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UCSC says NO! to War in Iraq

UCSC Student Government passes a resolution condemming war against Iraq.

On Tuesday November 12th the UCSC Student Union Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemming a pre-emptive military attack against the nation of Iraq. The resolution was drafted by the organization Standing United for Peace, a peace coalition of students, staff and city residents.

The resolution urges a peaceful resolution while putting pressure on the University's chancellor MRC Greenwood to take a stance against the war. The students are asking for UCSC's Faculty Senate to vote on a similar resolution as well.

Similar student government resolutions have been passed nationwide, in cities including Berkeley CA, Ithaca NY, and Austin TX.

RESOLUTION TEXT:

Whereas, no proven link has been made between the attacks on September 11, 2001 and the government of Iraq, and

Whereas, unilateral action against Iraq by the United States would undermine the basic foundations of international law, and

Whereas, diplomatic solutions have not been exhausted and the international community has not lent its support for war against Iraq, and

Whereas, a war with Iraq would jeopardize the lives of innocent people and American soldiers, and

Whereas, the doctrine of ‘pre-emptive’ puts at risk precisely those Americans who are of draft age, this includes students of UCSC and their peers, and

Whereas, a war with Iraq would jeopardize the lives of Iraqi civilians who have already suffered enormously under the current Iraqi regime, United Nations sanctions and US/UK bombings , and

Whereas, a war with Iraq would further aggravate the situation in the Middle East, possibly leading to a wider, regional war, and

Whereas, a war with Iraq would escalate anti-American sentiment, increasing support for Al-Queda and other extremist groups, threatening the safety of people around the world, including Americans, and

Whereas, this war will cost billions of US taxpayer dollars and has the potential to stall and threaten the stability of the US economy, and

Whereas, UCSC students have voiced their opposition to a war against Iraq in the form of a ‘Not In Our Name Pledge of Resistance’ and through hundreds of UCSC student’s petitions to Chancellor MRC Greenwood asking her to take a stance against this war.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the University of California, Santa Cruz Student Union Assembly is firmly opposed to U.S. military intervention in Iraq. And furthermore, the SUA urges the U.S. and Iraqi governments to work in good faith towards ensuring the return of UN weapons inspectors, alleviating the suffering of the Iraqi people through an end to UN sanctions, and through abiding by the framework of international law. Lastly, be it resolved that the UCSC Student Union Assembly urges the UCSC Academic Senate to vote on a resolution concerning the United States’ foreign policy with regards to a possible war against Iraq.
 
 


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Bravo UCSC!

As an Alumni of UCSC from whom nobody ever hears (I have lived in Europe for 15 years), I have come across the list of cities who are taking a stand for Peace i.e. preventing War with Iraq --- and UCSC is the ONLY student body listed under "California" who has become involved in taking a stand. Let us hope you have an influence on others who will follow! Seeing the media and events from a world view, it is simply no less than frightening to my very American heart. I was just in the USA for 3 weeks and was astounded at the blast of media everywhere which seems to leave NO doubt but that we must wage war......this is Absurd, but a snowball that is growing rapidly and catching in also very intelligent people. The USA media NEEDS more imput from a standpoint of World Peace - keep it up!

Sincerely from
Elizabeth Bice in Vienna
 

WELL DONE

You have lifted my spirits...our only hope is if young people stand up against this lunacy. You make me proud to be an American
 

Causa Belli

I quote the British Royal Court poet Andrew Motion latest anti-war poem:


CAUSA BELLI by Andrew Motion

They read good books, and quote, but never learn
a language other than the scream of rocket-burn.
Our straighter talk is drowned but ironclad:
elections, money, empire, oil and Dad.

End quote.
 

Resolution not enough

Resolutions are fine but not enough. See my white paper on the situation and a plan of action at www.normbert.com under Bert-a-Gram #4. Infiltrate to legislate.

Norm Bertasavage
 

UCSC students are true Heroes!

They work for the sake of suffering people. They cherish the enlightened view of the oneness of all life. They are certain to enjoy "peace and security in this life and good circumstances in the next" as promised in the Lotus Sutra.
You are our hope and pride.
 

inspirational!

