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Northeast Student Peace Conference
09 Nov 2001
The Boston Campus Anti-War Coalition and NYSAW (New York Schools Against War) will host the Northeast Campus Conference Against War and Racism to organize students across the Northeast in the wake of September 11. The conference will be held the weekend of November 10 and 11, as part of a National Weekend of Conferences that activists say will escalate pressure to stop the war abroad and at home.
7 November 2001

Northeast Regional Campus Conference Against War and Racism
Press Conference Saturday Morning, Nader to Speak Saturday Night

Contact: Liz Heslep, Emerson College Student and Filmmaker, 617-308-4572
Valerie Costa, conference organizer and long-time Boston-area activist, 617-271-5106
Mandie Yanasak, Student Labor Action Project organizer, experience includes work
on the Harvard Living Wage Sit-in of April 2001, 617-688-5393

The Boston Campus Anti-War Coalition, a coalition of student groups from twelve Boston-area campuses, united to fight war and racism, will host the Northeast Campus Conference Against War and Racism to organize students across the Northeast in the wake of September 11. The conference will be held the weekend of November 10 and 11, as part of a National Weekend of Conferences that activists say will escalate pressure to stop the war abroad and at home. As students attend workshops and panels at Boston University, students across the nation will do the same at solidarity conferences at University of California - Berkeley, George Washington University in Washington D.C., and at the University of Ohio, in Chicago.

An open press conference will be held Saturday, November 10, at 10AM at Boston University in Room 316 in the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, 725 Commonwealth Avenue.

Conference organizers expect upwards of 250 students will travel to Boston from high schools and universities across the Northeast, as far north as Vermont and Maine, as far west as Pennsylvania and as far south as New York City to attend the weekend conference. Word about the Northeast Conference has even reached the ears of student activists abroad! A university peace and justice group in South Africa has endorsed the Boston conference!

After Saturday’s panels and workshops, former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader will speak at 7:30PM at the Orpheum Theater, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, at an event held in conjunction with the Boston Conference. The Super Rally will also feature Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” and Patti Smith and her Band. Many speakers at the event, along with conference organizers, assert that peace and justice work is in fact a service to the people of the U.S. and the world. “You can’t have security without peace and justice,” said conference organizer Lara Jirmanus, recent Harvard graduate and former member of the Harvard Living Wage Campaign. “Carpet bombing innocents and curbing civil liberties won’t guarantee our safety.”

The conference will begin with the premiere of critically acclaimed, award-winning independent film maker Robbie Leppzer’s latest film, “Voices for Peace,” which features interviews with Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and documents the first national peace demonstrations. The Day of Panels and Workshops on Saturday, in the Law School Auditorium, 785 Commonwealth Ave, Boston will cover topics ranging from U.S. foreign policy to domestic effects of the current war, to movement building and organizer and activist skills-sharing. On Sunday, students will gather in the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 825 Commonwealth Avenue, for a delegated meeting to set goals and form a regional network of students against war and racism. A tentative schedule of the weekend is attached.

Northeast Campus Conference Against War and Racism
Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, at Boston University
Tentative Schedule as of November 7, 2001

Day of Panels and Workshops
Saturday, November 10th from 10AM-6PM
9-10AM: Registration.
Law School Auditorium Lobby, 765 Commonwealth Avenue

10 AM: Press Conference
Room 316, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University
725 Commonwealth Avenue

10-11:30AM : Morning Panel: What is the War on Terrorism?
Law School Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Avenue
Speakers will discuss the recent history and current situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan,
and the Middle East as they relate to September 11 and the current war. Speakers will
also address the effects of the war at home in terms of racism, attacks on civil liberties and
immigrants’ rights, increasing economic disparity and the War on Drugs. Ultimately, by
looking at the broad international picture, the panel will present another view on the
objectives of the current war.
Nafisa Hoodbhoy, journalist in Karachi, Pakistan for the past 16 years
Anthony Arnove, editor of South End Press, Middle East expert.
Clifford Thornton, President of Efficacy, a non-profit organization advocating
peaceful responses to social problems
Richard Jenkins, Professor of Population Sciences at the Harvard School of
Public Health, member of the Advisory Board of the International Society for
Ecosystem Health and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

11:30AM-12:45PM: Workshops – First block
College of Arts and Sciences, 685-725 Commonwealth Avenue
Twenty-four workshops have been contributed by various community and student
groups throughout the Boston Area and across the Northeast.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
“School of the Americas Training Camp for Terrorists”; Screenings of
Independent Films on the Peace Movement; Globalization and War; Israel & Palestine; Iraq: The Gulf War and Sanctions; Media Training; Defending free speech on campus; War and Oil; Political Art Making; The Labor Movement & War; How to Organize on Campus; Militarization on Campus; The War on Drugs

12:45-1:45PM: Lunch

1:45-3:00PM: Workshops – Second block
College of Arts and Sciences, 685-725 Commonwealth Avenue
See “First Block” for description of workshops.
3:00-4:30PM: Discussion on Alternatives to War
Law School Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Avenue
Two speakers will present differing proposed solutions to the current crisis, which
will prompt a discussion on alternatives to war. The questions at hand: Can a
solution be found through international law and cooperation? Could the international
institutions which currently exist bring true justice or is radical systemic change our only hope? Is systemic change imaginable and if so, what world would we be hoping to create?
Professor Daniel G. Partan, R. Gordon Butler Scholar in International Law and
Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law
Geoff Bailey, organizer for the International Socialist Organization

4:30-6:00PM: Evening Panel: Movement Building
Law School Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Avenue
By drawing on lessons from the Vietnam War and past movements and drawing connections
between the movements that existed before September 11 and afterward, speakers will
spark the conversation about what a peace and justice movement should look like.
Speakers will discuss organizing in minority communities and empowering the voices of
women and minorities within the movement. As part of the vision, the final speaker will
share ideas about how to create a vibrant and strategic movement that is in touch with
American pop-culture and effectively uses the corporate media.
Kiaran Honderich, investment analyst and former Professor of Economics and
Women’s Studies at Williams College, Mount Holyoke, and Umass Amherst.
Magalis Troncoso, long time community organizer with Vida Urbana/City Life in
Jamaica Plain, Boston
Charlotte Ryan, founder and Co-director of the Media Research Action Project at
Boston College, experienced organizer, and author of Prime Time Activism.

7:30 PM: Ralph Nader: Global Justice, Security, Human Rights and American Democracy
Orpheum Theater, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston. “Park Street” stop, Red/Green line
Also featuring Patti Smith and her band, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and others...
Doors open at 6pm; Program starts at 7:30pm.
Regular advance ticket price $12, Door price: $15. Conference Attendees pay $10.
Hosted by Democracy Rising. Buy tickets online at

Directions for Saturday:
Law School Auditorium and College of Arts and Sciences are closest to the “BU Central” Stop on the Green line (“B train”). The Law School Auditorium is across the street from the “T” stop, across Marsh Plaza (where a large statue of birds is located), under an arch and to the left. The entrance to the College of Arts and Sciences is on Commonwealth Avenue.

Note: Throughout the day, an information table will be located in the lobby of the Law School Auditorium at 765 Commonwealth Avenue.

Northeast Campus Convention Against War and Racism
Sunday, November 11th from 10AM-2PM
Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Ave.
On Sunday, 5 delegates from each university or high school attending the conference will meet to create a regional network of campuses against war and racism, and to decide upon goals that the group will pursue in coming weeks and months.

Directions for Sunday:
The Jacob Sleeper Auditorium is in the College of General Studies, across the street and to the left from the "BU West" stop on the Green line (“B” line).

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