Category: BOOKS NOT BOMBS

Worldwide Demonstrations Build Momentum for National Student Strike

The National Student Strike for Books Not Bombs, will take place March 5th on campuses across the US and the world.  The strike is building a wave of campus sentiment against the Bush Administration’s war plans in Iraq.  The event was originally called for and is being coordinated by the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition (NYSPC), a collection of 15 student and youth organizations whose members organizations represent large and diverse constituencies stretching across the US.

Thousands of students on over 200 campuses have pledged their support for this day of national student resistance. 

On March 5th, high school and college students will demonstrate their collective opposition to the Bush Administration’s plans for a pre-emptive, unilateral war in Iraq and call for better-funded and more accessible schools.  Students are also demanding that their campuses serve education instead of war by removing ROTC and JROTC and replacing them with financial aid and college preparatory programs.  They call for local administrative non-compliance with and the federal repeal of the provision of the “No Child Behind Act” which forces high schools to give their students names over to military recruiters or lose federal funds.

“We demand that Bush bring our troops home now.  We don’t want to see our friends die in a needless war,” said Amanda Flott, a junior at the University of Kansas.

Many students say that the latest round of tuition hikes and aid cuts across the country are a “war tax” on the poor.  “Working class youth will have to fight and die while students at home are seeing their education undermined,” said Ben Waxman, a Philadelphia area high school student.  “I want to go to college, not fight for global US domination.”

On Feb. 15th, the world experienced the largest outpouring of support for peace since the Vietnam era as an estimated 6 million people worldwide attended protests in over 500 cities.  “Now the campuses are doing our part to stand up for a better tomorrow,” said Amanda Crater, a junior at UC-Berkeley.  The worldwide peace demonstrations have significantly increased awareness of and participation in the strike.

Since the initial call to action was circulated by the NYSPC, students across the world have joined on to the Books Not Bombs strike campaign.  In Austraila, Spain, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Brazil, and Scotland students will be striking in solidarity with the US students.  Sarah Ahmed of the Muslim Students Association said, “its the people on the streets and on the campuses across the globe who are giving UN diplomats their credibility to resist this war.”

As a prepatory event, students will hold local press conferences early next week to announce their strikes and walkouts.  An as-accurate-as-possible list of high schools and colleges participating in the strike will be posted at <www.nyspc.net> no later than Wednesday evening, Feb. 26.  See <www.nyspc.net> for more details including a press kit and weblinks to NYSPC member organizations.

National Student Strike

STRIKE GOES INTERNATIONAL!

NYSPC has been in contact with student and youth movements from across the globe and is excited to announce that participation in the March 5th National Student Strike for Books Not Bombs is going to be much larger than we thought. 
So far, we have received confirmation from the Spanish Students Union and the national organization: Students Against Sanctions and War in Canada that the strike will be taking place nationally in those countries.

We have also been in contact with students in the UK, Austraila, Brazil, Mexico and the EU about interest in the March 5th strike. We will provide a full list of countries and campuses involved when it is ready.

NYSPC welcomes the solidarity and participation of our brothers and sitsters outside US borders and we call on other nations’ youth and students to take up the call as well.  Feel free to re-write the call to action so it reflects your own national and local demands.

If you are involved in a student or youth movement outside the US, contact us to register your participation in the strike.  Our Spanish-translated version of the call to action and other resources are available here.

National Student Strike on 400-plus campuses

Turnout exceeds organizers’ expectations as campuses activated

See the updated list of campuses at: www.nyspc.net/strikelist.html.

Students from San Diego to Maine participated in strikes, walkouts, and boycotts of class yesterday to resist the Bush Administration’s threatened war in Iraq and called for shifting prioities from exporting war abroad to increased domestic education funding.  

High schools and colleges students walked out at various planned times and converged at points either on campus or in central city-wide spots.  Many walkouts and rallies had large turnouts.  Students left school to demonstrate the immediate danger posed by the Bush administration’s unilateral, “pre-emptive strike” policy toward Iraq. Which will lessen U.S. security, endanger Iraqi civilians, erode U.S. international legitimacy, and divert spending from important domestic priorities such as education.  The event was called and coordinated by the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition (NYSPC), an association of 15 national student and youth organizations.  

