Friday, November 09, 2001

MU speakers oppose war

By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        OXFORD — A rally Thursday against the U.S. military action in Afghanistan offered some viewpoints that differ from the generally strong nationwide support for the mission.

[photo] Michael Bush (left) debates U.S. policies on terrorism Thursday with John Severns. At center is Sarah Westheimer. All are Miami University students.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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        “We had an open microphone, and only one person spoke in favor of the war,” said Rodrigo Lazo of the Coalition for Peace and Justice in Oxford. “We wanted to open it up to other views.”

        Some Miami University professors and students spoke out against the war, as dozens of spectators listened.

        This week, the Miami chapter of Professors for Peace took out a full-page advertisement in the Miami Student against the war. It was signed by 39 professors, Mr. Lazo said.

        “Our goal with the rally,” he said, “was to get a debate going on whether bombing is the right approach to take in combating terrorism. At least we got a debate going about it.

        The Coalition for Peace and Justice is composed of three groups: Professors for Peace, Students for Peace and Justice, and the Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice.


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