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BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
22 Mar 2006
Chestnut Hill, MA—More than thirty Boston College students staged a die-in against the Iraq War on the campus green on March 20, 2006. March 19, 2006 was the third year anniversary of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq—a war that has cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $250 billion and claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians and 2,300 U.S. soldiers.
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Students involved in the demonstration elected to conduct a die-in in an effort to bring the reality of the war home and to remind students and University officials that their hands are not clean. The demonstration sought to remind students that BC is complicit in the killing of thousands in that it has an active Army ROTC program, the US Marines actively recruit students on campus, and Raytheon, the 5th largest weapons manufacturer in the world, and other arms manufacturers are allowed to recruit BC students. “We feel it is of vital importance to hold this demonstration on our campus in an effort to remind our peers and community that this destructive war has been waged for three years,” said Chrissy Lacy, BC 2009. Many students who had not originally planned to demonstrate against the war were moved to join as they walked past.

During the die-in, some students held signs that illustrated the number of social programs and positive initiatives that could have been funded with the amount of money that has been spent thus far in Iraq while others distributed black anti-war arm bands and literature containing similar information plus letters that have been sent home from American soldiers in opposition to the occupation of Iraq. An anonymous group of students chalked body outlines with inscriptions like “mother,” “father,” and “child” on the ground to represent some of those who have wrongly lost their lives and to attempt make the inhumanly daunting number of deaths more personal.

Many of the students participating in the demonstration were motivated by their faith and the Jesuit, Catholic values that BC claims to espouse. Rather than be complicit in the military industrial complex and the recruiting of soldiers, many students see it as the responsibility of a Jesuit, Catholic University that claims to work for Justice and to teach its students to be “Men and Women for Others” to denounce the violence and destruction of war. “To me, Jesus’ message on violence and war is clear, and as followers of Christ we are called to actively oppose war and work for peace and justice,” said Nick Salter, BC 2007.

The group has pledged to keep staging such actions in the coming months.
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See also:
http://www.bc.edu/gjp
http://www.operationover.freeyouth.net

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Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
22 Mar 2006
Thanks for keeping this in our minds in the BC bubble. Thanks for honoring the memory of the fallen by not forgetting them and resisting that which killed them.
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
22 Mar 2006
hell yeah, BC! this is awesome. keep it up!
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
22 Mar 2006
Word to BC! Word to Operation Over!
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
22 Mar 2006
hey and it only took you three years to get this little wing-ding together, you wacky Catholics, you
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
23 Mar 2006
nice work people, this is what needs to be seen on every campus, in every town square, every day of the year. when all these casualties of someone else's war are as inescapable for americans as they are for iraqis, i'll have hope that the decisionmakers in this tragedy might just be held accountable.
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
23 Mar 2006
this is awesome. i am particularly pleased to see that ratheyon was mentioned, because most people arent talking about the war profiteers
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
23 Mar 2006
I'm really glad you guys put this together. Keep it up!
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
24 Mar 2006
How ridiculous. Don't these children have classes to go to?
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
24 Mar 2006
"How ridiculous. Don't these children have classes to go to? "

Yeah, probably some of them do. But since many of the "children" in the US military won't be coming home to go to the classes that the military promised them during recruitment, I think that it's sort of the least that could be done.
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
24 Mar 2006
How great, what does it mean.
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
24 Mar 2006
Go BC. As a BC grad during the Vietnam War years, that was a time of very active protest. My Junior year, there were so many protests and student strikes that we hardly attended class at all the second semester. There were black studies protests, War protests, tuition hike protests and on. These were serious. The school didnt know how to grade us with so few class days attended and so they settled on a pass-fail system for that semester. It was an exciting time to be a college student. We learned and had goals, but we were proactive about much.
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
25 Mar 2006
Molly Curran?
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
25 Mar 2006
the die-in these self-appointed narcissistic saints should worry about is the death of relligious liberty the islamic fascists advocate in iraq. if victorious, these fanatics have said that it is a first round in war to the death with the West. The war that began in 632 between Islam and the West never ended. Islam is not a religion of peace. It glorifies war; and at best beats non-believers in second-class citizenship wherever islam has triumphed.

the pacifist tendency in the West must meet only contempt and sardonic smirks from a determined, fanatic and focused enemy.
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
27 Mar 2006
Feller: none of us believe we are saints in any way. we hope only to encourage necessary dialogue among our own generation regarding the war in the hope that we may change minds, who may in turn change minds, and so on, so that eventually there will be no support for wars like this. it is because people like you who see further aggression as the only way to proceed that american officials continue to kill american kids and iraqi civillians every day by continuing the war. some say there are religious fascists who plan to attack the "West" first thing...but there is a religious fascist in america's top office now who declared war on islam, believing god (the same god of judaism and islam) to be on "his" side. both sides claim to be religions "of peace" but an empowered few are able to persude their followers that violence is the correct step. As we all now know, this war was started due to fabricated, bullshit reasons used to mislead the public after the surge of nationalism and "patriotism" after 9-11. you were lied to...i understand that you want to continue believing in that lie...it is upsetting to be told something, then fully believe in it, and then have the cornerstone of your reasoning be pulled away...i know it is traumatic, but it is time to look for a different answer. we, americans, have created civil war in iraq, killed countless thousands of civillians, and forced our "volunteer" military to sacrifice their lives for who knows what. anyone who does not stand up against the war this system has brought upon us all is just as much of a proponent of the war as the president. fuck the war. pull the troops out now. further aggression is not the answer
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
27 Mar 2006
Come on. We're just kicking the crap out Iraqis. What's the big deal? They would do it to us if the could. And Iran? Gimme a break. The Persians had an empire once. They kicked the crap out of countries for a while and stole their stuff. Quit acting so shocked. Crack a history book. Human history is full of wars and empires. If you don't want to live in an empire, move to Mexico.
Religiious Fascist in Whouse?
29 Mar 2006
Hey Jose,

Bush is a "religious fascist"? When did he cut your mama's head off for going to Mass. I really don't care if you disagree with me or Bush. Heck, I think Bush is too soft on public spending and on the Muslims. But I don't call him a Commie. Lay off the Fascist stuff unless people do Fascist stuff: like torture and kill people that belong to a religion you disagree with. Oh yeah. That would be the scum we are fighting in Iraq.

Al Queda will have lots of fun if they ran Boston and Cambridge: Think of all the Jews, atheists, homosexuals and liberal professors that they would cut in pieces! And goshy goo, they wouldn't let any little ol' students have a "die-in".. The students would just really die!.

Now That's Fascism. choose your words carefully. Otherwise you insult the real victims of fascism. Just be grateful you live in a wonderful nation like the US where you can mouth off on a blog like this.
Re: BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
30 Mar 2006
'goshy goo'?
pffff..hahahahaaaaa
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