Edited By Mike Clark-Madison, Fri., Feb. 7, 2003
A coalition of more than a dozen student groups calling itself Peacerising is organizing a student walkout from UT classes for Feb. 12 at 11:30am, to demonstrate broad student opposition to a possible war in Iraq. Students and supporters will gather at the East Mall and march to the South Mall for a noon anti-war rally, under the slogan "No War in Iraq." For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, Austin Against War will hold a march and rally at the state Capitol to oppose the war on Iraq. UT prof Robert Jensen will emcee the event, which begins at 1pm. For more info, visit www.austinagainstwar.org.
"History may not repeat, but it sure rhymes a lot." That was U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett last week (paraphrasing Mark Twain), touching base with Naked City on the death of Maury Maverick (see "Capitol Chronicle"). Doggett said "there's a lot of rhyme" between Maverick's battles against McCarthyism in the Fifties and the current political atmosphere. "When we feel outnumbered on some of the troubling issues that we face today," Doggett continued, "we can take inspiration from his toughness and his willingness to speak truth to power. That's what he did during the McCarthy era, and when we think of [Attorney General] John Ashcroft's era and the problems we face on the international scene, Maury was just the kind of guy who would carry on that struggle, no matter how big and overwhelming it appeared." Asked if there's any reason to believe that the U.S. won't be at war in Iraq in the next few weeks, Doggett said, "The rush is clearly on." He said he was "really encouraged" that the Austin City Council is considering a resolution to oppose the war, concluding, "We cannot accept the inevitability of war. We have to keep speaking out forcibly against it. It's really going to have ill consequences for us." -- Michael King