Great work - in MLK Jr´s words, your declaration is a "beacon of light of hope". Much needed inspiration for other Student Unions!
 

embarassed

I'm embarassed that my University (of Arizona) has no such action as yours. Keep it up!!
 

Niiiiice!!!!

Awesome, keep up the good work and keep fighting for what is right. Thank you and I hope IU-Bloomington can follow your lead. Oh yeah, a good saying I heard and thought I would share is: Fighting for peace is like Fucking for virginity
 

naninanibooboo, were going to war to LIBERATE iraq

naninanibooboo, were going to war to LIBERATE iraq.. Itll be funny once we become 100% successful and then you guys look dumb for supporting hussein, dictator LOVERS!
 

liberating Iraq

How about we liberate the American public from having to work for MONTHS every year just to pay the "taxes" (read: extortion) for Washington's military adventures?

You want to liberate Iraq? Go do it on your own dime, and get your hand out of my wallet! It's hard enough just paying rent and buying groceries, without you warmongers raping me every April 15th to pay for your war games.

America is now $6 TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. And the economy is collapsing as we speak. Doesnt that mean ANYTHING to you? Let me put it in perspective - you make $60k per year salary (and that's BEFORE taxes!), you have $180k in credit card debt, AND your job just announced you're getting a 30% cut in pay this year.

And now you want to give $20k to some fucked-up front-for-the-Italian-mafia so-called charity?!?!

Let me guess - you also think that "war is good for the economy"? Okay, let the Army fight the Navy in a big heavy-artillery cage match and we'll sit back while the magic money rolls in... or even better, you can just cash this reality check right now.

My god, listen to yourself.

-Van
 

naninanibooboo, were going to LIBERATE iraq

dear idiot, er, i mean van,
Thanks for putting words in my mouth, i never said war was gonna be good for our economy, obviously its gonna be hard on us, but then again so would nuclear weapons detonated in major american cities, i doubt the economic loss from that type of horrific situation would compare to that of going into iraq and disarming gaydam hussein, not to mention the cost of innocent American lives.... besides, once we take over iraq, we can use their oil to pay off the expenses of war, then return the oil back to the iraqis...

Just because you hate Bush, you dont have to hate his policies, make your choice based on whats good for America..
 

The fate of war ultimately rests in Husseins hands

I see the rallies and people that portray President Bush as a warmonger and a greedy man who wishes only to take the oil of Iraq.
I find this concept ludicrous and downright wrong.
It seems that people have no concept of the moral integrity our president is showing by evoking the ridicule of our countries peers by standing up for it's commitments as put forth in the resolutions the entire UN agreed to and adopted.
To go to war with Iraq for the cause of liberation, global security and undeniable duty upholds the principles which is the basis for all free countries.
Saddam has taken the freedom from his people and rules through terrorist acts of violence and barbarity.
If a serial killer was stalking our streets we would do everything in our capabilities to find him and have justice dealt to him. Out of fear of our own safety if for no other reason.
Well we have a serial killer before us. Saddam is that serial killer. He has murdered his neighbors, his colleagues, even members of his own immediate family. He has used chemical weapons on his own people. The very people who he is supposed to protect. He has done this for no other reason than to bring them into compliance. He has done to his own people far worse than we would do in the event of war. We would be saving thousands of Iraqi lives.
If Saddam is able to continue to produce more biological and chemical weapons, not to mention nuclear weapons, he will endanger not thousands or even hundreds of thousands, but millions, and I stress MILLIONS of lives, even yours, and your mothers and your sons, or daughters, wife, or husband. Friends, and family will all be under a fatal threat by a regime that views Americans as it's worst enemy. A country that drops chemical weapons on it's own citizens. By a man who took his children into an Iraqi prison handed them guns and forced them to commit murder by executing political prisoners with their child hands. Raising them to be more vicious then he himself. These are the people who will be in control of these terrible weapons. If they will use such violence against their own citizens and neighbors think of the things he would do to us, if not through deliberate attacks then through terrorist channels.
September 11, made the proud people of this country feel terrified, and insecure. We hope to forget that tragedy and we become complacent. Yet we are now under a greater threat than ever before. A threat no jumbo jet could compare to. This threat is not caused by President Bush. The consequences Iraq faces for non compliance is the only driving force in it's recent concessions to UN weapons inspectors. If we cannot talk Saddam out of his weapons, or even into compliance, we MUST be ready to support our President in this time of vulnerability. To be divided endangers not only ourselves but our soldiers in the field, one of which is my own brother. It is utterly disheartening to a soldier to see his/her own brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers show no support to them in their time of greatest need, a time when Americans should rally to their cause. We sap their strength, and we sap their courage, and make them question themselves when they need their wits and courage the most. When they need to be focused.
If we DO go to war, and I hope we do not, we need to be behind our President and behind our brothers and sisters in the field. We need to show them our support. We need them to know they are doing the right thing.
I said my goodbyes last week to my brother when he shipped out for the Middle East. I let him know that I was behind him. And in the event that we would never see each other again he told me that he was confident that he was doing what was necessary to assure the safety of his family, of his wife and three little girls. He has no doubts about this cause, and if he does meet his end in this fight for a cause "we all" should believe in, he will have no regrets.
In conclusion, I hope beyond hopes that if not the world, than at least our citizens can set aside their differences and come together as one people, to rally behind this cause that is not about oil or power, but about protecting the world and ourselves against murderers, terrorists and tyrants. We are not thieves who would take by force the resources of others. We are liberators who would give something more valuable than gold. Security, happiness, and FREEDOM.
Thank you for listening and I hope you will pass this on to the public.
Sincerely, Joab Rubio of Utah

