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Peace On Fire: Sustained Dissent In an Era of War

Peace On Fire: Sustained Dissent In an Era of War

Saturday, May 17, 2003
College Nine/Ten Dining Hall, UCSC
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Peace On Fire: Sustained Dissent In an Era of War

Saturday, May 17, 2003
College Nine/Ten Dining Hall, UCSC

A two-part program including day-time speakers and workshops,
and an evening of cultural expressions. Free.

12:30 to 6:30 PM: speakers and workshops
break, with time to talk with the speakers, etc.
8:30 to 11:00 PM: music, poetry and politics

Attend day-time workshops offered by renowned guests, including:
Mario Africa (Committee for Conscientious Objectors)
Ibrahim Ramey (Fellowship of Reconciliation)
Walidah Imarisha (AWOL Magazine)
Jeremy Glick (Another World is Possible)

The evening program will consist of regional poets reciting original material, and the acoustic performance of LA-based musicians Quetzal. Regional and student poets include Ekua Omosupe, Deborah Turner, Palomar Sanchez, and others.

Prior to the invasion of Iraq by US and British troops, millions throughout the world voiced their opposition towards the use of military action. This level of mobilization is testimony to a new "global majority" which is a powerful force. Many who are committed to social justice face the challenge of how to sustain a high level of civic participation in opposing the military industrial complex, particularly after witnessing a war in which the voices of the global majority as well as the United Nations were blatantly disregarded. Our goal is to reflect on the positive work being done by anti-war activists, looking for practical applications to build on the important momentum that has been building in recent years. In many ways Peace On Fire aims to answer the question of many, which is: Where Do We Go From Here?

The workshops and cultural expressions intend to bring forth unique and tangible tools for students and community members to be part of. Equally important, the cultural expression of regional poets will provide a living example that art can be used not as an escape but as a way to further social justice and heal in times of war.

For more information, call 459-5854 or 459-3142, or read the following workshop descriptions.

This event is sponsored by College Nine and College Ten Cocurricular Programs, with generous support from CJTC, CIGRS, Sociology Department, SUA, CAU, CIA, EOP, Merrill Senate, AWOL Magazine, and many other campus and community groups.

Selected workshop topics:

Military Out of Our Schools/Third World Outreach Program: Mario Africa, Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO). Recruiters are salespeople with quotas to meet. If students are learning about the military from recruiters alone, they are only getting part of the story. The Central Committee of Conscientious Objectors works with young people at the local level across the country. In the 2002 Congress passed the No Child Left Behind legislation. Part of legislation required that school boards would provide contact information to military recruiters. Organizations like CCCO have been successful in disseminating information to high school students throughout the nation so that they can prevent recruiters from taking advantage of young people.

A National Peoples' Truth Commission on National Budget Priorities (ITC): Ibrahim Ramey, Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR). Defense figures presented by the White House are distorted. In March 2003, President Bush asked and received 80Billion in "discretionary" funds to pay for the initial cost of the war. Ibrahim Ramey will discuss how the government manipulates these costs. He is a leader in coordinating efforts to require the government to provide accurate information of military spending. What the Truth Commissions seek as a goal is to expose the true nature of the war budget, and demand a real budget for human-centered and peaceful priorities.

AWOL Magazine; Revolutionary Artist Workshop: Walidah Imarisha
Just days after 9/11, Clear Channel Communications, the media giant that owns over 1300 radio station across the nation, issued a "do not play" list of songs that they felt would be offensive to the American public. This list included "Ticket to Ride" from the Beatles & Elton John's "Rocket Man". Ironically, not one of the songs was from a hip-hop group or performer. Hip Hop is perhaps the strongest voice of artistic expression for youth in the US, However, the content of what receives airplay is far removed from the roots of hip-hop and underground hip-hop culture that has adopted this movement as a viable voice of political expression. This workshop will focus on how creative and alternative media is the only way to embrace art as a means of social critique.

Some Bodies are Worth More than Others: Jeremy Glick
Rutgers professor and contributor to Stress Magazine and the Village Voice, Jeremy Glick urges participants to take action at the root causes of war and other social problems. Turn your anti-war movement into an anti-imperialist movement, refocusing terror to foreground the experience of oppressed nationalities on a day to day level.


Wendy Baxter
Manager of Cocurricular Programs
Social Justice and Community
College Nine and College Ten
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-3142
FAX (831) 459-3159
wbaxter (at)

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