Organizers estimate that the list of participating campuses will top 400 once the counting is finished.  Organizers had expected between 200 and 300 campuses to participate.  As tallies came in on Wednesday evening, the list grew well past 300 and is still being tabulated.

Students are increasing the energy and tenacity of their protests as the Bush administration’s position becomes increasingly unrepresentative.  Students held sit–ins demanding that administrators make public statements against the war, and Wisconsin and Vermont students marched into their state capitol buildings and demanded to meet with the Governor to press the issue.  

“Our massive national strike, the growing peace movement, and the international efforts to curb US unilateral military action have been succesful and have given the world hope that we can stop this war before it starts,” said spokesperson Ben Waxman.

Despite the icy weather in much of the country, and threats of expulsion and suspension from high school administrators, turnouts at various student rallies were largely higher than expected:  New York City-1200 at Union Square and Hunter College, Philadelphia-700, Penn St.-1500 at walkout, Seattle Central Community College-1000 plus a “die-in,” Chicago DT rally-5,000, Los Angeles-40-50 schools with avg. participation rate at 15-20%, University of Arkansas-1000-1200 walkout, University of Michigan-2000 students boycottted class.

The call for a student strike was also taken up by students in Canada, Spain, Australia, the UK, France, Bulgaria, Greece, Switzerland, and elsewhere abroad.  Australia had the largest turnout with 10,000 students demonstrating in Sydney, and about 30,000 nationwide.

BOOKS NOT BOMBS! – National Student Strike

LIST OF PARTICIPATING CAMPUSES
Find a Books Not Bombs event near you!
(entries organized by state)

