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Nat. Student Anti-War Conference
by Todd C (chretientodd [at] aol.com)
Friday Feb 21st, 2003 10:32 AM
Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) National conference in Chicago, Feb. 22-23
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR
CAMPUS ANTIWAR NETWORK NATIONAL CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 21-23
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, LAKESHORE CAMPUS, CHICAGO IL

PARTICIPATING CAMPUSES SO FAR

Academy of Art-SF
American University
Antioch College
Brown University
California State Humboldt
Chico State
City College of New York
College of DuPage
College of Scholastica
Columbia College-Chicago
Columbia University
Cornell College-Mt. Vernon, Iowa
DePaul University
Devry Technical Institute
Earlham College
Edgewood College-WI
Emory University
Evanston Township High School
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgia State University
Grand Valley State University
Harold Washington College
Hinsdale Central High School
Indiana State-Terra Haute
Ithica College
Johnson State College-Vermont
Kansas State University
Knox College
Kokugakuin University
Lake Superior College
Lane Tech High School
Lawrence University
Lewis and Clark College
Loyola University
Marshall University
Mills College
Mount Holyoke College
Northeastern Illinois University
Northland College
Notre Dame de Namur University
Notre Dame University
NYU
Orange Coast College
Perdue University-Calumet
Portland State University
Radford Universtiy
Ramapo College
Rensellear Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Siena College
St. Xaiver-Chicago
Stanford University
SUNY-Albany
SUNY-Geneseo
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Davis
University of California-San Diego
University of California-Santa Barbara
University of California-Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana
University of Illinois-Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Louisville
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Minnisota-Deluth
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oregon-Eugene
University of Southern California
University of Texas
University of Vermont-Burlington
University of Washington-Seattle
University of West Virginia
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconson-Superior
Vassar College
Washington State University
Wayne State University
West High School-Madison
Wheaten College
Yale University

As global opposition grows to a war on Iraq, the Bush Administration seems
to be more determined than ever to carry out another desert slaughter.
Today, people around the world are looking for our generation to do its duty
and stand up against this war. Tens of billions that will be spent on
bombing and occupying Iraq means cuts in education here at home. An
estimated 400,000 students will not be able to attend college next year
because of the attacks on education spending. Tens of thousands of us have
marched, organized speak-outs and vigils, attended teach-ins and made our
voices heard. But as the war gets closer, it’s time for us to get seriously
organized on a national scale to make sure we have the greatest, most united
impact possible. The people of Iraq are counting on us.

In order to help achieve these goals, CAN is organizing a national
conference in Chicago on February 22-23 of campus-based, student anti-war
committees. We believe that the best way to build an independent student
voice within the anti-war movement as a whole is for the hundreds of schools
with anti-war groups to get together, face to face, and democratically
decide how we can all work together to stop this war.

All student anti-war activists are encouraged to attend the conference, but
each school will be limited to two voting delegates to take part in decision
making at the conference so that schools are not geographically under or
over represented. All national anti-war groups are invited to send
non-voting observers in order to build unity and coordination, but decisions
will be up to student delegates.

*For those arriving in Chicago by Friday afternoon, check out
http://chicago.indymedia.org/ center column for information regarding
student antiwar demonstration.*


PROPOSED AGENDA (For directions, conference procedure and information scroll
down)

FRIDAY, February 21--Monday's Restaurant on Lake St. between LaSalle and
Clark St. in the Loop

8pm-Midnight
WELCOMING PARTY


SATURDAY, February 22--Galvin Auditorium in the Science Library

9am-10am
REGISTRATION and Distribution of conference materials, breakfast,
information fair with over 20 antiwar organizations (Information Fair will
continue throughout conference)

10am-11:15am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
--Norman Solomon, author, columnist and media critic with Fairness and
Accuracy in Reporting
--Tomomi Nakamura, a student of Kokugakuin University in Tokyo
--Sunny Miller and Charles Jenks, Traprock Peace Center
--Jessica Maiorca, Campus Antiwar Network (chair)

11:15-11:30am
WELCOME FROM CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS
Explanation of procedure, approval of agenda.

