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News :: Politics
UMass Trustees to give Andrew Card Honorary degree? Protest!!
22 May 2007
Modified: 12:51:30 PM
A protest had been called for Wednesday, 5/23, 12:30 on the State House steps in Boston
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The University of Massachusetts has decided to award Andrew Card, Bush's former Chief of Staff, an honorary degree at the upcoming graduation ceremony on Friday May 25th. In addition to serving as Chief of Staff, Card is known to have headed the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), whose members included Karl Rove, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and Condoleezza Rice, among others. This group is known for fabricating evidence in order to sell the invasion and war in Iraq.

UMass students, faculty, and staff as well as community members are organizing to register opposition to this decision. . For more info: umassantycard (at)


Sign a petition to call on the UMass administration to revoke the honorary degree for Andrew Card!

For students, staff, faculty, and members of the UMass community:

For everyone else (not affiliated with UMass):

If you can do more than sign a petition, please contact these people:

UMass President Jack Wilson: 617 287-7000, jwilson (at) umassp.eduThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
UMass Chancellor John Lombardi (413) 545-2211, lombardi (at) umass.eduThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Chair Tocco of the Board of Trustees: 617 287-7005

The Message:

Andrew Card is responsible for the lies and distortions that led to the Iraq war and occupation. He is therefore not eligible for an honorary degree which can be awarded only to "persons of great accomplishment and high ethical standards who exemplify the ideals of the University of Massachusetts".


Rallies Against Card

We've had two rallies within the last ten days, each time attracting more than 300 attendees.

Pictures of the May 15th rally:

May 8th rally: Click here to see pictures and video clips of the rally. And here to see some more... And here to see even more!


UMass, Amherst Campus groups that have passed resolutions in favor of revoking Andrew Card's degree:
Student, Staff and Faculty governments and Unions
The Graduate Student Government
The Student Government Association
The Graduate Employee Organization
The Delegate Council of the Professional Staff Union (PSU/MTA)
The Massachusetts Society of Professors

Departamental Graduate Student Organizations
The Sociology Graduate Student Association (SGSA)
The Political Science Graduate Student Association (PSGSA)
The Labor Center Students Caucus

Social Thought and Political Economy
Women's Studies

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Groups
The UMass Anti-War Coalition
The Campus Anti-War Outreach Caucus
The Palestine Action Coalition
The Radical Student Union
UMass Amherst Students for Peace
Latin American Graduate Student Organization
See also:

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More on Card outrage
22 May 2007
Friday, May 25th, 12:00 p.m.
Mullins Center, UMass, Amherst

The ceremony begins at 2:00, but 12:30 - 2:30 is the key
time, because that's when people will be entering the
Mullins Center. There will be a press conference at 1:00
p.m. We encourage your most creative, nonviolent
responses. Signs, banners, songs, drums, puppets, and
street theater are all very welcome. The RAGING GRANNIES
will sing. People in orange jumpsuits will perform street
theater. Please stay as long as you can: commencement will
last several hours.


Note that students, faculty, and members of the
commencement audience will be taking action inside the
center. We are committed to preserving the ceremony for
the graduate students and disrupting only the portion that
focuses on Card.



The Mullins Center is at 200 Commonwealth Ave near the
athletic fields on the UMass campus. If you drive, be
aware that event parking rules will be in effect. Parking
officials will direct you to a lot. The earlier you
arrive, the closer you will be.

Numerous buses provide convenient service to UMass. See For example, the 43 bus provides
connects Northampton to UMass, leaving Smith at 11:00,
11:20, 11:40, etc. and arriving at UMass at 11:30, 11:50,
12:10, etc.

To get to Mullins Center from Northampton, we recommend
you get off the bus at the first stop after the bus enters
the campus and makes a right on Massachusetts Ave. You
will then backtrack along Massachusetts Ave. and take your
first right onto Commonwealth Ave. The Mullins Center will
be straight ahead.

Whitmore Administration Building is on the Haggis Mall,
which is the next stop on Massachusetts Avenue for buses
from Northampton.



