact, I advise against
      it -- but to simply support this massive effort.

      Build the movement:
      If you would like to sign my petition, please send your name and city
      (title and/or school optional but recommended) as you would like them
      to appear (using above examples) to: bdb92@...
      If you would like to support the strike campaign with organizational
      resources, write to: bbogart@...
      If you would like to support the strike campaign with financial
      resources:
      Write checks to IntelligentFuture and
      Send to:

      Strike for Peace
      PO Box 3150
      University of Oregon
      Eugene OR 97403


      My school town is an EXAMPLE of war-industry ties to our communities:
      Eugene, Oregon (population 130,000) has 56 companies that serve the
      US military.

      University of Oregon receives major funding from the Pentagon.
      My home town is an EXAMPLE of war-industry ties to our communities:
      Palo Alto, California (population 58,000) has 55 companies that serve
      the US military.

      Stanford University receives major funding from the Pentagon.


      What about your school or town? Find out: Ask Brian and support the
      effort.

      bbogart @ uoregon.edu
      CampUS Strike for Peace Campaign
      September 26, 2005 – June 10, 2006


      MAJOR UNIVERSITIES RECEIVING DoD FUNDS FOR WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT:
      Brandeis University
      Brown University
      California Institute of Technology
      Carnegie Mellon University
      Case Western Reserve University
      Columbia University
      Cornell University
      Duke University
      Emory University
      Harvard University
      Indiana University
      Iowa State University
      Johns Hopkins University
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      McGill University
      Michigan State University
      New York University
      Northwestern University
      Ohio State University
      Pennsylvania State University
      Princeton University
      Purdue University
      Rice University
      Rutgers, New Jersey State University
      Stanford University
      Stony Brook, New York State University
      Syracuse University
      Texas A&M University
      Tulane University
      Vanderbilt University
      Washington University, St. Louis
      Yale University
      University at Buffalo, New York State
      University of Arizona
      University of California, Berkeley
      University of California, Davis
      University of California, Irvine
      University of California, Los Angeles
      University of California, San Diego
      University of California, Santa Barbara
      University of Chicago
      University of Colorado, Boulder
      University of Florida
      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
      University of Iowa
      University of Kansas
      University of Maryland, College Park
      University of Michigan
      University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
      University of Missouri, Columbia
      University of Nebraska, Lincoln
      University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
      University of Oregon
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pittsburgh
      University of Rochester
      University of Southern California
      University of Texas, Austin
      University of Toronto
      University of Virginia
      University of Washington
      University of Wisconsin, Madison
      (Smaller schools number in the hundreds.)


      #44 on the DoD Top-100 procurement list: Massachusetts Institute of
      Technology
      #66 on the DoD Top-100 procurement list: Johns Hopkins University
      #21 on the Navy Top-50 procurement list: Johns Hopkins University
      #41 on the Navy Top-50 procurement list: Pennsylvania State University
      #11 on the Air Force Top-50 procurement list: Massachusetts Institute
      of Technology

      56 companies in Eugene serve the Pentagon, not counting suburbs.
      300 in Portland city.
      3600 in San Diego city.
      ALL THANKS TO DoD "OUTSOURCING"

      There is no greater hypocrisy than that of making weapons in schools,
      and no better ready-made network than our schools for correcting this
      hypocrisy and organizing Americans for peace.

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