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The Strike for Peace plan is going well, but I want to encourage everyone to spread word that this is all about connecting our 300-plus Pentagon-funded schools across the nation for a sustained information outreach campaign. By striking, I hope to help transfer the energy created by Cindy Sheehan's camp (and that of the national rallies planned for September 24-26) onto our campuses and into our communities from the first day of school, September 26, through the end of the academic year. Others need not strike -- indeed, I advise against it -- but please support this info-out campaign as powerfully as you can.

My effort is what I can do in my final year as the only graduate student in Peace Studies, but together we can influence a nation and answer the wishes of the thousands of people worldwide who are writing to ask U.S. Americans for help in changing our set of priorities from military-dominant business profit to human prosperity. My small group, IntelligentFuture, would greatly appreciate any financial and organizational assistance that can help this effort move forward with clarity and strength. We will have online by September 26, and will need travel expenses to visit other schools.

The biggest challenge is in creating a strong network of schools. I have about 100 professors around the country involved so far, and hundreds of students (and thousands of others), but will need to build on this up to the launch date. (A large public rally in Eugene is planned for EMU Amphitheater on 9/26 from noon to 1p, when I will read the petition and then take it to President Frohnmayer at Johnson Hall.) Medea Benjamin will deliver the petition to the White House at that time, and then we students will collect signatures all year long and deliver it again next June. In gathering these signatures, we will spread word of the nature of the problem and how our schools present us with a very good opportunity for networking and expanding resistance against the encroachment of the Pentagon in our schools and communities.

I am always immersed in research to gather the facts and figures surrounding the Pentagon's outsourcing program. Our military used to make its own tuna sandwiches, but 310,000 companies now supply the military, from Raytheon and Halliburton to Bumble Bee Tuna and Avon Cosmetics. Our schools and towns and lives as workers are so deeply invested that we fail to resist the profit and speak out against war. But I am determined to get these numbers out. 56 companies in Eugene alone, not counting suburbs, serve the Pentagon. I am also working with professors to connect with universities that have successfully refused DoD funding, and we plan to compile their reasons and methods to send to every administrator and senate member of the 350-odd schools that have not refused such funds.

So, we're thinking all the time. And if you have any bright ideas, I'm always open. That's part of the effort -- pooling ideas. Money, connections, and ideas. With those I think we'll be okay. Please join the campaign today. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Thanks, and best wishes for change,

Brian Bogart
CampUS Strike for Peace Campaign
For a world of promise

To Contribute:

Checks can be made out to IntelligentFuture
and sent to:
Strike for Peace
PO Box 3150
Eugene OR 97403

Build the movement:
If you would like to sign my petition, please send your name and city (title and/or school optional but recommended) as you would like them to appear (using above examples) to:
If you would like to support the strike campaign with organizational resources, write to:
If you would like to support the strike campaign with financial resources:
Write checks to IntelligentFuture and
Send to:

Strike for Peace
PO Box 3150
University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403

My school town is an EXAMPLE of war-industry ties to our communities:
Eugene, Oregon (population 130,000) has 56 companies that serve the US military.
University of Oregon receives major funding from the Pentagon.
My home town is an EXAMPLE of war-industry ties to our communities:
Palo Alto, California (population 58,000) has 55 companies that serve the US military.
Stanford University receives major funding from the Pentagon.

What about your school or town? Find out: Ask Brian and support the effort.
CampUS Strike for Peace Campaign
September 26, 2005 – June 10, 2006

Brandeis University
Brown University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Duke University
Emory University
Harvard University
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
Michigan State University
New York University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rice University
Rutgers, New Jersey State University
Stanford University
Stony Brook, New York State University
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
Tulane University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University, St. Louis
Yale University
University at Buffalo, New York State
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Florida
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Texas, Austin
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
(Smaller schools number in the hundreds. There were 338 in 2002, but the list has grown.)

#44 on the DoD Top-100 procurement list: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
#66 on the DoD Top-100 procurement list: Johns Hopkins University
#21 on the Navy Top-50 procurement list: Johns Hopkins University
#41 on the Navy Top-50 procurement list: Pennsylvania State University
#11 on the Air Force Top-50 procurement list: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

56 companies in Eugene serve the Pentagon, not counting suburbs.
300 in Portland city.
3600 in San Diego city.
There is no greater hypocrisy than that of making weapons in schools, and no better ready-made network than our schools for correcting this hypocrisy and organizing Americans for peace.
Strike for Peace!



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