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UCSC Students Against War Teach-In Draws Hundreds

On March 3rd, Students Against War (SAW), a newly formed UCSC organization, held a teach-in about the war in Iraq. SAW is comprised of three different campaigns that work closely together to fight against manifestations of the war-machine on a very local level. At the teach-in each group presented its current projects and through break-out groups, encouraged new students to get involved. Here is an overview of what was brought up at the event.
Demilitarization of UCSC

WE DEMAND THAT:

• The US Federal Government fund university research directly instead of funneling it through military agencies that in turn shape the character of research towards the perpetuation of war.

• UCSC and UC undertake no research and development projects for military technology and accept no funding from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA or weapons manufacturing corporations.

• UCSC and UC faculty keep current research projects updated for student and community review.

• UC sever all ties to the management of the nuclear labs at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore.

• Labs cease all targeting of UC students for employment with false information about the nature and duties of the facilities.

Information on the University-Military-Industrial complex:

Nuclear Labs:

* Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) opened in 1943. UC professors immediately got involved and were instrumental in its first major project - the creation of the atomic bomb.

* In 1952 UC opened Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the East Bay. The UC considers both of these actions as a “public service to the nation.?

* Since their inception, the labs have been more than just a site of research and design, actual weapon development and component production is still taking place.

* These weapons blur the line between conventional weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Their development also is breaking the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

* Within the last few years, a University Committee on Research Policy (UCORP) report questioned lab management and its effcts on the university.

* 66% of faculty supported UCORP’s conclusion that the UC’s involvment was not meeting the conditions to be considered an appropriate public service and that the management should end – the regents never acted on this.

* Because of various incidences of mismanagement, the Department of Energy (DoE) has put the labs up for bid for the first time in their 60 year history.

* Bidding is slated for this July with the current contract running out 9/30, although a possible extension could delay this another six months.

* Most bidders are at this point unnanounced or undiscoled. Bidders of note include:

1) UC – yet to formally announce their bid, although it is expected they will, possibly with the help of an undiscoled corporate partner, with whom they are close to a tentative deal.

2) Many weapons related corporations like Bechtel, Northrup Grumman, and the non-profit Batelle Institutes.

3) The activist non-profit groups Tri-Valley CAREs and Nuclear Watch of New Mexico, bidding in an attempt to reform the process along with the state effort to end unclear research at the labs altogether.

* University of Texas, once thought to be a major contender, has backed out, citing in part the pressure from the activist group UTWatch for their decision.

* Corporations don’t want to bid alone, they want the cover of University prestige. UC is the only major university left – if we pressure them out of this, the labs will be revealed as the war-making, UN-violating institutions they are.

Connections between WAR and the UNIVERSITY:

* Universities and the research they conduct are inextricably linked to the military apparatus of the US. Engineering and physical science departments and the DoD essentially comprise one entity dedicated to the continual technological revolution that supports US battlefield dominance.

* Because researchers and faculty are reliant on funds available primarily from military sources, though their research may not be explicitly weapons technology, it is still coordinated by the national military enterprise and thus necessarily functions to serve the interests of profit and war.

Current military research at UCSC:

* There are 34 projects being funded by the DoD at UCSC.

* The DoD pays for 9.86% of all research on campus, that’s a total of $12,449,892.

* “MURI Topic 5? is a good example of this phenomenon. It’s being researched by professors at UCSC’s Electrical Engineering department. It received $3,085,407.00 from the Office of Naval Research. Topic 5 is making thermal-to-electrical energy converters to “enhance stealth, increase payload volume and reduce logistics and manning via automation? (according to the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies). Every university, even UCSC, is playing a part in the present and future endeavors of war. As students at this institution, we have the power to stop it!

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Counter Military Recruitment

The counter-recruitment campaign seeks to ban recruiters from both UCSC and Santa Cruz County high schools. The military is a racist, homophobic, and sexist institution. As an employer it violates the anti-discrimination policy of UCSC. One of the highlights of the teach-in was the presentation by three Harbor High School students.

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Harbor High’s Students for Peace and Justice Turn Up the Heat on Military Recruiters

By Erin-Kate Escobar, Harbor High Student

Students for Peace and Justice was a club formed three years ago by a group of students who wanted to conduct random acts of kindness on campus and in the community. After 9/11 and the following US military actions they saw a need for a student walk-out protesting the decision of going to war with Iraq. After that it became a club that concentrated primarily on resisting war.

Our group on the Harbor High School campus hopes that by creating a place for people to congregate we can come together as activists to educate the rest of the student body about critical issues facing not only the youth of America but the general population as well.

Recently we’ve been focusing on issues of military recruitment. This past Thursday we conducted the first of many more counter-recruitment actions. We set up a table beside the Air force booth and our group played music and dressed in green shirts that stated different words that we see as representative in the military, such as SEXISM and RACISM. We leafleted the school and talked to students who had left the air force booth or were just hanging out. A few of our members walked around campus with a 20 ft sign that read, “Think Before you Enlist.?

