U.S. Students Mourn, Move Together: September 20, 2001

September 20, 2001: National Day of Action for Peaceful Justice
More than 100 different campuses were expected to participate in the Sept. 20 National Day of Action for Peaceful Justice. It started at Wesleyan University when a group of students got together to respond to the danger of war. They reached out to friends and relatives at schools across the country. Since September 15, more than 100 schools - colleges, universities and high schools - have signed on to have some form of activity on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Call to Action: To students and community organizers nationwide

We would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims of the tragic events of September 11th and their families and friends. In this spirit, and in the spirit of peace, students for Peaceful Justice at Wesleyan University strongly urge campuses and communities across the nation to hold an hour of solidarity on Thursday, September 20th.

Let us join to mourn the devastating loss of life, to speak out against attacks now occurring because of ethnic and religious identity, and to raise our collective voices for peace.

As a group of concerned Wesleyan students, we affirm our commitment to thorough and peaceful justice, as opposed to retaliatory violence. If we respond to these criminals in kind, our actions - like theirs - would cause innocent people to die. We must defend justice. Our anger must not lead to discrimination, and our fear must not consume our civil liberties. Justice must not be confused with revenge.

Both individuals and the U.S. Government are in a unique position to set a precedent. We need not respond to violence with violence. To ensure that history does not repeat itself, the decisions we make in the present must be grounded in our understanding of the past. We must examine the history that culminated in the events of September 11th -- including the United States' own economic, social, and political actions. Let us use this present moment to educate ourselves and share this perspective with our communities and nation.

Within your own communities and campuses, we encourage you to voice your demands for non-violent action. We ask you to join us in creating government and media attention to a public advocating peaceful resolutions. Please use Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to educate yourselves and your communities, to build local public and media attention, and to mobilize support. This will culminate in a national day of action on Thursday September 20th between 12 noon and 1pm. This is your opportunity to create a visible response in solidarity with communities and campuses nationwide.

Please join us this week and in the future to continue advocating for peaceful justice. We must be vocal and united to create a better future.

In solidarity,
A Group of Concerned Wesleyan Students for Peaceful Justice

Campuses Planning Actions:
1. Allegheny College Meadville, PA
2. Amherst College Amherst, MA
3. Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
4. Barnard College New York, NY
5. Bennington College Bennington, VT
6. Boston College Boston, MA
7. Boston University Boston, MA
8. Brandeis University Waltham, MA
9. Branson High School Ross, CA
10. Brown University Providence, RI
11. Bucknell University Lewisberg, PA
12. California State Univ. Bakersfield, CA
13. California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
14. Carleton College Northfield, MN
15. Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
16. Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
17. Colby College Waterville, ME
18. College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, ME
19. Columbia University New York, NY
20. Cornell University Ithaca, NY
21. Davidson College Davidson, NC
22. Duke University Durham, NC
23. Emerson College Boston, MA
24. Emory University Atlanta, GA
25. Georgetown University Washington, DC
26. Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
27. Gettysberg College Gettysberg, PA
28. Goshen College Goshen, IN
29. Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
30. Guildford College Greensboro, NC
31. Harvard University Cambridge, MA
32. Hunter College New York, NY
33. Hunter High School New York, NY
34. Indiana University Bloomington, IN
35. Johnson State College Johnson, VT
36. Lehigh Ujniversity Bethlehem, PA
37. Lewis and Clark College Portland, OR
38. Los Medanos College Pittsburg, CA
39. Macalester College St. Paul, MN
40. Manchester College North Manchester, IN
41. Michigan State University Lansing, MI
42. Middle Tennesse State University Murfreesboro, TN
43. Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
44. Mills College Oakland, CA
45. Massachusetts Institute of Tech. Cambridge, MA
46. Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
47. Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
48. North Carolina SSM Durham, NC
49. NFA High School Norwich, CT
50. Northeastern University Boston, MA
51. Northwestern University Evanston, IL
52. Notre Dame University South Bend, IN
53. New York University New York, NY
54. Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
55. Ohio State University Columbus, OH
56. Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
57. Pennsylvania State University State College, PA
58. Pomona College Claremont, CA
59. Purdue University West Lafayette, IN
60. Queens College Queens, NY
61. Reed College Portland, OR
62. Rice University Houston, TX
63. Rutgers University Camden, NJ
64. Saddleback College Pennsylvania
65. San Franscisco State University San Franscisco, CA
66. San Franscisco City College San Franscisco, CA
67. San Jose State University San Jose, CA
68. Scripps College Claremont, CA
69. Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
70. Smith College Northampton, MA
71. St. Johns College Santa Fe, NM
72. Stanford University Palo Alto, CA
73. SUNY - Oneonta Oneonta, NY
74. Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
75. Truman State University Kirksville, MO
76. Tufts University Medford, MA
77. University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AK
78. University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
79. University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
80. University of Massachusetts Boston, MA
81. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
82. University of New Hampshire Durham, NH
83. University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
84. University of Hartford Hartford, CT
85. University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
86. University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
87. University of Oklahoma Norman, OK
88. University of Texas - Austin Austin, TX
89. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI
90. University of California Berkeley, CA
91. University of California San Diego, CA
92. University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
93. Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
94. Washington University St. Louis, MO
95. Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
96. Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
97. Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, WV
98. Willamette University Salem, OR
99. College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
100 William PAtterson University Wayne, NJ
101 Williams College Williamstown, MA
101 Yale University New Haven, CT