11:30-12:30pm
PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF PROPOSALS
Proposals, points of unity and structure issues (non-voting session).
12:30-1:30
LUNCH BREAK
With informal regional networking (lunch will be provided on site).

1:30-3:00
BREAKOUT SESSIONS ( Move to Sky Building)
These breakout sessions are designed to brainstorm and discuss proposals for
future CAN actions and organization. Please assign a notetaker to bring
proposals from breakout sessions to the next big group discussion session.

€ Building coalitions and stronger antiwar committees on campus, Rm. 601
€ Building relationships between CAN and other organizations, Rm. 602
€ March 5th Day of Action, Rm. 607
€ High School CAN, Rm. 606
€ CAN website, newsletter, listserv and media work, Rm. 604
€ Building antiwar movement at smaller schools, Rm. 611
€ Day X actions, Rm. 609
€ Future CAN regional or national protests or conferences, Rm. 612
€ Fundraising and financing the antiwar movement, Rm. 613

3:00-4:30
PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF PROPOSALS (Back to Galvin Auditorium in the
Science Library)
Action and organizational proposals from breakout sessions (non-voting
session).

4:30-5:00
REST BREAK
Rest, stretch, relax, eat. Or check out information fair.

5:00-6:30
EDUCATIONAL/STRATEGY WORKSHOPS (Move to Sky Building)

€ The impact of Bush's war on the Middle East, with Rashid Khalidi, room 505
€ Fighting the crackdown on civil liberties, with Kevin Vodak, room 601
€ Iraq from the last Gulf War to the present, with Bitta Mostofi and Ahmed
Shawki, Room 609
€ Israel and Palestine, with Snehal Shingavi, Room 608
€ Lessons from past anti-war movements, with Bill Ayers, Room 604
€ After Iraq: What’s Next in the War on Terror? With Ike Kim, Megan Walsh,
and Jennifer Asidao, Room 613
€ Media Activism, with Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Room 611
€ Introduction to non-violent civil disobedience, with Sunny Miller, Room
606
€ Lobbying for the Antiwar Movement, with Carl LeVan, Room 612
€ SmartMeme, with Patrick Reinsborough, Galvin Auditorium
€ Berkeley in the ‘60s, Video Showing, Room 602


6:30-7:30
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
€ Dinner workshop: Declare Your Independence From Corporate Rule, with
students from Chico State and Portland State Universities
€ Also look for other announcements

7:30-8:30 (optional)
BREAKOUT SESSION (Location TBA)
For chairs and proposal makers to help organize Sunday’s voting session.

8:00-midnight
PARTY
Entertainment on two stages. At the Heartland Café: Bojah and the
Insurrection (soul, hip-hop and spoken word) and more. At the Red Line:
singer Stephan Smith, poetry, folk and protest music.
All ages welcome and 10% off food for conference participants at the
Heartland Café.


SUNDAY, February 23--Galvin Auditorium in the Science Library

10am-10:30am
PRESENTATION
From previous night’s proposal organizing breakout session.

10:30-12:00noon
DISCUSSION AND VOTES
On points of unity and structure. See proposal packet for list of proposals
submitted before the start of the conference.

12-12:30pm
LUNCH BREAK
Lunch provided.

12:30-2:00pm
DISCUSSION AND VOTES
On action proposals. See proposal packet for list of proposals submitted
before the start of the conference.

2:00-3:00pm
BREAKOUTS
For working groups on passed proposals.

3:30pm
ANTIWAR DEMONSTRATION after conference
Students of CAN, join fellow antiwar protestors immediately following
theconference. This event will take the form of a mass funeral procession
tomourn and honor the lives of those who will die as a result of a war on
Iraq. We will remember both the direct casualties Iraqi civilians and
U.S.,Iraqi, and other soldiers and those who would be saved if our
government were not preoccupied with war, such as children without education
and healthcare, the homeless, immigrants, and unemployed and low-wage
workers. The
demonstration will begin at Holy Name Cathedral at 735 N. State and will
proceed up Michigan Ave. To get there from the conference, train is
recommended: simply take the Red Line south toward 95/Dan Ryan, get off at
the Chicago stop, and walk one block south on State. Sponsored by the
American Friends Service Committee.