We had just as many people come visit our booth if not more than the air force. Our objective is not to be anti-military or cause problems on campus, but to show our student body that the military isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be and that there are a lot of things they should be aware of before enlisting. We want students who are thinking about enlisting to know the truth about their contract, what the military recruiters won’t tell you. They are signing up for 8 years and any part of their contract can be changed at anytime. Students are told they can easily become pilots when in reality only about 2% of people in the air force will ever see flight time. We want students to be aware of these facts and many other myths the military spreads so they know that it’s not the glorified image they see on commercials.

For the future we hope to gain more members and build our group as well as our tactics. We hope to start doing some guerilla theater and some more radical/aggressive leafleting to get the word out and better reach our fellow students.

We are open to UCSC’s support. If you are interested in helping us during anti-recruitment actions please contact UCSC Students Against War (SAW) at ucscantiwar (at) yahoo.com or attend one of their meetings, Fridays at 5 in conference room D (above the Baytree Bookstore). We have begun coming to SAW meetings and have been building connections with their counter-recruitment team. Also, we hope to possibly start bi-monthly movie nights in conjunction with UCSC’s Revolution Youth

. If you want to attend our meetings they are every Friday from 10:15-10:45 in room H-1 at Harbor High School. Please feel free to contact Erin-Kate Escobar (eekers (at) pacbell.net) if you would like to get in contact with Students for Peace and Justice.

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The PATRIOT ACT and the Surveillance of International Students


S.E.V.I.S.
(Student Exchange Visitor Information System)


What is the SEVIS Program:

- SEVIS is a national computer system operated by the INS

- It became a law in 2002 under the PATRIOT ACT

- Under a new law mandated by Congress, schools are required to input private student records on every non-resident studying in the U.S. on a student visa.

- Informations required icludes name, country of orgin, current address, major, student status, financial information, misconduct.

- The government can expand their information to anything they deem “relevant.?

- Acess to this information is available to the INS, State Dept., DOE, FBI, CIA and other federal agencies.

Now schools are in collaboration with the INS. Schools are informants instead of advocates


International students are paying a $100 fee to pay for their surveillance,


What is the SEVIS $100 I-901 fee used for?

- Support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors.

- Maintain enforcement oversight to ensure schools are maintaining acurate, timely information.

- Ensure studemts or visitors who fail to maintain status either leave the U.S. or apply for reinstatement,

- Schools have the option to pay this fee for their students (UCSC charges international students).


Why is SEVIS dangerous?


- SEVIS criminalizes international students. It is a mechanism for racial profiling. It may be used to intimidate, round-up, arrest, “disappear,? and deport targeted groups.

- The atomasphere of intimidation created by SEVIS works to silence international students. The U.S. is at war with many of the counrties and cultures that these students represent. Their voices must be heard. Under SEVIS, student “misconduct? (such as criticsim of the government or non-violence civil disobediencecan be reported and can lead to deportation.

- SEVIS violates student privacy. Until now all students were protected by the Familt Education Records Protection Act (FERPA). SEVIS madates that schools help the government to spy on students by divulging their provate records. SEVIS strips FERPA.

- SEVIS affects all of us! If the government is allowed to force colleges to police international students, a system that polices us all may not be far behind


If the voices of international students are silenced, whose voices will be silenced next?


Our Demands:

1. UCSC must stop administrating SEVIS.

2. UCSC must pay the $100 charged to foreign students or refund their money

3. UCSC (and the other UC’s) must pull out from the SEVIS program immediately

Keep your eye out for our petition and sign it!

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Students Against War (SAW) meets
Fridays from 5-7 pm
in Baytee Conference Room D
(above the bookstore)

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Get the Word Out on the Radio

Good work, UCSC-skies.

You might try linking up with Free Radio Santa Cruz and peace organizations down here.

Interested folks are invited to call in on my show 6-8 PM Thursday evening at 427-3772 at 101.1 FM, or leave a message at 423-HUFF for a more convenient time.

I also urge SAW to get its own radio show on Free Radio (go to www.freakradio.org for more details).

Does SAW broadcast regularly on the campus radio station? When?
 

Harbor High-skees and Others Also Welcome

Definitely. This invitation is not limited to those on the hill.

HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) has been holding an informal "Vigil Against Two Wars" for several years now, on and off. Check out www.huffsantacruz.org .

It seems real important to me that groups like the Santa Cruz Peace Coalition and Women in Black make some contact with student groups and vice versa.

In numbers there is strength.
 

Re: UCSC Students Against War Teach-In Draws Hundreds

This is old and odd news. I wish it had drawn hundreds. But in the spirit of Cabral's "claim no easy victories," let's be honest and admit it drew no more than 100.
 

Re: UCSC Students Against War Teach-In Draws Hundreds

"This is old and odd news"

Sorry, but the war is still raging and people are organizng to resist it. feel free to post some new and interesting material. or better yet, why don't YOU organize anti-war resistance, post an article to santa cruz indymedia, and STOP WAR.
 

Yes, It Did Draw More Than 100

Using a technique I learned from the infamous V-man, I counted at least 137, and that was at least an hour and a half after the meeting had started and some had already left.

These students are organized and focused and, I believe, can and will make a difference in the antiwar movement. They are not alone. Student groups around the nation are demanding an end to military research and development, recruiting and the harrassment of foreign students on their campuses. Together, they form a mighty force to be reckoned with. I think Anonymous has underestimated their determination.
 

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