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UW-Eau Claire to Hold Iraq War Teach-in
March 13-16

RELEASED: March 4, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — A community teach-in titled "Iraq After Two Years of War" will be held from Sunday, March 13, to Wednesday, March 16, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Davies Center. Sunday's events will begin with a kick-off march starting in Owen Park at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 13 — All Sunday events will be held in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center unless otherwise noted.

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Kick-off Rally
    Meet at Owen Park; march across footbridge to Davies Center.
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m. — Welcome
    Overview of teach-in schedule with students, faculty and veteran community members.
  • 12:45-1 p.m. — Video Presentation by Operation Truth, a non-profit, non-partisan veterans' organization that seeks to amplify the soldiers' voice in the American public dialogue. As of Jan. 2005, Operation Truth represents well over 300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and has over 26,000 supporters.
  • 1-2 p.m. — Town Hall Meeting: Effects of War on U.S. Personnel
    Steve Wagener and Bethany Jacobson, of Military Families Speak Out; Army mom Georgia Stillwell; and others will speak out about military veterans and families, treatment of Reserve and National Guard, non-fatal casualties, treatment of returning vets and rights of dissenting personnel.
  • 2:15-3:30 p.m. — Panel: Effects of War on Iraqi Civilians
    Ben Kohler, of the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis; Todd Dennis, a six-year Navy veteran from Eau Claire; and others will speak out about Iraqi casualties and deaths, torture, psychological impacts, impacts on civilian infrastructure, depleted uranium munitions and effects of war on the Iraqi environment.
  • 3:45-5 p.m. — Panel: We Are Not Alone
    Peace groups from around Wisconsin discuss organizing strategies in the state and country. Speakers include Cathy Sultan of the National Peace Foundation of Eau Claire, Marion Lang of Red Cedar Peace Initiative in Menomonie, and Jonathan Dedering of Save Wisconsin in Reedsburg.
  • 7-9 p.m. — Keynote Address by John Stauber
    Weapons of Mass Deception: The Media and Propaganda in a State of Perpetual War." Stauber is executive director of the Center on Media and Democracy, founder of PR Watch, and co-author of "Weapons of Mass Deception," "Banana Republicans," "Toxic Sludge is Good for You," and other books.

Monday, March 14 — Background Workshops on the Iraq War and the War at Home: Davies Center

  • 1-1:50 p.m. — History and Future of U.S. Military Interventions|
    Zoltan Grossman, assistant professor of geography, in the Ho Chunk Room.
  • 2-2:50 p.m. — Who's Who in Iraq: Political Parties and Insurgents
    Ali Abootalabi, associate professor of political science, and Kate Lang, associate professor of history, in the Menominee Room.
  • 3-3:50 p.m. — Economic Costs of Iraq War to Current and Future Generations
    Larry Glenn, of the UW-Eau Claire Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice, and Thomas Kemp, assistant professor of economics, in the Ho-Chunk Room.
  • 4-5 p.m. — Civil Liberties in Wartime
    Bob Nowlan, associate professor of English and member of Chippewa Valley ACLU, in the Menominee Room.
  • 7-8:30 p.m. — Video and Discussion: "Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties," in the Menominee Room.

Tuesday, March 15 — Workshops on group perspectives: Davies Center

  • 12-12:50 p.m. — Israelis and Palestinians: A Dialogue with Both Sides
    Book reading by author Cathy Sultan in the Alumni Room.
  • 1-1:50 p.m. — Women's Involvement and Feminist Perspectives
    Associate professors of English Asha Sen and Theresa Kemp and Molly Seaver of the Campus Feminists, in the Ho-Chunk Room.
  • 2-2:50 p.m. — Religious Community Involvement
    Unitarian Universalist minister Virginia Wolf and other local church leaders, in the Menominee Room.
  • 3-3:50 p.m. — Activism for the Health of Iraqis
    Mike Miles and John LaForge of the Anathoth Community, Luck, discuss depleted uranium, reconstruction, and the future of Iraq, in the Ho-Chunk Room.
  • 4-5:30 p.m. — Students and the Draft
    Harriet Allen, of the Eau Claire Peace Coalition, Steve Wagener, of Military Families Speak Out, and Molly Seaver, of the Campus Feminists, discuss recruitment, draft registration, conscription and conscientious objector status, in the Menominee Room.
  • 7-8:30 p.m. — Video and Discussion: "Arlington West"
    Film of interviews with Iraq War military personnel and their families, in the Menominee Room.

Wednesday, March 16 —

  • 12-12:50 p.m. — Peace Rally at the UW-Eau Claire Clock Tower
    Organized by campus and community groups to culminate week of activities. Open to all college and high school students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • "Peace Dreams — Whispers in the Wind" (presented at Peace Rally)
    Participants will be creating a string of fabric, peace flags, ribbons and banners to tie onto a rope as an expression of grief for all those affected by the war and the hope of peace. This collective artwork will be a colorful reminder of our hopes and be used by area groups in future peace activities.

Sponsors for the Community Teach-In include the Eau Claire Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice, the Progressive Student Association, UW-Eau Claire Amnesty International, Military Families Speak out, Women in Black, Eau Claire Peace Coalition, TAUWP-AFT Local 3535 and others.

All events are free and open to the public. High school students and draft-age youth are welcome. The Teach-In poster can be viewed on the Web at www.uwec.edu/sfpj/teachin.htm, and the four-day schedule can be found at www.uwec.edu/sfpj/events-t.htm. For more information, contact Rick Richmond at (715) 836-4378 or rrichmon@uwec.edu or Zoltan Grossman at (715) 836-4471 or grossmzc@uwec.edu.

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