We are a group of students and members of the Stanford community who have come together to work for peace and justice.
Believing in fundamental human rights and the preciousness of all human life, we welcome all people who oppose aggression, militarism, war crimes and war criminals.
We will work to create an inclusive, tolerant, respectful environment that engages with issues facing us in the world, and breaks the silence on the serious questions war raises in our community.
We will work, through nonviolent and peaceful means, to make Stanford a better place in a better world: free of war criminals, free of war profiteers, a place of knowledge and learning for peaceful ends, and aware of the role that the university, and more broadly the United States, plays in the world.
We will show that a better world is possible.
And we will have a good time doing it.
On March 19, 2003, the United States invaded Iraq on the grounds that it had WMDs and connections to al-Qaeda and 9/11. From the start, this war was wrong and, over time, the Bush administration’s justifications for invading Iraq were proven to be wrong. There were no WMDs found in Iraq and no link was found between Iraq and 9/11. And yet, after the deaths of millions of Iraqis and thousands of American soldiers, the United States is still occupying Iraq and Stanford’s campus silent and complacent about the issue. To make matters worse, the Hoover Institution awarded the title of “distinguished visiting fellow” to Bush’s former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Because of Hoover’s location on Stanford’s campus, Stanford is now virtually complicit with the unjust war in Iraq.
In order to combat Stanford’s silence about the war in Iraq and raise the voice of opposition to Rumsfeld’s appointment to the Hoover Institution, Stanford Says No to War was formed and approved as an official student organization on February 25, 2008. We, the students, of Stanford Says No to War are Stanford’s voice of anti-war sentiment. Join us in saying no to the war in Iraq, no to Rumsfeld’s affiliation with Stanford University, and no to giving awards and titles of honor to people with no honor!