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Nationwide Student Strike, September 26

September 26, 2005

President George W. Bush, The White House
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Department of Defense, The Pentagon
President Nils Hasselmo, Association of American Universities
Governor Ted Kulongoski, State of Oregon
President Dave Frohnmayer, University of Oregon

Dear Public Servants,

As University of Oregon's first graduate student in the field of Peace Studies, it is my responsibility to explore the role of the military in society and those conditions that most promote peace and human welfare. In so doing, I have come to understand the nature of America's war industry, and how that industry has flourished in the wake of the Cold War. I have come to find that more than 300 of our universities are developing weapons for the Department of Defense, and that these schools are increasingly reliant on the industry of war to sustain their education programs. Indeed, the Association of American Universities appears to be little more than a lobby for such funding.

As a person of good conscience, I have learned too much about the business of war to remain silent about its overwhelming encroachment in our schools, communities, and global life systems. In promoting this encroachment, I do not believe that you serve in the interest of
prosperity and security for the common people. By your consistent actions, in fact, it is abundantly clear that you believe America's top priority is profit from the business of war, not the general welfare of its people.

When America was born a people-first country, the concept of freedom spread rapidly throughout the world without military force. The vision of our Founders was to advance the notion of people living in peace using the freedom that nature provides upon birth. You may feel at peace with yourselves, but I believe you are acting as businessmen instead of servants. And in honoring our Founding principles, I must proclaim that to exploit the fears and prejudices of the common people to maintain the flow of profits from conflict--to perpetuate a state of war for personal gain--is treasonous to our creed.

You say this is a peace-loving nation when you know it is not; America is by far history's greatest peddler of arms, and your business is making war everyone else's business. The people, under this set of priorities, are an expendable resource, and on behalf of those who founded this country and those whose lives stand in peril today--thus, on behalf of all Americans--I reject the notion of our servants serving only themselves and war profiteers.

Therefore, I feel compelled to strike in peaceful but vociferous opposition to your priorities until our national policies reflect our priorities and serve the rights and needs of the common people.

I am a dedicated scholar and University of Oregon alumnus. But I refuse to study inside the classroom of any school that sells itself to the war industry, and I will stand outside and speak my heart as strongly as possible to highlight the obvious hypocrisy that you promote. For I fear that if I do not, America and other countries are very likely to suffer and fall as a result of your cold determination to saturate with weapons a world that stands on the verge of resource depletion.

Developing weapons at our institutions of enlightenment contradicts the inherent purpose of learning. How will we ever learn peace while making war in our schools?

I hereby submit to you this petition for peaceful priorities.

Dutifully, Brian D. Bogart
Multicultural Studies Certificate,
US-Japan Relations,
Lewis and Clark College,
Portland 1995
International Studies Certificate, Waseda University,
Tokyo 1996
B.A. Japanese History, University of Oregon 1997
M.A. Candidate, Peace Studies, University of Oregon

Sponsors of this action include:

Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor Emeritus of Linguistics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Franklin W. Stahl
Professor Emeritus of Biology
University of Oregon

Peter Phillips Ph.D.
Sociology Department/Project Censored
Sonoma State University

(names removed for space)

"The country we carry in our hearts is waiting."
-- Bruce Springsteen (Wage Peace)

Grant E. Remington
2503 NE Dunckley
Portland, Oregon 97212

U.S. Labor Against War (USLAW)
PMB 153
1718 "M" Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Co-convenors: Gene Bruskin, Maria Guillen, Fred Mason, Bob Muehlenkamp, and Nancy Wohlforth

National Organizer &
Website Coordinator: Michael Eisenscher

Administrative Staff: Adrienne Nicosia



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Well Said! Along the lines of the true nature of American power structures, many people are now (finally!) getting enlightened about the mother of all the lies, 9/11, and the trash called the 9/11 Commission Report (check out Painful Deceptions and David Ray Griffin here if you're not yet aware):

Yet few seem to know much about the what the anthrax attacks were really all about, and how they played into the plot to bring fascism to the US. For more info, check here:

I wish I had the opportunity to learn from such an educator. I hope more teachers arise, as there is a need to inform the future leaders of our country...if it lasts.

Weapons are complicated and require people of intelligence to design them. Would you prefer we send our troops over to war with rock?

Actually, let's not just think about this war... it clouds the issue. Would you prefer that our military be equipped to defend our country (forget police actions, lets just talk defense) with rocks and spears while other countries advance their military technology? Sure, nobody is willing to invade our country now! That's because our military tech is years ahead of anybody else's. Now, if our military was behind the tech curve, we'd be a more vulnerable target.


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