230 campuses and growing !
This list is a partial list of confirmed campuses as of 3/4/03.  We 
still have a somewhat of a backlog to post and are constantly receiving new additions 
so keep checking for more. We will update as we are able.To report problems with this list, or to register your school’s participation, contact clearinghouse@tao.caAL- MA states
MA-TX states
TX-WY states
[back to strike homepage]
Campus
 Organization 
City
State/Province
Country
Hendrix College
STARC-180/MDE
Conway
AR
USA
University of Arkansas
Progressive Student Association 
Fayetteville
AR
USA
University of Arkansas–Fort Smith
Arkansas Students for Peace Coalition
Fort Smith
AR
USA
University of Central Arkansas
Conway
AR
USA
Northern Arizona University
Campus Greens
Flagstaff
AZ
USA
Beverly Hills High
Beverly Hills
CA
USA
Cal Arts
San Fernando
CA
USA
Cal-St.-Sacremento
Campus Peace Action 
Sacremento
CA
USA
Chapman University
Orange County Student Alliance
Orange
CA
USA
Chico State
Chico
CA
USA
Clairemont High School
San Diego
CA
USA
Claremont McKenna College
Claremont Colleges Student Peace Coalition
Claremont 
CA
USA
Crossroads School
Los Angeles
CA
USA
De Anza College
Women’s Solidarity Movement
Cupertino
CA
USA
Deer Valley High School
Antioch
CA
USA
Drew College Preparatory High School
San Francisco
CA
USA
Fairfax High School
Los Angeles
CA
USA
Fullerton Union High School
Fulerton 
CA
USA
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont Colleges Student Peace Coalition
Claremont
CA
USA
Laces High School
Los Angeles
CA
USA
Los Gatos High School 
Los Angeles
CA
USA
Mills College
Oakland
CA
USA
Mira Costa College Oceanside
Valencia
CA
USA
Occidental College
Los Angeles
CA
USA
Pitzer College
Claremont Colleges Student Peace Coalition
Claremont
CA
USA
Pomona College
Claremont Colleges Student Peace Coalition
Claremont
CA
USA
Rancho Beuna Vista High School
Vista
CA
USA
San Benito High School
Hollister
CA
USA
San Fernando High School
Los Angeles
CA
USA
San Francisco State Univety
San Francisco
CA
USA
San Jose State University
Students For Justice, Muslim Student Associaiton
San Jose
CA
USA
Santa Paula High School
Santa Paula
CA
USA
Scripps College
Claremont Colleges Student Peace Coalition
Claremont
CA
USA
Sierra College
Associated Students of Sierra College
Grass Valley
CA
USA
St. Mary’s College
Moraga
CA
USA
Stanford University
Stanford Labor Action Coalition, Young Communist League
Palo Alto
CA
USA
Tennyson High School
Hayward
CA
USA
Torrey Pines High School
SPAN
San  Diego
CA
USA
UC-Berkeley
Berkeley Stop the War Coalition
Berkeley
CA
USA
UC-Irvine
Students Against War 
Irvine
CA
USA
UC-Santa Barbara
Student Coalition for Peace
Santa Barbara
CA
USA
Fairview High School
Boulder
CO
USA
University of Colorado at Boulder
Coalition to Wage Peace,Faculty and Staff Against War
Boulder
CO
USA
Central Connecticut State University
Hartford
CT
USA
Common Ground High School
New Haven
CT
USA
Fairfield University
Fairfield
CT
USA
Glastonbury High School
Glastonbury Peace and Justice Organization
Glastonbury
CT
USA
High School in the Community
 New Haven
 CT
USA
Middlesex Community College
Hartford
CT
USA
Quinnipiac University
Hamden
CT
USA
Trinity College
Hartford
CT
USA
Tunxis Community College
Muslim Student Association, Multicultural Student Alliance
Farmington
CT
USA
University of Hartford
Progressive Student Alliance (PSA)
Hartford
CT
USA
Wesleyan University
Wesleyan Students for Peace in Iraq Now
Middleton
CT
USA
Yale University
Yale Peace Coalition
New Haven
CT
USA
Howard University
Amnesty Int’l
Washington
DC
USA
Eckerd College
St. Petersburg
FL
USA
University of Florida, Gainesville
Global Realms,Oxfam, United Students for Fair Trade
Gainesville
FL
USA
Marietta High School
Marietta
GA
USA
Indian Hills Jr. High School
Urbandale
IA
USA
Iowa State University
180/MDE – Campus Greens
Ames
IA
USA
Roosevelt High School
Urbandale
IA
USA
University of Iowa
Iowa City
IA
USA
Valley High School
Central Iowa Students for Peace
Urbandale
IA
USA
Boise High Schools
Boise
ID
USA
Moscow High School
Moscow
ID
USA
College of DuPage 
Campus Greens
Dupage 
IL
USA
Columbia College
Columbia College On the Ground
Chicago
IL
USA
Deerfield High School
Deerfield
IL
USA
Evanston Township High School
Youth for Social Action 
Evanston
IL
USA
Lake Forest College
Lake Forest Students Against Sweatshops
Lake Forest
IL
USA
Lane Tech High School
Lane Tech Activist Network
Chicago
IL
USA
Naperville Central High School
Naperville
IL
USA
Northeastern University
CSAWN
Chicago
IL
USA
Northwestern University
NOWARNU
Evanston
IL
USA
Oak Park River Forest High School
Oak Park
IL
USA
University of Chicago
Chcago
IL
USA
University of Illinois at Chicago
Students for Social Justice
Chicago
IL
USA
Whitney Young High School 
Chicago
IL
USA
Avon High School
Avon
IN
USA
Indiana University
Bloomington
IN
USA
Manchester College
Manchester Students against the War
N. Manchester
IN
USA
University of Kansas
Lawrence
KS
USA
University of Louisville
Citizens Standing Against War
Louisville
KY
USA
Barnstable High School
G/S/A Alliance Against Racism and Violence
Barnstable 
MA
USA
Brookline High School
Brookline
MA
USA
Greenfield Community College
Northhampton
MA
USA
Hampshire College
Amherst
MA
USA
Harvard University
Caimbridge
MA
USA
Lexington High School
Lexington
MA
USA
Marblehead High School
Marblehead
MA
USA