HOW THE CAN NATIONAL CONFERENCE WORKS

SCHOOL ANTI-WAR OR PEACE COMMITTEES: Two delegates will be recognized from
every college or high school campus anti-war or peace group. Only one
antiwar or peace group per campus please (where more than one exists, please
meet to elect two delegates to represent the antiwar movement from your
school.) These delegates will have to register at the conference in order to
get their voting cards. Each school can bring as many students as they like
and non-delegate students will have the chance to caucus with their
delegates for decision making purposes before votes are taken. Delegates and
non-delegate students will have full rights to participate (speaking, making
proposals, working on CAN committees, chairing or facilitating, etc.) in all
aspects of the conference, although delegates may be given priority to speak
on certain items if time is running short.

GUESTS: CAN wants to build the greatest possible unity amongst anti-war
forces across the country. Therefore, we are extending an open invitation to
all anti-war groups (student or otherwise) to attend and
participate in the National Conference open sessions on Saturday, February
22. There will be space for information tabling for a fee on both Saturday
and Sunday. We welcome input about how to coordinate anti-war work within
the student movement as well as between the student movement and other
sectors (labor, religious groups, civil rights organizations, etc.) CAN's
Sunday, February 23 decision making sessions will be limited to student
delegates and non-delegate students from participating campus antiwar or
peace committees. If you or your organization would like to attend the CAN
National Conference, please email the Planning Committee at
csawn [at] hotmail.com.

VOTING PROCEDURE: The National Conference Planning Committee voted to adopt
a simple majority voting procedure for all conference questions. That is,
all questions will be decided by a simple majority vote of the delegates.
(For reference, there is a good basic Robert's Rules up on the
http://www.antiwarconference.org website that was used for the January 17, San
Francisco State University CAN conference.)

FACILITATING AND CHAIRING: The conference will operate on a simplified
Roberts Rules of Order process, which will be distributed to all
participants in advance of the conference, as well as included in the
conference packet itself. Different chairs will be chosen for different
sessions based on geographic representation. Antiwar committees are asked to
send a list of possible chairs to csawn [at] hotmail.com. Chairing/facilitating a
national conference can be challenging, so all attendees are asked to
respect the
chairs/facilitators and remember that they are only students trying to do
their best, just like the rest of us.

PROPOSALS ON STRUCTURE OR PROCESS: Proposals regarding CAN structure and
process must be submitted in writing to the Conference Planning Committee at
csawn [at] hotmail.com no later than 6pm on Friday, February 21 in order to be
considered on the floor of the conference.

PROPOSALS ON POINTS OF UNITY: Proposals regarding CAN's points of unity
should be submitted in writing to the Conference Planning Committee at
csawn [at] hotmail.com no later than Friday, February 21 at 6pm in order to be
considered on the floor of the conference.

PROPOSALS ON ACTIONS and other things, such as committees, web sites, etc:
These proposals should be submitted in writing to the Conference Planning
Committee at csawn [at] hotmail.com no later than Friday, February 21 at 6pm in
order to be considered on the floor of the conference.

Proposals NOT submitted in writing on time can still be brought to the
conference. However, experience at the regional conference shows that there
will be dozens of proposals on lots of different questions. The
point of submitting them early, in writing, is so that they can be
organized, grouped and presented in a coherent way to the conference in
order to maximize our time. Proposals not submitted on time in writing will
NOT be given priority over proposals submitted on time in writing. Of
course, we will all have to be a little flexible on this point, but all
schools should STRIVE to think about what they want to propose BEFORE they
arrive and send those proposals to the Conference Planning Committee.

All these proposals will then be discussed on Saturday in non-voting,
discussion sessions. Based on the written proposals and the Saturday
discussions, a working group will prepare a presentation of emerging
proposals to be considered on structure, points of unity, actions and other
proposals on Sunday. Thus, the final proposals to be discussed on Sunday
will be a combination of the written proposals that arrive in advance of the
conference and the full day of discussion about those proposals on Saturday.


