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Dear list, I just want to say how proud I am of our dear friend, Roger. He did a great job this past weekend: FIND AT: http://www.heralddemocrat.com/Â (below action also mentioned in another article about Bush at AC)Students quietly protest Sunday, 03 November 2002 BY JERRIE WHITELEYHERALD DEMOCRAT While most of the local people packed into Austin College's Sid Richardson Center Friday night seemed thrilled to get to see former President George H. W. Bush, some of the private liberal arts school's students protested his selection as this year's Chair of Excellence in International Leadership.Outside the building in which Bush spoke, a small group of students wore white arm bands to protest the visit. Roger Stroope, an Austin College senior, was one of those students, and he said the small group was quickly disbanded by Secret Service agents.Stroope said the arm bands, which represented peace, were just part of a bigger, but respectful, protest of the college's choice to have Bush on campus. He said about 40 students spent part of Thursday night putting chalk to pavement in an attempt to make the rest of the campus aware of the thousands of people killed in El Salvador and Nicaragua at the hands of people trained by the School of the Americas during Bush's presidency and vice presidency."We were looking for a respectful way of showing our solidarity with the oppressed of the world," Stroope said. He said another senior, Sara Sparks, came up with the idea of writing down the names. Sparks said she and the others had hoped the names would still be on AC's mall walkway when Bush arrived Friday. "We didn't really know what would happen. I knew that we would not change his mind about the things that happened while he was president and I knew that we wouldn't make the school change its mind about giving him the award, but I thought we could educate some of the people around us." Stroope said the group spent hours down on their knees in the cold writing down the names before another group of students showed up to try to stop the protest. Stroope said the second group of students erased about a hundred names before they were convinced that the names were part of an act of free speech.Even though early morning rains washed the rest of the names away, and former President Bush left campus without seeing them, Sparks and Stroope said they felt their protest raised awareness about the suffering people in other parts of the world endure and the way U.S. foreign policy can affect that suffering. ~ Anai Rhoads - - - - http://savethechildren.org/childrenemerg.shtml http://www.thePetitionSite.com/takeaction/411151486 -- __________________________________________________________ Sign-up for your own FREE Personalized E-mail at Mail.com http://www.mail.com/?sr=signup _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk