Campus Antiwar Network National Conference

Starting Date: 02-22-2003
Ending Date: 02-23-2003

Loyola University, Lakeshore Campus
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Invitation to National Conference of the Campus Anti-War Network (CAN)
February 22-23, Chicago, IL

As global opposition grows to a war on Iraq, the Bush Administration seems to be more determined than ever to carry out another desert slaughter. Protests around the world are escalating and right here in the US on January 18th well over 500,000 marched against the war. Fifty percent of Americans polled say they oppose the war, which means we CAN stop Bush before he kills again. Students played a crucial role in forcing the US to get out of Vietnam 30 years ago. Today, people around the world are looking for our generation to do its duty and stand up against this war. We also know that the tens of billions that will be spent on bombing and occupying Iraq means cuts in education here at home. An estimated 400,000 students will not be able to attend college next year because of the attacks on education spending. Tens of thousands of us have marched, organized speak-outs and vigils, attended teach-ins and made our voices heard. But as the war gets closer, it?s time for us to get seriously organized on a national scale to make sure we have the greatest, most united impact possible. The people of Iraq are counting on us.

On January 17, regional conferences at George Washington University and San Francisco State University brought together representatives from over 70 colleges and universities to discuss strengthening the emerging anti-war movement. Delegates founded the Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) and voted to oppose the war on Iraq and educate and activate our classmates and campus communities. We also decided to call for emergency campus actions on the day after the US invades Iraq or escalates the bombing, as well as to endorse the mass protests in San Francisco and New York City on February 15 and 16.

In order to help achieve these goals, CAN is organizing a national conference in Chicago on February 22-23 of campus-based, student anti-war committees. We believe that the best way to build an independent student voice within the anti-war movement as a whole is for the hundreds of schools with anti-war groups to get together, face to face, and democratically decide how we can all work together to stop this war.

All student anti-war activists are encouraged to attend the conference, but each school will be limited to two voting delegates to take part in decision making at the conference so that schools are not geographically under or over represented. All national anti-war groups are invited to send non-voting observers in order to build unity and coordination, but decisions will be up to student delegates.

REGISTRATION: As soon as your school decides to attend the conference, please forward the names of the delegates and all other attendees from your school to the following:
. For questions regarding the conference, phone contact can be made at 773-227-7873.

LOCATION: The CAN conference will be held at Loyola University?s Lakeshore Campus in the Roger?s Park neighborhood of Chicago. The red line train Loyola stop is only steps from our meeting room. Maps and directions are available on request and more information will be sent out prior to the conference regarding exact meeting rooms, welcoming party locations, etc.

HOUSING: Students in Chicago will try to arrange free housing for all conference attendees who need it. Given the big number of participating campuses, we request that if you can make arrangements on your own, that would be a big help. A list of cheap hostels and motels will be forwarded to anyone who requests it. Those who need housing arranged should email with the names and any special considerations (allergies, late arrivals, handicapped accessible, etc.) of all those who need a place to stay for either Friday and/or Saturday nights.

FOOD: Students in Chicago are trying to arrange food donations in order to provide light breakfasts and lunches for both Saturday and Sunday of the conference. Dinner on Saturday will not be provided but many cheap restaurants are within walking distance of the conference location. Vegetarian meals will be available but vegans or others with dietary restrictions should email so we know how many to accommodate.

Here is a preliminary list of campuses participating in the national conference:
San Francisco State University, Brown University, University of West Virginia, University of Chicago, George Mason University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis, University of California-Santa Cruz, Chico State, DePaul University, Loyola University, Northeastern Illinois University, Lane Tech High School, Notre Dame University, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, George Washington University, University of California-San Diego, Mills College, Washington State University, University of Oregon-Eugene, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Vermont-Burlington, Columbia University, California State Humboldt, San Diego State University, University of Maryland, University of Texas, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Ithica College, University of Michigan, Portland State University, College of DuPage, Lewis and Clark College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Susquehanna University, Earlham College, Swarthmore College, Notre Dame de Namur University, Rutgers University, University of Northern Colorado, Marshall University, Academy of Art-SF, University of Iowa ? Many more to come!

A Proposed Agenda and Conference Procedural Information below.

