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Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Brace Yourselves:

Berkley, Michigan, NOW RUTGERS

The New Jersey state university to host 3rd Annual National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement
Sponsored by the New Jersey Solidarity Movement - an offshoot of ISM

The New York Post, G-d bless them, exposes what we have to look forward to, with these quotes from organizer Charlotte Kates, 23, a Rutgers law student:

"Palestinian resistance in all its forms has been a very powerful tool of justice . . . from armed struggle to mass protest."

"Israel is an apartheid, colonial settler state. I do not believe apartheid, colonial settler states have a right to exist."

11/02 email address for Ms. Kates: ckates@pegasus.rutgers.edu -- See also her article, "Tension on Campus: A Call to Silence" in the 12/4/02 issue of CounterPunch.

The university, despite 230 letters of protest, has said the conference will go on as planned . . . in the name of free speech, according to Rutgers spokeswoman Sandra Lanman.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the university's vice president for student affairs, Emmet Dennis, issued this written statement:

"The proposed conference would be sponsored by a registered Rutgers student organization. As is the case with the hundreds of other programs, conferences, and events held at Rutgers facilities each year, the conference program represents the views of the program organizers and not those of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey."

MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committe (ADC-NJ):

"The Third National Conference will seek to build on our successes, analyze our tactics and develop strategies, skills and knowledge for the future. We will engage in educational sessions and workshops, activist skill-sharings and trainings, collective decision-making, public speaking events, rallies and direct action; we will come together as a movement to build unity and action, recognize and act upon diverse voices, and encourage collective involvement and expression. We will celebrate Palestinian resistance and work to build our own voices of resistance; we will strategize for divestment from Israeli apartheid. As Israel continues its oppression and occupation of Palestinian people and Palestinian land, we will raise our voices to demand an end and call for meaningful peace with justice in Palestine. . .

If you or your organization is interested in presenting, or if you would like to nominate another speaker or present an idea for a workshop, session or training, please email proposals@njsolidarity.org . . .

This [Workshops] committee will prepare a schedule for discussion at the conference's second organizing session, to be held in August in Chicago. If your organization subscribes to the principles and would like to send two representatives, please contact organizingsesh@yahoo.com."


Sandra Lanman
Associate Director of Media Relations
Areas: Graduate and Undergraduate Education, Admissions and Enrollment, Tuition and Financial Aid, Creative Arts
(732) 932-7084, ext. 621 (office);
E-mail: Slanman@ur.rutgers.edu

Pamela A. Blake
Director of Media Relations and Communications
(732) 932-7084, Ext. 602 (office); (732) 846-9705 (home)
E-mail: pblake@ur.rutgers.edu

Michael J. Sepanic
Director of Public Information
Areas: Law, Business, Public Policy
(856) 225-6026 (office); (856) 782-3391 (home)
E-mail: msepanic@crab.rutgers.edu

Cathy Karmilowicz
Public Information Coordinator
Areas: Undergraduate Education (Humanities),
Performing Arts, Sciences, Student Life
(856) 225-6627 (office); (856) 979-6391 (cell)
E-mail: catkarm@camden.rutgers.edu

Karen Kavanagh, Executive Vice President of Administrative Affairs
Office of Administrative Affairs
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Old Queen's Building, Suite 207
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Phone: 732/932-5661
Fax: 732/932-5498
Email: kavanagh@oldqueens.rutgers.edu

Kim Manning-Lewis, Acting Executive Director
Department of University Relations
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1281
Fax: 732/932-8480
Email: kmanning@ur.rutgers.edu

Richard L. McCormick, President
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
83 Somerset Street • New Brunswick • New Jersey • 08901
Telephone: 732/932-7454 • Fax: 732/932-8060
Email: president@rutgers.edu

Rutgers' Board of Governors is meeting Friday, July 11, 2003 at 9:00 AM at Winants Hall, 7 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ; the Board of Trustees, Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 3:00 PM at Winants Hall, address above.