It is now an undisputed fact that the Bush Administration
knowingly and deliberately used lies and distortions to
persuade the American public that the invasion and
occupation of Iraq was necessary. The two major arguments
that were advanced to justify the war were: (a) that Iraq
possessed weapons of mass destruction; and (b) that there
was a link between the attacks of 9/11 and Iraq. It has
now been confirmed by many sources (including George
Tenet, Former Director of the CIA) that these were not
just "failures of intelligence," but deliberate
falsifications aimed at confusing and scaring American
citizens to support an illegal war. An internal memo
detailing the minutes of a meeting of Tony Blair's top
ministers reported that "the intelligence and facts were
being fixed around the policy" by the Bush administration.
The resulting illegal war has led to the deaths and
injuries of thousands of American soldiers , as well as
the deaths of hundreds of thousand of Iraqis. In addition
the international reputation of the United States is in
tatters, and the world has never been more dangerous. On
every single count, the lies and deceptions of the Bush
administration regarding the war in Iraq have been
globally disastrous.

As President Bush's Chief of Staff Andrew Card was a
founding member of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) that
cherry-picked the evidence and coordinated the propaganda
campaign designed to deceive public opinion. This has been
confirmed by a wide range of experts -- including
published work in peer-reviewed journals -- as well as
government insiders. Awarding an honorary degree to Andrew
Card therefore brings great disrepute to the University
and makes a mockery of any of its attempts to join the
ranks of the top tier research schools in the country. To
honor a person who is guilty of such blatant intellectual
dishonesty destroys any idea that the University is a
serious academic institution committed to basic values of
truth and honesty. It tarsnishes anyone connected with the

Also, call the trustees. Many other people are working on trying to get them to budge, with no results. The most important is probably the president, Chair Tocco of the Board of Trustees: 617 287-7005
Still more on Card outrage
22 May 2007
Members of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees
STEPHEN P. TOCCO, (Chair), Reading, MA, Exp. 2011
Tocco, Stephen
11 Gregory Ln, Apt A4
Reading, MA 01867-1079
(781) 944-5508

ROBERT J. MANNING, (Vice Chair), Swampscott, MA, Exp. 2011
R & D Manning
99 Gale Rd
Swampscott, MA 01907-2835
(781) 592-7672
Maybe a business

ROBERT K. SHERIDAN, (Vice Chair), Hingham, MA, Exp. 2007
Sheridan, Robert K
16 Camelot Dr
Hingham, MA 02043-4866
(781) 749-6587

JOHN A. ARMSTRONG, Ph.D., Amherst, MA, Exp. 2009
John A & Elizabeth Armstrong
55 Amity Pl
Amherst, MA 01002-2255
(413) 549-9171

LAWRENCE F. BOYLE, Milton, MA, Exp. 2011
Boyle, Lawrence
86 Meredith Cir
Milton, MA 02186-3916
(617) 696-2821

CHRISTINE K. CASSEL, M.D., Philadelphia, PA, Exp. 2008
Cassel, Christine
200 W Washington Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3513
(215) 592-0188

JOHN A. DIBIAGGIO, Ph.D., Snowmass Village, CO, Exp. 2008

Dibiaggio, John
PO Box 5346
Snowmass Village, CO 81615-5346
(970) 923-1251

TAMARA ENDICH, (UMass Dartmouth, Student Trustee) Truro, MA, Exp. 2007 (VOTING STUDENT)
RUBEN J. KING-SHAW, JR., Carlisle, MA, Exp. 2010
Ruben Jr King-Shaw
135 Nathan Ln
Carlisle, MA 01741
(978) 371-6111

ALEKSANDAR KULENOVIC , (UMass Boston Student Trustee) Cambridge, MA, Exp. 2007 (NON-VOTING STUDENT)
RICHARD J. LAWTON, North Easton, MA, Exp. 2011
Richard & Michelle Lawton
10 Alderwood Dr
North Easton, MA 02356-2252
(508) 238-9596

MARISHA LEIBLUM, (UMass Amherst Student Trustee) Pelham, MA, Exp. 2007 (NON-VOTING STUDENT)
KENNETH MACAFEE, Needham, MA, Exp. 2011
did not find

ROBERT B. MCCARTHY, Watertown, MA, Exp. 2007
McCarthy, Robt
71 Bromfield St
Watertown, MA 02472-2143
(617) 923-1899

KARL E. WHITE, Boston, MA, Exp. 2007
Karl E White
69 Revere St
Boston, MA 02114-4438
(617) 557-9128