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Campus
Organization
City
State/Province
Country
Contact 
Name
Contact 
Phone
Mount Holyoke College
People Opposing War
S. Hadley
MA
USA
Caitlin Higgins
413-493-4046
Salem State College
Salem
MA
USA
Andrew  French
978-594-5127
Smith College
Smith College Anti-War Coalition
Smith
MA
USA
Lianna Kushi
413-585-7873
UMass-Amherst
Amherst
MA
USA
Wellesley College
Boston
MA
USA
Alexis Early
857-205-1857
Westford Academy
Westford
MA
USA
Tim Sweetaser
978-692-7282
Emerson College
Boston 
MD
USA
Mandie  Yanasak
Univerity of Maryland at College Park
College Park
MD
USA
Sidwell Friends School 
Cabin John
MD
USA
Haley  Koch
301-651-5844
Forman High School
Kennebunk
ME
USA
Christine  Fillyaw
860-567-2921
University of Maine-Orono
Orono
ME
USA
Jennie  Leland
207-866-3297 
Oakland University
Campus Greens and the Political Union
Rochester
MI
USA
Bretton Jone
248-370 2847 
Petoskey High School
Petoskey
MI
USA
Jennifer  Pennell
231-347-8033
University of Michigan
Anti-war Action
Ann Arbor
MI
USA
Max  Sussman
248-345-3498
Southwest State University
Marshall
MN
USA
Jake Sanders 
507-531-0263
St. Cloud State University
People Uniting for Peace, Student Coalition Against Racism 
St. Cloud
MN
USA
Theresa  Flinck
Parkway South High School
St. Louis
MO
USA
Jeremy  Marling
636-394-1896
UM-Kansas City
Muslim Students Association, Campus Greens
Kansas City
MO
USA
Shaunda Wages
816-561-3202
University of Missouri-Rolla
Rolla
MO
USA
Ian Eyeburg
573-364-1927
Delta State University
Cleveland
MS
USA
Ginger Alford
662-846-2874
Bozeman High School
Bozeman
MT
USA
Matt  Trmbley
406-586-6291
Hellgate High School
Missoula
MT
USA
Chris Carlson
406-728-0159
Highland High School
Missoula
MT
USA
Lucy  Gilster
Montana State University-Bozeman
Bozeman
MT
USA
Cort  Felts
406-585-8062
University of Montana
Missoula
MT
USA
Theodore Morrison
406-243-6111
Asheville High School
Asheville
NC
USA
Tucker Wilson
828-252-3414
Athens Drive High School
Raleigh
NC
USA
Josh  Kleinstreue
919-859-9854
Duke University
Durham
NC
USA
Jillian  Johnson
Elkin High School
Elkin
NC
USA
Bevin Dyer
336-835-4973
Hendersonville High School
Hendersonville
NC
USA
Eric  Lynch
North Mecklenburg High School
Davidson 
NC
USA
Samuel  Spencer 
The Mountain Community Middle School 
Charlotte Friends of Reconciliation
Hendersonville
NC
USA
Eric  Lynch
UNC-Asheville
Asheville
NC
USA
Eric  Lynch
 UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill
NC
USA
Liz  Mason-Deese
919 360-0963 
William G. Enloe High School
SURGE
Raleigh
 NC
USA
Lisa Nestor
University if Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln
NE
USA
Jonathan  Jones
402-436-9103
Keene State College
Keene
NH
USA
Christopher  Perkins
603-358-8823
Bergen NJ High Schools
Bergen Action Network
Englewood
NJ
USA
Mike  McLean 
201-378-7377
Drew University
Drew University Coalition for Peace, NJ Peace Action 
Madison
NJ
USA
Kathy Chan
973-769-8712
Freehold High School
NJ Peace and Justice Coalition
Freehold
NJ
USA
Ria Dasgupta
732-303-9656
Lawrence High School
Lawrence
NJ
USA
Tyler
Rutgers University
New Brunswick
NJ
USA
Charlotte Kates
972-297-0161
Churchill County Highschool
Fallon
NJ
USA
Neo
775-867-3808 
Galena High
Reno
NV
USA
Stewart Stout
775-358-2688
Reno High
Reno
NV
USA
Stewart Stout
775-358-2688
Sparks High School
Reno
NV
USA
Stewart Stout
775-358-2688
Truckee Meadows Community College
Reno
NV
USA
Stewart Stout
775-358-2688
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Las Vegas 
NV
USA
