Reporters are invited to attend "The War on Terror: A Credible Threat," a daylong teach-in at UC Santa Cruz. Speakers will be accessible for interviews, and a press room will be made available. Press parking will also be provided.
When: Monday, April 24 (10 a.m to 8 p.m.)
What: A daylong campus teach-in on April 24 will feature former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson-the husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame--plus an array of other speakers including U.S. Representative Sam Farr; prominent law professors from UCLA, UC Berkeley, Columbia, and Georgetown University; Santa Cruz mayor Cynthia Mathews; senior UCSC faculty members; and Chancellor Denice D. Denton; plus a performance by members of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. This event is free and open to the public.
Where: Upper Quarry Amphitheater at UC Santa Cruz
Background: The idea for the event grew out of concern over the Pentagon's spying on antiwar activities by students and a recent report in which UC Santa Cruz was characterized as being a "credible threat" to national security. It was initiated by Faculty Against War-a group of 25 senior UCSC faculty members-and a coalition of student organizations, including Students Against War (SAW).
The teach-in will address such issues as warrantless searches of U.S. citizens, confirmed reports of torture in U.S.-controlled prisons, alleged violations of constitutional and international law in the war on terror, and the deteriorating situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.
"As educators, we feel an obligation to respond, and so we have chosen to respond with education," noted UCSC politics professor Michael Urban on behalf of Faculty Against War.
For more information, go to: http://www.facultyagainstwar.org/. The web site contains an updated speaker schedule, speaker biographies, and directions to the Upper Quarry.