DiSARM! Conference on getting military out of schools!

Starting Date: 10-30-2004

Comm Arts Building
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
United States
Dear Friends,

On behalf of Michigan State University Students for Peace and Justice, I would like to invite you to attend our upcoming conference, Disarm!: Sustaining Resistance to Militarism on Campus, to be held at Michigan State University on Saturday, October 30, 2004. This conference is an exciting opportunity for college students from all over Michigan to come together and learn about the relationship between our educational institutions and the corporate-military-complex.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Frida Berrigan of the World Policy Institute at the New School for Social Research. Dr. Berrigan has published widely about the cost of war and U.S. policies abroad. In addition to our conference, Dr. Berrigan is willing to set up additional speaking engagements at other institutions in Michigan before or after the conference. Arrangements can be made for her to speak at your school by contacting Cathy Mazak at cathymazak@yahoo.com.

Conference sessions will cover topics such as:
∑ How to do research into militarism on your campus.
∑ Getting and using Freedom of Information Act documents.
∑ Where does the university’s money come from?
∑ Tactics for disassociating the university from militarism.
∑ International law and the university: accountability issues.
∑ How do faculty members voice their objections to militarism?

At the end of the conference, groups will have time and space to meet, in a caucus format, to plan the next steps for their campus, based on information learned at the conference.

We believe that, as young people, we should be able to learn and work without contributing to the military or the corporate-military-complex. We envision a world where our educational institutions do not depend on money and resources from the military or military corporations, where people do not need to join the military to pay for their education, and where our intellectual work serves the ends of peace and justice, not militarism and war.

The conference aims to educate college groups about their school’s role in militarism, and to help those groups take effective steps to organize against it. Our goal is to disarm our universities. We hope that you will join us on October 30. To register for the conference, got to our conference website, http://www.mips4.com/mil, or send the attached form to spj@msu.edu. If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this email.


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