CONFERENCE LOGISTICS

REGISTRATION: As soon as your school decides to attend the conference,
please forward the names of the delegates and all other attendees from your
school to the following: csawn [at] hotmail.com. For questions regarding the
conference, phone contact can be made at 773-227-7873.

REGISTRATION FEES: Every conference participant will be asked to pay a
small, sliding scale registration fee to cover conference expenses like
photo-copying, food, etc. The scale will be $5-$20. No student will be
turned away for lack of funds as we understand that travel expenses for some
participants are great.

LOCATION:
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNING: The CAN conference will be held at Loyola
University’s Lakeshore Campus in the Roger’s Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Registration and check-in will be at Galvin Auditorium in the Science
Library at Loyola. (See directions below.)
FRIDAY NIGHT: A welcoming party for those arriving Friday night will be held
in the Chicago Loop at Monday’s Bar and Restaurant, from 8:00pm til
midnight. Free bar food will be available. Monday’s is located on Lake
Street between LaSalle and Clark Streets. This is steps from the Clark/Lake
Street el stop on the Orange Line train (from Midway Airport) or Blue Line
train (from Ohare Airport). Metered street parking and pay parking lots are
plentiful in the Loop on Friday nights.

DIRECTIONS TO LOYOLA:
FOR DRIVERS: Detailed campus maps and driving directions are available at
http://www.luc.edu/info/maps/. MAKE SURE TO USE MAPS LABLED LAKESHORE CAMPUS
ONLY (Loyola has several Chicago area locations.) The Loyola U. Parking
garage is located at Kenmore and Sheridan roads (see maps) on the main
campus and costs $5 per day. Street parking is almost impossible in the
area, so this is the best bet.
FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Red Line train ‘Loyola’ stop is only steps
from our meeting room and signs directing people from the train stop to
Galvin Auditorium will be posted. For people coming from Ohare airport, ride
the Blue Line train from Ohare to the Washington stop in the Loop. Transfer
at Washington to the Red Line train, heading north towards the Howard Stop.
Get off at the Loyola Stop. For those coming from Midway Airport, take the
Orange Line train towards the Loop to the Roosevelt stop. Transit at
Roosevelt to the Red Line train, heading North towards the Howard Stop. Get
off at the Loyola Stop. For more information on Chicago public
transportation go to http://www.transitchicago.com/. Train fare is $1.50 one
way and .30 for transfers. Fare cards are on sale at all train stops.
Chicago Transit personnel are very helpful and are in all train stops—if
you’re lost, just ask. That friendly Midwestern hospitality will get you
where you’re going.

HOUSING: Students in Chicago will try to arrange free housing for all
conference attendees who need it. Given the big number of participating
campuses, we request that if you can make arrangements on your own, that
would be a big help. Those who need housing arranged should email
csawn [at] hotmail.com and rockgod9309 [at] hotmail.com with the names and any special
considerations (allergies, late arrivals, handicapped accessible, etc.) of
all those who need a place to stay for either Friday and/or Saturday nights.
Space is growing very limited so please request housing if you need to, but
if you’re able to arrange it on your own, Chicago has some very nice and
cheap youth hostels. Try calling the Chicago International Hostel at
773-262-1011 (near Loyola) or the really beautiful Loop location at
312-692-1560.

FOOD: Students in Chicago are arranging food donations in order to provide
light breakfasts and lunches for both Saturday and Sunday of the conference.
Dinner on Saturday will not be provided but many cheap restaurants are
within walking distance of the conference location. Maps will be provided.
Vegetarian meals will be available but vegans or others with dietary
restrictions should email csawn [at] hotmail.com so we know how many to
accommodate.

INFORMATION FAIR: Supporting organizations can register to have table space
during the conference in our organization fair. A $30 donation and
pre-registration by emailing csawn [at] hotmail.com will be required.
Participating organizations will be asked to respect the conference
organizers and all other organizations in the fair by promoting unity within
the antiwar movement.


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