On Wednesday, March 5, 2003, I will be joining thousands of fellow students at over 200 campuses nationwide in a student strike known as BOOKS NOT BOMBS to protest pre-emptive war in Iraq. I have pledged to participate in this strike for peace and will not be attending any of my classes on this date. Instead, I will use this day to educate myself about the implications of the proposed war on Iraq by taking part in the events planned. I will be taking concrete actions against the war by writing letters and making calls to my federal and state representatives as well to former Stanford Provost and current National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.
In addition to expressing my opposition to the horrific consequences a war will have for the people of Iraq, this action expresses my outrage at the current administrationís prioritization, which builds up the military at the expense of important social services, such as education. Despite polls indicating the opposition to unilateral action by a majority of Americans, the Bush administration continues its costly drive towards war. This event will demonstrate to all that we students are unwilling to be ignored any longer in our demand for peace and will thus send a powerful message to our government officials.
I hope that you will join me and other members of the Stanford community on March 5th as we raise our collective voice and protect our rights as students, teachers, and citizens. You can pledge your support online at www.scpj.org or even strike class that day as other faculty members have already done in a powerful display of solidarity and social concern. At the very least, I hope that you will excuse my absence and support my decision to take part in an event as important and momentous as this.