Jason Halprin
702-460-6255
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno Anti-War Coalition
Reno
NV
USA
Stewart Stout
775-358-2688
Bard College
Student Action Collective
Annandale-on-Hudson
NY
USA
Rebecca  Seel
845-752-4056
Beacon High School
New York
NY
USA
Brooklyn Law 
New York
NY
USA
Melissa  Chadburn
212-982-2034
Bronx Science High School
New York
NY
USA
Sonrisa Rodriguez-Harrison
Buffalo State University
Buffalo State Students for Peace
Buffalo
NY
USA
Joshua Coppings
716-440-991 
Byram Hills High School
Armonk
NY
USA
Kayti  Weiss
Chatham High School
Spencertown
NY
USA
Brendan O’Connell
914-392-5320
Cornell University 
Cornell University Anti-War Coalition
Ithaca
NY
USA
Tim   Perone 
607-253-6145 
Croton-Harmon High School 
Croton-on-Hudson
NY
USA
914-271-0753
East Hampton High School
East Hampton
NY
USA
Gillian Lizars
631-329-0958
Farragut Middle School
Hastings-on-Hudson
NY
USA
Fashion Institute of Technology
New York
NY
USA
Anne Finkelstein
212-242-6706
Fordham University
New York 
NY
USA
Steve  Strong
917 582 9224
Hunter College
SLAM
New York
NY
USA
212-772-4261/62 or 212-650-3926
Hunter High School
Progressive Forum
New York
NY
USA
Mike
Ithaca High School
Ithaca
NY
USA
Elizabeth Gray
Jamestown CommunityCollege
Jamestown
NY
USA
Louis  Spetz
MarymountManhattan College
Free NSU
New York
NY
USA
Michael  Feldman
718-493-5736
New York University
New York Ciry
NY
USA
Claire Hobden
646-641-6631
Oswego High School
Oswego
NY
USA
Lee  Salisbury
315-342-9321.
Parsons School of Design
New York City
NY
USA
Anne Finkelstein
212-242-6706
Queens College
NY
USA
Johanna  Jones
212-827-0200
Skidmore College
Skidmore Greens ( affiliated with the Campus Greens)
Saratoga Springs
NY
USA
Sarah Kunz
Smithtown
Smithtown
NY
USA
Elizabeth Koke 
631-862-6592
Stuyvesant High School
New York
NY
USA
SUNY Albany
Albany
NY
USA
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia Students for Peace
Fredonia
NY
USA
Catherine Allison
716-673- 4228
SUNY-Buffalo
Buffalo
NY
USA
Becca Town
716-913-1210
SUNY-Oswego
People Opposing War
Oswego
NY
USA
Maureen Curtin
315-312-2611
Kent State University
Kent
OH
USA
Ohio State University
Columbus
OH
USA
Dominic  D’Alonzo
Miami University of Ohio
MU Students for Peace
Oxford
OH
USA
Libero  della Piana
315-312-2611
Ohio University
Athens
OH
USA
University of Oklahoma
Amnesty International 
Norman
OK
USA
Philip  Dow
405-329-4131
Ashland High School
Ashland
OR
USA
Keith Quick
Lewis and Clark
Portland
OR
USA
Milwaukie High School
Milwaulkie
OR
USA
Ben Maras
Oregon State University
Wrench
Corvallis
OR
USA
Angus McBrian
541-760-8881
Southern Oregon University
Media Collective
Ashland
OR
USA
Joseph Flaherty
541-201-0644
University of Oregon
Eugene
OR
USA
541-346-4356
Allegheny College
Allegheny College Peace Coalition
Meadeville
PA
USA
Nicole Yelich
814-724-1306
Drexel University
SSJ, Green’s IDEA, DIS
Philadelphia
PA
USA
Dan Tobin
Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg
PA
USA
Amanda Groff
Lehigh University
Bethlehem
PA
USA
Caralyn Tolles
203-912-8089
Shippensburg University
Student Peace Action Network
Ship
PA
USA
John  La Rosa
717-586-3875
University of Pennsylvania
Penn for Peace and Penn Students Against War in Iraq
Philadelphia
PA
USA
Bem Waxman
215-266-4598
Westminster College
Green Party
New Wilmington
PA
USA
Issac Ludwig
Middle Tennessee State University
Cooperative Media Outlet, Solidarity
Murfeesboro
TN
USA
Ryan Husak
615-849-8642
University of Tennessee
Knoxville
TN
USA
Will Reynolds
865-522-0541