Just as a side note. We do NOT wish the deaths of innocent Iraqi civilians. In the event of war we will do every thing in our power to prevent the deaths of innocents. Furthermore, I am sure we can all remember the interviews Saddam did with reporters during the Gulf War that showed him using children as human shields to prevent assassination attempts. He hid behind those children to protect himself.
He has the luxury of choosing his battleground we do not. He has chosen once again to use innocents as human shields. He has decided to barricade himself inside the walls of Bagdad to hide behind civilians.
He could choose exile and ALL war would be prevented. Alternatively, he could choose total compliance with the UN. an easy thing to do. South Africa did just this and look at them now, they enjoy the freedom of democracy, thank's in no small part to the U.S.A.. They even attend UN meetings. But if he chooses to defy and endanger. The lives lost will be on his head. Yes we will try to prevent innocent deaths, but he will not. You can be assured of that.

 

The fate of the war ultimately rests in Husseins hands

I see the rallies and people that portray President Bush as a warmonger and a greedy man who wishes only to take the oil of Iraq.
I find this concept ludicrous and downright wrong.
It seems that people have no concept of the moral integrity our president is showing by evoking the ridicule of our countries peers by standing up for it's commitments as put forth in the resolutions the entire UN agreed to and adopted.
To go to war with Iraq for the cause of liberation, global security and undeniable duty upholds the principles which is the basis for all free countries.
Saddam has taken the freedom from his people and rules through terrorist acts of violence and barbarity.
If a serial killer was stalking our streets we would do everything in our capabilities to find him and have justice dealt to him. Out of fear of our own safety if for no other reason.
Well we have a serial killer before us. Saddam is that serial killer. He has murdered his neighbors, his colleagues, even members of his own immediate family. He has used chemical weapons on his own people. The very people who he is supposed to protect. He has done this for no other reason than to bring them into compliance. He has done to his own people far worse than we would do in the event of war. We would be saving thousands of Iraqi lives.
If Saddam is able to continue to produce more biological and chemical weapons, not to mention nuclear weapons, he will endanger not thousands or even hundreds of thousands, but millions, and I stress MILLIONS of lives, even yours, and your mothers and your sons, or daughters, wife, or husband. Friends, and family will all be under a fatal threat by a regime that views Americans as it's worst enemy. A country that drops chemical weapons on it's own citizens. By a man who took his children into an Iraqi prison handed them guns and forced them to commit murder by executing political prisoners with their child hands. Raising them to be more vicious then he himself. These are the people who will be in control of these terrible weapons. If they will use such violence against their own citizens and neighbors think of the things he would do to us, if not through deliberate attacks then through terrorist channels.
September 11, made the proud people of this country feel terrified, and insecure. We hope to forget that tragedy and we become complacent. Yet we are now under a greater threat than ever before. A threat no jumbo jet could compare to. This threat is not caused by President Bush. The consequences Iraq faces for non compliance is the only driving force in it's recent concessions to UN weapons inspectors. If we cannot talk Saddam out of his weapons, or even into compliance, we MUST be ready to support our President in this time of vulnerability. To be divided endangers not only ourselves but our soldiers in the field, one of which is my own brother. It is utterly disheartening to a soldier to see his/her own brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers show no support to them in their time of greatest need, a time when Americans should rally to their cause. We sap their strength, and we sap their courage, and make them question themselves when they need their wits and courage the most. When they need to be focused.
If we DO go to war, and I hope we do not, we need to be behind our President and behind our brothers and sisters in the field. We need to show them our support. We need them to know they are doing the right thing.
I said my goodbyes last week to my brother when he shipped out for the Middle East. I let him know that I was behind him. And in the event that we would never see each other again he told me that he was confident that he was doing what was necessary to assure the safety of his family, of his wife and three little girls. He has no doubts about this cause, and if he does meet his end in this fight for a cause "we all" should believe in, he will have no regrets.
In conclusion, I hope beyond hopes that if not the world, than at least our citizens can set aside their differences and come together as one people, to rally behind this cause that is not about oil or power, but about protecting the world and ourselves against murderers, terrorists and tyrants. We are not thieves who would take by force the resources of others. We are liberators who would give something more valuable than gold. Security, happiness, and FREEDOM.
Thank you for listening and I hope you will pass this on to the public.
Sincerely, Joab Rubio of Utah

