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Anti-Military Action at MIT, June 9 (english)
19 Jun 2003
MIT's Anti-War Coalition executed a banner lift on graduation day to protest MIT's continued partnership with the US war machine and to challenge graduating students to work for peace. (article 4)
On Monday, June 9th, members of the MIT Anti-War Coalition launched two banners suspended by roughly 160 large helium balloons. The action was sparked by a recent $50 million grant from the army to MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology. Official press releases declared that the funds are for research to develop materials for the "soldier of the future." Some students were left wondering about the soldier of the past, as thousands of veterans are homeless and in need of services, while Bush's 2004 budget cut funding for veterans' programs.

One banner congratulated the Class of 2003 and had an image of Albert Einstein exhorting them to "Work for Peace." The other banner featured a tank, with the turret being made of MIT's most familiar logo, columns and a dome.

The action was consistent with the Coalition's motto: "We will not be cogs in the war machine!" Coalition members noted MIT's incestuous relationship with the US military, mentioning such subdivisions as Lincoln Labs, Draper Labs and the ISN. An off-campus group is currently holding vigils every other Monday at noon at Draper Labs on Broadway, just up from Kendall Square.
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