Anti-war Activists Call for Strike
February 9, 2007 5:06 PM
Several activists from the “World Can’t Wait—Drive out the Bush Regime” campus tour urged about 25 students and faculty members to organize a student strike and join the fight to "drive out the Bush regime".
As people walked into Rigoberta Menchu Hall Thursday afternoon, an enlarged photo of an Iraqi detainee, as he lay naked on a bloodied cement floor, stood out among other photos that depicted the abuse at Abu Ghraib.
“How many of you all have ever been asked, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’” asked Liam Madden, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and co-founder of the Appeal for Redress, a group of active servicemembers appealing to Congress to remove U.S. troops from Iraq.
All raised their hands.
Then, Madden asked, “How many have ever been asked, ‘what kind of world do you want to live in?’"
No one raised their hands.
“We need to become more of a world that shapes its society, and move away from what Dr. King called a ‘thing orientated society’ to an us orientated society,” said Madden.
People need to ask themselves what kind of world they are making for future generations, he said.
Too many people remain passive, said the activists. It’s time for this generation to rise up, hold President Bush accountable for the Iraq war, torture, and "his attack on human dignity," said Sunsara Taylor, a co-founder of World Can't Wait.
“The country is starting to wake up, Bush is doing a horrible job, the Iraq War is wrong,” said Lacy MacAuley, 28, an international relations major. “I’m proud to be at an event that encapsulates those viewpoints.”
More than half the room said they would participate in a student strike on Feb. 15, if one was organized.
The attendees were more attentive than outspoken, but some did comment when they were asked if and why they would participate in a strike to impeach Bush.
One student, who refused to disclose his name, said that throughout history the way one person has made a difference was either by striking or boycotting. He said by striking, "we will be withholding from the system like they’ve withheld from us with budget cuts, immigrants…until they listen to us."
Leigh Wolf, 20, the president of the College Republicans, made an appearance but did not speak until Taylor expressed that she was disappointed that someone from the College Republicans had not yet “heckled” her.
Wolf accused her for espousing Communist ideology and criticized her for not including the word “communist” in her speech.
The open dialogue that took place encouraged about 14 of the attendees to adjourn to another room after the event and discuss a potential student strike on Feb. 15.
If SF State students decide to participate in a strike, they will be joining students at other colleges and high schools in the nation including UC Santa Barbara, Sonoma College, and Columbia University.
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