peace research proposal
Sat Sep 22 19:46:52 CDT 2001
The time has come to take strident action toward building a community of
peace. As debaters our research skills can be an invaluable asset to social
movements intent on making the case against military aggression, against
indiscriminate killings and against the economic, political and educational
institutions intimately connected to the multi-faceted War Machine.
I would like to propose a national research consortium to identify and
outline weapons development projects at Universities and chronicle the
connections of the specific research programs to the broader military
strategy of which they are a component. The research would answer the
questions: What are the DoD projects at colleges and universities, what are
the specific intended uses of the weapons in development, and where do they
fit in with long and short term military goals? We could also begin to
assemble information about past strategies of institutional resistance and
incorporate it with information specific to each educational institution?s
weaknesses in order to generate possibilities for contemporary resistance
Although these projects could be carried out separately, a commitment to
share information and collaborate on strategy concerning follow-up research,
rebuttal of critical responses from university administrators, and response
to university reprisals could make our efforts more effective.
I have included as an attachment a preliminary article that I have written
concerning the University of Texas at Austin?s relationship with the
Department of Defense. It is a work in progress, although I have already
begun distribution at UT because of the present, urgent circumstances.
Please contact me with thoughts and commments. I am not on edebate, so any
replies intended to reach me should be directed specifically to me.
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