Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Ithaca event Tuesday night

Our first non-bookstore, non-huge-rock-concert event outside of New York City!
Last night, Anthony spoke on a panel with Michael Blake (Iraq Veterans Against the War) and Suzy Konecky
(Campus Antiwar Network) about the case for immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq. The event drew about 55 people and was a great mix of students and seasoned activists and concerned community members. The event had a good mix of local sponsors including the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Church, which hosted the event, Cornell for Peace and Justice, a number of bookstores, the Ithaca branch of the International Socialist Organization, Global Call to Action Ithaca chapter, and Concious Alternatives to Militarism among others.

The Q&A was very lively, with lots of comments and discussions about yes, withdrawal now, but how? And how best to reach working-class youth not only with an anti-military recruitment message, but also with alternatives, i.e., a well-paying job, possibilities for some kind of service not tied to the military, etc., what would be the impact of the recent upswell in struggle around immigrant rights, how can the antiwar movement revive itself?

and so the tour madness begins. more soon...

2 Comments:

Blogger Pete said...

Sounds like a great event!

Its good to see an antiwar movement that spreads to all parts of the country - can't wait until the tour comes to my part of the country :)

7:05 AM  
Blogger Ina Howard said...

Hi Pete!

Where are you? Maybe you'd like to work with us to bring the tour to your town? We're open to suggestions and would love to reach the not-usual suspects...

12:27 PM  

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