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STUDENT PEACE ACTION NETWORK (SPAN) Printer Friendly Page

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1100 Wayne Avenue - Suite 1020
Silver Spring, MD
20910
Phone :(301) 565-4050 x322
Fax :(301) 565-0850
Email :
SPAN@peace-action.org
URL: Website
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  • Student anti-war organization with chapters on dozens of high-school and college campuses across the United States
  • Provides students with transportation to anti-war demonstrations
  • Opposes military recruitment in schools



The Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) was established in 1995 "to bring the voices of young activists into the forefront of the peace movement." "We organize for an end to physical, social, and economic violence caused by U.S. militarism at home and abroad," says SPAN. "We campaign for nuclear abolition, disarmament, and an end to weapons trafficking. We oppose the complex webs of corporate and military power that perpetuate racism, damage the environment, deprive people of basic needs, and violate human rights."

An affiliate of Peace Action Network, in recent years SPAN has formed chapters on more than 70 high-school and college campuses across the United States. Through these chapters, SPAN provides activist students with transportation to anti-war, anti-American, and anti-capitalist demonstrations in every region of the country. It also disseminates anti-war literature on the campuses where it maintains an active presence.

SPAN's top current priority is its "campaign of resistance against military recruiters' increased and misleading targeting of young people throughout the United States." This project impugns "the growing presence of recruiters in classrooms and cafeterias," and "the growth of expensive and deceptive campaigns like 'Military Adventure Tours' that glorify war for elementary students." It condemns "the lies and oppression of the military industrial complex" and seeks "to end this immoral war [in Iraq] and to support other Conscientious Objectors to the unjust occupation of Iraq."

SPAN is not simply against the Iraq War. In conjunction with a number of radical campus groups, it helped coordinate an April 20, 2002 Palestinian Solidarity March where, according to the Washington Post, some protesters arrived "wearing black masks and black military-style uniforms." "They had swastikas and shouted anti-Jewish slogans," added the Post

SPAN is a member organization of the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, which is led by Leslie Cagan, a longtime committed socialist who aligns her politics with those of Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba.

 

 

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