Sunday, October 23, 2011

Virtual Antiwar University

We had a great series of antiwar teach-ins in the Chicago area in the run-up to Oct 8. More are happening - on an ad hoc basis, and with particular reference to the approaching Guantanamo anniversary, and of course a LOT oriented to NATO ... etc etc ....

And even more are needed. Each day brings new revelations and new outrages. Drones ... Pakistan ... Libya ... and on and on ....

Teach-in prior to demonstration on 10th anniversary of the invasion

It would be good if we could present this whole collection of learning opportunities -- this "virtual antiwar university" -- in a way that captures the public's imagination. Particularly since the occupy movement has done so much to mobilize people, to wake them up, and to lead them to ask, "How can I use the months ahead in a way that allows us to come back even stronger in the spring?"

Is there an opportunity to elevate this into something bigger than isolated teaching events? How could we make something like this happen?

Related posts

Virtual Antiwar University (VAU) 101 focuses on eight categories of U.S. war crimes, selected from Mike Haas' book, George W. Bush, War Criminal? The Bush Administration’s Liability for 269 War Crimes.

(See VAU Afghanistan 101: US War Crimes )

"It's not enough to remember this just once a year; it's not enough that we make a single book -- Hiroshima -- required reading, and never go beyond that. There should be a whole canon that people study progressively, year by year, to grasp and retain the horror of this."

(See FIRE AND BLAST: A Curriculum that Confronts Nuclear Danger?)

Re-reading George Orwell's 1984 recently made me see at least 15 ways 2013 is like the world he describes in the book . . . .

(See 2013 = 1984 ? )

There's a lot more to Iran than we've been exposed to by the U.S. foreign policy narrative.

(See Feb 4 - Resources about Iran )