2000 students walk out
|More than 2000 students and antiwar
protesters converged at the University of Minnesota’s
Coffman Union plaza on the anniversary of the re-election
of President George Bush. (Photo by Sid Pranke)
More than 2,000 students from over 30 high schools in the metro
area walked out of classes Wednesday, Nov. 2, to protest the Iraq
war and the Bush victory one year ago.
At a rally on Oct. 25 at the Board of Education to protest the possibility
that teachers might fail students who left school to attend the
protest, speakers urged the Board to not fail students who participated.
City Councilmember Natalie Johnson-Lee said she was “in solidarity
with these young people.” She agreed to ask the School Board
to excuse the students: “Young people need to be educated.
They need to be given true information. They need to walk on Nov.
Councilmember Dean Zimmermann, of the 6th Ward, said the present-day
“King George has engaged in a war of aggression to steal the
wealth of the Iraqi people. My heartfelt thanks go to the young
people of Minneapolis and the Twin Cities for having the courage
to engage in this action, to speak truth to power.” He spoke
of how local problems, for example, the asthma epidemic and the
shortage of livable wage jobs, are connected to global issues such
as the war in Iraq and our dependence on imported oil.
Students rallied at Coffman Union on the University of Minnesota
campus last Wednesday and then marched to a military recruitment
station to protest the presence of military recruiters on campus.
This Sunday, Nov. 6, the Youth Against War and Racism, the chief
sponsor of the demonstration, will be holding a spaghetti dinner
fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. at Walker Community Church, 3104
16th Ave. S. $10 minimum donation. RSVP at 612-760-1980.