Just as a side note. We do NOT wish the deaths of innocent Iraqi civilians. In the event of war we will do every thing in our power to prevent the deaths of innocents. Furthermore, I am sure we can all remember the interviews Saddam did with reporters during the Gulf War that showed him using children as human shields to prevent assassination attempts. He hid behind those children to protect himself.
He has the luxury of choosing his battleground we do not. He has chosen once again to use innocents as human shields. He has decided to barricade himself inside the walls of Bagdad to hide behind civilians.
He could choose exile and ALL war would be prevented. Alternatively, he could choose total compliance with the UN. an easy thing to do. South Africa did just this and look at them now, they enjoy the freedom of democracy, thank's in no small part to the U.S.A.. They even attend UN meetings. But if he chooses to defy and endanger. The lives lost will be on his head. Yes we will try to prevent innocent deaths, but he will not. You can be assured of that.

 

Praise you anti-war protesters

Dear fellow anti-war protesters,
this is saddam hussein, and i would like to thank you for supporting me against your own countries and for helping me to stay in power. Now i can use your protests as a way to divide the world and hopefully develop even more weapons before anyone can do anything about it. I praise your support, now i will proceed to kill my civilians, degrade and rape women, kill any politcal opponents, control all my slaves, oops, i mean my fellow iraqi citizens, form more terrorist ties with al quada, give support to north korea and drop nuclear weapons on you democratic, capitalist, freedom loving pigs, thanks once again LIBERALS!
 

Hope for democracy

Vaya con Dios!
 

Bravo!

I commend you for taking this action and supporting peace.
 

Wilma Wheeler

Don't you mean for supporting Saddam Hussein's regime, for supporting the continuation of Saddam atrocities, or the supporting of his building more weapons, of enslaving more people under him, just thought your idea of this supporting peace was kinda funny, so i thought i would clarify your opinion.
 

you students

dont you have better things to do on MY tax money? like study?????????????
 

Good Work! Keep Up The Momentum!

Good work on your anti-war resolution!

Help us send an anti-war message to our student government at the University of Nebraska at Omaha!

Despite the multiple student actions occuring on our campus against the war, the UNO student government voted against a letter of statement comdemning preemptive strikes in a 17-3 vote last evening (3/6/03). Please see the attachment and take a moment of your time to email members of the UNO student government regarding this letter of statement.

For equality and justice,

Angie Robertson
 

BRAVO!

Keep up your great work waging peace. Patty Hall (Stevenson, '70)
 

Really

So you want to keep a regime that lines inocent people up and makes them jump into a shredder in front of others telling them that if they go against them this is what well happen to them....
What a lovely bunch of niave cocoanuts u are !
 

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