Mason Community Invited to Join Speak-Out, Teach-In on War with Iraq

Posted: February 26, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sharon Taylor

The George Mason community is invited to attend a speak-out and teach-in on the war with Iraq tomorrow. The speak-out, sponsored by Mason Students for Peace and Justice, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on the Johnson Center North Plaza. The teach-in, coordinated by more than 75 faculty members who have expressed concern about U.S. plans for war in Iraq, will take place 2 to 4 p.m. in the SUB I lobby.

The event supports students in educating themselves about the war, lets them hear other perspectives, and provides an outlet for discussion and for airing concerns. The faculty members organized the events with students after having first publicly expressed concern about the war in a full-page ad in the Feb. 13 issue of Broadside saying, “a war at this time is both immoral and imprudent.”

Speakers at the teach-in include Rich Rubenstein, professor in the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), who will examine the global implications of President Bush’s preemptive doctrine and alternatives, and Julie Ryan-Silva, an ICAR graduate student, who will discuss and offer a visual presentation of her recent visit to Iraq. Also scheduled is a representative from the National Gulf War Resources Center and Andy Shallal from Iraqi-Americans for Peaceful Alternatives.

Mason Students for Peace and Justice is a newly formed student organization at George Mason University that is “dedicated to building community around issues of peace and justice and opposing the war in Iraq.”

For more information, contact Victoria Rader at (703) 993-1423 or Rubenstein at (703) 993-1307.

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