UWs $1.3 million "day of reflection"


April 22, 2003

Contact: Marsha Richards, Communications Director
(360) 956-3482

The University of Washington will temporarily stop classes tomorrow for a "time of reflection" on the war in Iraq. Professors and students are asked to pause in their regular learning activities and "join in hoping that the war will be brief and that the death and suffering it inflicts can be held to a minimum." Scheduled activities include classroom coping sessions, vigils, and a long list of seminars, symposiums and speeches on topics like:

What role should unions play in the broader issues of war and peace? -- A discussion for union members on how and whether unions should take a stand on issues of war and peace.

Some feminist approaches to peacemaking -- A panel and discussion bringing together feminist peace activists to discuss the vital roles of women in anti-war activism.

Childrens art in wartime -- Presentation of a book titled "Children's Art in Wartime from the Spanish Civil War to Kosovo."

Women, war, and militarism -- A panel and discussion on the ways in which war and militarism affect women's lives.

Imperialism and racism -- A panel on three interrelated issues: an overview of U.S.imperialism and the centrality of racism therein; the racialization of Iraq/Iraqis in the American consciousness; and the development of antiracist arguments against U.S. intervention of Iraq.

Draw out your experience -- An informal workshop that allows participants to draw, pant and create images that express their feelings, questions and insights about the war.

The cost of operations for one day at the university is about $1.3 million, much of which is funded by taxpayers.

Your tax dollars are at work . . . but are they working for you?

Want to voice your opinion on this issue? You can reach UWs interim president Lee Huntsman at (206) 543-5010 or pres@u.washington.edu.

Evergreen Freedom Foundation
A Non-Profit Public Policy Research Organization
PO Box 552, Olympia, WA 98507
(360) 956-3482, www.effwa.org


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