FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORDHAM STUDENTS PLAN ANTI-WAR RALLY AS PART OF NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
We, the Anti-War Coalition of Fordham University, will rally against the Iraq War on February 15, 2007 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. on the Rose Hill campus, to show that the young people of this country are not prepared to sit idly by as our brothers, sisters, classmates, mothers and fathers are sent to continue fighting an illegal, unjust, and unethical war of aggression against the people of Iraq.
The March 2003 invasion of Iraq constitutes a high crime and misdemeanor and is a “crime against peace,” having been enacted without the approval of the U.S. Congress or the U.N. Security Council. Today, more than 655,000 Iraqi people and 3,300 U.S. soldiers have died as a result of the U.S.-led invasion. The Iraq war has cost the American people 500 billion dollars: money that could have been used to fight poverty, fund education, and provide health care for all.
We are demanding that Congress represent the majority of the American people, who spoke by their ballot against this war last November. We demand that they take more than a nominal stand against President Bush’s undemocratic decision to escalate the war by sending at least 21,500 more troops to Iraq; Congress must force the president to initiate the withdrawal of troops, either “by imposing geographic restrictions or a ceiling on the number of troops” available, or by “enacting appropriations restrictions” that cut funding for the war.
On February 15, we will stand in solidarity with students at Columbia College Chicago, Columbia University, Eastern New Mexico University, Georgia State University, Lewis and Clark College, Mills College, Occidental College, Rutgers University, San Francisco State University, Sarah Lawrence College, Sonoma State University, UNC- Greensboro, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, and Vanderbilt University by formally rallying in opposition to the unjust war in Iraq. As we witness the rebirth of the college anti-war movement, we call for our brothers and sisters across the nation to join us in actively opposing the war crimes being committed, in our name, by those in the Oval Office.