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Campus
Organization
City
State/Province
Country
Contact Name
Contact Phone
Clark High School
San Antonio
TX
USA
Cal  Brower
210-690-4131
Mayde Creek High School
Houston
TX
USA
Sonya Garza
713 854-1985
Rice University
Rice for Peace
Houston
TX
USA
Amanda  Kirschner
713.529.9078
St. Edward’s University
Students United for Peace and Justice
Austin
TX
USA
Yebuny Johnson
512-804-2895 
Trinity University
Trinity U. Coalition for Peace and Justice
San Antonio
TX
USA
Marcus Denton
University of North Texas
Anti-war Operations League
Denton
TX
USA
Mike  Clagg
940-566-5103
University of Texas – Austin
Campus Coalition for Peace and Justice
Austin
TX
USA
Scottie  Buehler
University of Texas-San Antonio
San Antoni
TX
USA
Lacey  Dalby
University of Utah
Strike Coalition, Amnesty International, People for Peace and Justice
Salt Lake City
TX
USA
Alex Mustro
801-587-2222
Castleton State College
Castleton
VT
USA
Johnson State College
VSC Network
Johnson
VT
USA
Matthew Eldridge
802-635-9028
Montpelier High School
Montpelier
VT
USA
Mari  Cordes
802-223-3337
U-32 High School
Montpelier
VT
USA
Mari  Cordes
802-223-3337
University of Vermont
Student Coalition for Peace
Burlington
VT
USA
Sophie Strosberg
802-951-1106
Central Washington University
Progressive Student Union
Ellensburg
WA
USA
Diane  Bedwell
Cornish College of the Arts
Seattle
WA
USA
Sheamus  O’Rork
206-437-4062
Evergreen State College
Olympia
WA
USA
Jake  Rosenblum
Whitman College
Whiman Civil Liberties Union
Walla Walla
WA
USA
Samantha Howell
509-527-5426
Madison East High School
Madison 
WI
USA
Colin  Koffel
608-279-8885
Madison West High School
Madison
WI
USA
Jessie  Phillbin
608-256-8662
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee
WI
USA
Iris
414-975-9900
Marquette
J.U.S.T.I.C.E.
Milwaukee
WI
USA
Peg Kishel
414-244-2970
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Campus Greens
Green Bay
WI
USA
Jeremiah Bohr
920-883-3225
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Campus Greens & Students for Peace
OshKosh
WI
USA
Jessa Thompson
920-237-1989
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Progressive Student Association
Eau Claire
WI
USA
Jeff  Lepper 
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Greens, Diversity Coalition
La Crosse
WI
USA
Michelle Rahn
608-796-1956
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Multicultural Students Coalition
Madison
WI
USA
Youssef Sawan
608-215-7653
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater
WI
USA
Tim Lagerman
262-893-9319
Shepherd College
Shepherd
WV
USA
Chris Scott
304-876-4737

A Young People’s Agenda

With every passing year, the divide between the needs of young people and the policies of our government grow
deeper. Youth and students are organizing to increase money for education, for peace, for environmental justice, for a just immigration policy, for quality healthcare and for worker’s rights. At the same time, our government has pursued policies that have de-funded our schools, lead us to war, polluted our environment, scapegoated and attacked
undocumented workers, crippled our healthcare system, lowered wages and have made it extremely difficult for
workers to join a union.

We believe, now more than ever, that it is time to demand the policies of our government change. By uniting under a
common agenda youth and students across the country can collaborate and effectively exercise our political power.
In the wake of the 2006 mid-term election, one in which young people came out in record numbers to demand
change, we believe we need to come together to build on this political momentum. The current moment is critical for
active engagement on the issues impacting the daily lives of young people. We, as young people, from a variety of
organizations and diversity of backgrounds, have come together to respond to these policies comprehensively and
collectively, and together we will not rest until our agenda is met.

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