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Unity call from antiwar movement (english)
by Youth Bloc/CAN
25 Mar 2003
Modified: 02:02:30 PM
Statement from Youth Bloc/Campus Antiwar Network (CAN)
Adopted unanimously, March 21, 2003
NY Youth Bloc/CAN Joint Statement on Unity
At a time when the U.S. government is promising that, under its hail of
bombs, "there will be no safe place in Baghdad--something like Hiroshima,"
there is an overriding need for unity in the peace movement. The Campus
Antiwar Network (New York/NJ) and Youth Bloc (an anti-war coalition of
students from 45 high schools in and around NYC) are both dedicated to
working with any and all groups who are committed to stopping this
slaughter. Both groups are dedicated to building broad and democratic
opposition to the war, and while we value opennesss and discussion of
differences in our approach to this struggle, we call on all student
activists to focus our energies now on stopping a holocaust against the
Iraqi people rather than turning on each other. We recognize that this war
is likely to escalate on a devastating scale within a matter of days, and
our attention is desperately needed in our communities and our schools to
further broaden the size and deepen the impact of the only thing now
standing in its way--our movement. The lives of millions are hanging in the
In Struggle and Solidarity,
Monique Dols, CAN & Columbia Antiwar Coalition
Mike GW, NY Youth Bloc & Hunter High School Against War
Another View (english)
(No verified email address)
25 Mar 2003
In many of our traditional Native communities, it was our
Elders who taught us the ways of our people. It was our
Grandmothers and Grandfathers who sat around the winter
fires and told the youth stories and legends of past; it
was they who instilled in the rest of us the knowledge of
who we were, and where we came from.
Our veterans were the men (and women) who defended our
villages and bands from hostile tribes, who took care of
the people and provided the safety that was never taken for
granted. A warrior was a person who not only succeeded at
war, however, but someone who others in the tribe could
look to as an example of how to live in all walks of life.
Today however, it is our veterans and elders who are most
likely, along with our children, to live in poverty. The
respect which they were once given is no longer as
prevalent, as our youth learn ways different from the past.
We no longer learn as easily the traditions and stories of
our tribal peoples, and our Elders slip away from us, one
by one, more every year, each of them taking their
knowledge to a place where it is lost to us. Our veterans,
both men and women, make the sacrifices for the rest of us
that we all too often ignore and take for granted.
Our brother Sibley Smith at the Vietnam Era Educational Center sent me
the following Smoke Signal he wished me to share with you.
Today indeed was a special day for me at work. My guest speaker in our
"Testimony Theater" was Native American teacher and storyteller Kenneth
Little Hawk (of the Micmac & Mohawk nations). The program was called
"New Jersey in the Vietnam Era: A Lecture Series Featuring Individuals
Who Lived the History." For his topic, Little Hawk went with the title
I'd suggested, "Nations Within: An American Indian's Experience."
In my introduction, I explained my personal interest, since early
childhood, with American Indian history and culture. Perhaps of interest
to you is a mention I made. It went something like this:
"Then, by the time I became a teenager, in the latter half of the '60s,
... there was a social and cultural focus in our country on the American
Indian, the Native American. ... In popular culture, a new sensitivity
towards the Native American experience was being generated through books,
plays, and movies. ... And the countercultural movement lauded the look
and lauded the known and assumed spirituality of Native Americans, these
perhaps epitomized in the trademark play of the hippies, HAIR, subtilted
'The American Tribal Love-Rock musical.' ...."
Then in his talk, in the story he told, Little Hawk asserted that
American Indians do indeed have prophesies. He said one particular
nation foretold the future with these descriptions:
In the future, there will be a giant spider web which fills the sky and
connects all people. This would be telephone, radio, telvision, and of
course "the worldwide web."
In the future, there will be a great iron beast with smoke coming from
its horn which will travel the land from water to water. Of course this
was the locomotive.
[But here's the particularly good one] In the future, people will forget
to care for their Mother Earth. They will forget to love. The land, the
air, the water, and then the people will become diseased. Distrust and
anger will grow. There will be continual war. But then there will be a
generation whose children will seek to heal Mother Earth. They will grow
their hair long as in the old way. They will wear leather in honor of
the beasts whose sacrifice gave them nourishment. They will act and
teach to heal Mother Earth. And they shall have their own name.
The nation whose was this prophecy was the Hopi. Those children,
foretold by this prophecy, we called the Hippies.
And then, regarding Claude and Vietnam, IMHO:
Little Hawk is a Korean Era Veteran and a Vietnam Era [earliest years]
Veteran (U.S. Army paratrooper). He said that when he and his wife
traveled to Nova Scotia, Canada (where they're known as First Nations),
to track down his Micmac roots, he found members of his grandmother's
clan and was welcomed with open arms. When they learned he was a
veteran, they told him he would not have to undergo study, rituals and
tests to be admitted into their warrior society. As a veteran, he was
already considered a warrior for their nation.
In my closing notes and in thanking Little Hawk for sharing his story, I
expressed thanks to all the veterans in the audience. I said that
regardless of the politics surrounding their service and regardless of
exactly what their actual "job" was in service, I wished to thank them
all for being our warriors, for serving as our ... protectors.
As if to say to me "Right on!" for this sentiment, Little Hawk's friend
and fellow Army vet "Talking Leaves" (Lenape Ramapough Nation) told me,
"You know, our word for "warrior" translates to "the wall" or "the
barrior" -- that is to say, warriors stand as the barrior between their
people and harm. They ARE the protectors.
And I thought of Claude -- HAIR's Claude Hooper Bukowski -- and why he
chose (yes, he chose) to go to Vietnam. I have always seen Claude as
seeing himself as ... "The Wall" for his "Tribe." And, since 1982, it's
easy to imagine that Claude (in spirit) is now with so many American
warriors named on THE Wall, the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
Like I said, it was a special day.
There's more to tell, but that'll be for another day.
Spiritual values and spirit forces are real. From the viewpoint
of personality, spirit is the soul of creation; matter is the
shadowy physical body. -- The Urantia Book