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UCSC Faculty Senate Anti-war Resolution

UCSC Faculty Senate unanimously passes resolution against a US war on Iraq!
UCSC's Academic Senate held it's winter quarter meeting today (Wednesday, February 19), voting overwhelmingly for a resolution opposing "unilateral US Military intervention in Iraq". The vote was 58-0 with two members of the senate abstaining.

The resolution was drafted by the UCSC Student peace coalition, Standing United for Peace. On November 12th, the UCSC Student Union Assembly passed a similar resolution, and the Santa Cruz city council was the first city to pass a resolution opposing the war (92 other US cities have such passed similar resolutions). The only other university i could find who's faculty have passed a similar resolution is the University of Wisconsin- Plattville.

Thank you to all the faculty members who participated.

Next step: Santa Cruz seceeds from the union?

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Resolution Against U.S. Military Intervention in Iraq

TO: THE ACADEMIC SENATE, SANTA CRUZ DIVISION

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 American soldiers and innocent civilians, 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: the United States government estimates a war could cost up to $200 billion, increasing a defense budget that is already almost seven times that of the education budget;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

THAT the University of California, Santa Cruz Academic Senate is firmly opposed to U.S. military intervention in Iraq.
 
 


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Wrong resolution

The resolution on your web site was not passed by the Academic Senate -- it was replaced by a different resolution under a motion to substitute.
 

Amended Resolution

Resolution Against Unilateral U.S. Military Intervention in Iraq

Whereas, No proven link has been established between the attacks on September 11, 2001, and the government of Iraq, and the government of Iraq has so far not been shown to pose a clear and present danger to the security of the United States or its citizens; and

Whereas, Diplomatic efforts and weapons inspections continue in Iraq, the international community has not lent its support for war against Iraq, and unilateral preemptive action against Iraq by the United States would undermine the basic foundations of international law; and

Whereas, A war with Iraq would jeopardize the lives of American soldiers as well as the lives of Iraqi civilians who have already suffered enormously under the current Iraqi regime; and

Whereas, A war with Iraq would further aggravate tensions in the Middle East and escalate anti-American sentiment around the world, increasing support for Al-Qaeda and other extremist groups and increasing the threat of terrorism against Americans and others; and

Whereas, war in Iraq would interfere with numerous University international initiatives and programs; and

Whereas, A war with Iraq would significantly impact the University of California, Santa Cruz, through the lives of campus community members and their families and through the diversion of hundreds of billions of dollars to warfare at a time that education funding for the current and next generation of students is being drastically cut; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California urges the government of the United States of America to work with the United Nations to obtain compliance by Iraq with United Nations Security Council resolutions concerning the disarmament by Iraq of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and to fully support the work of the international weapons inspectors in Iraq; and

Resolved, That the Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California opposes unilateral preemptive war against Iraq.
 

What Did it Say?

Senate Member,

Can you please post the text of the resolution.?

This website is open publishing.
 

Who Weakened the Resolution?

The final resolution looks weaker in not including:
a call for an end to sanctions against Iraq
the specific costs of the war to the U.S.
the implicit criticism of the war budget by comparing it specifically to the educational budget.

Can anyone who heard the debate on the issue clarify why the resolution was weakened and who were the principal people who weakened it?
 

friendly amendment

The revised text was accepted by its sponsor in its entirety as a "friendly amendment" and served, I think, to phrase things more tightly (fewer "whereas" clauses) and also in terms of what the war will mean for the campus community. While some phrases were softened, other phrases were added or strengthened.

Conversations I overheard after the vote revealed that without the amended changes, the resolution would have passed, but not unopposed. That would have been a shame. The amendment brought debate to a quick close and removed all opposition, enabling a 58-0 vote. This is far more important than achieving (for example) a 48-10 vote on an amendment with very slightly different character,

So I think this was a huge political success, and congratulations are in order for the students who drafted the amendment, and the faculty who sponsored and amended the resolution.

Fiat pax!
 

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