Friday, Feb. 21
--WELCOMING PARTY for housing assignments, meeting each other (location to be announced)

Saturday, Feb. 22
--REGISTRATION, distribution of conference materials, bagels, info fair
--WELCOME FROM CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS, explanation of procedure, approval of agenda
--PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF PROPOSALS on points of unity and structure issues (non voting)
--LUNCH BREAK with informal regional networking (lunch will be provided on site)
--BREAKOUT SESSIONS to discuss and brainstorm action proposals and CAN organizing (specific topics tba, but likely to CAN day of action, national or regional CAN protests, CAN website and newsletter, CAN outreach, March 5 actions, etc.)
--PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF PROPOSALS action/organizational proposals from breakout sessions (non voting)
--EDUCATIONAL/STRATEGY WORKSHOPS (speakers on topics related to war, organizing strategies, etc.)
7:30-9:00 (optional)
--BREAKOUT SESSION for chairs and proposal makers to help organize Sunday's voting session
PARTY with entertainment (location to be announced)

Sunday, Feb. 23
--PRESENTATION from previous night's proposal organizing breakout session
--DISCUSSION AND VOTES on points of unity and structure
--LUNCH BREAK (lunch provided)
--DISCUSSION AND VOTES on action proposals
--BREAKOUTS FOR WORKING GROUPS on passed proposals

Here's How the CAN National Conference Works

SCHOOL ANTI-WAR OR PEACE COMMITTEES: Two delegates will be recognized from every college or high school campus anti-war or peace group. Only one antiwar or peace group per campus please (where more than one exists, please meet to elect two delegates to represent the antiwar from your school.) These delegates will have to register at the conference in order to get their voting cards. Each school can bring as many students as they like and non-delegate students will have the chance to caucus with their delegates for decision making purposes before votes are taken. Delegates and non-delegate students will have full rights to participate (speaking, making proposals, working on CAN committees, chairing or facilitating, etc.) in all aspects of the conference, although delegates may be given priority to speak on certain items if time is running short.

GUESTS: CAN wants to build the greatest possible unity amongst
anti-war forces across the country. Therefore, we are extending an open
invitation to all anti-war groups (student or otherwise) to attend and
participate in the National Conference open sessions on Saturday, February
22. There will be space for information tabling for a fee on both Saturday and Sunday. We welcome input about how to coordinate anti-war work within the student movement as well as between the student movement and other sectors (labor, religious groups, civil rights organizations, etc.) CAN's Sunday, February 23 decision making sessions will be limited to student delegates and non-delegate students from participating campus antiwar or peace committees. If you or your organization would like to attend the CAN National Conference, please email the Planning Committee at

VOTING PROCEDURE: The National Conference Planning Committee voted to adopt a simple majority voting procedure for all conference questions. That is,
all questions will be decided by a simple majority vote of the delegates.
(For reference, there is a good basic Robert's Rules up on the website that was used for the January 17, San
Francisco State University CAN conference.)

FACILITATING AND CHAIRING: The conference will operate on a simplified Roberts Rules of Order process, which will be distributed to all participants in
advance of the conference, as well as included in the conference packet
itself. Different chairs will be chosen for different sessions based on
geographic representation. Antiwar committees are asked to send a list of possible chairs Chairing/facilitating a national conference can be challenging, so all attendees are asked to respect the
chairs/facilitators and remember that they are only students trying to do
their best, just like the rest of us.

PROPOSALS ON STRUCTURE OR PROCESS: Proposals regarding CAN structure and process must be submitted in writing to the Conference Planning Committee at
no later than 6pm on Friday, February 21 in order to be considered on the floor of the conference.

PROPOSALS ON POINTS OF UNITY: Proposals regarding CAN's points of unity should be submitted in writing to the Conference Planning Committee at
no later than Friday, February 21 at 6pm in order to be
considered on the floor of the conference.

PROPOSALS ON ACTIONS and other things, such as committees, web sites, etc: These proposals should be submitted in writing to the Conference Planning
Committee at
no later than Friday, February 21 at 6pm in
order to be considered on the floor of the conference.

Proposals NOT submitted in writing on time can still be brought to the
conference. However, experience at the regional conference shows that there
will be dozens of proposals on lots of different questions. The
point of submitting them early, in writing, is so that they can be organized,
grouped and presented in a coherent way to the conference in order to
maximize our time. Proposals not submitted on time in writing will NOT be
given priority over proposals submitted on time in writing. Of course, we
will all have to be a little flexible on this point, but all schools should
STRIVE to think about what they want to propose BEFORE they arrive and send
those proposals to the Conference Planning Committee.

All these proposals will then be discussed on Saturday in non-voting,
discussion sessions. Based on the written proposals and the Saturday
discussions, a working group will prepare a presentation of emerging
proposals to be considered on structure, points of unity, actions and other
proposals on Sunday. Thus, the final proposals to be discussed on Sunday
will be a combination of the written proposals that arrive in advance of the
conference and the full day of discussion about those proposals on Saturday.

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