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Monday, March 20, 2017

[haw-info] Message about elections, new members, and the Steering Committee

March 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

Historians against the War (HAW) is soliciting additional members for
its Steering Committee. We believe that the dangerous policies of the
new Trump administration require a strengthening of organizations such
as ours that work for a peaceful world and against repression and
intolerance. We want people who are willing to contribute time and
energy to determining our upcoming plans and are willing to help see
them come to fruition.


If you would like to nominate yourself for the Steering Committee
elections, don't be shy! Please send Margaret Power (power@iit.edu)
and Van Gosse (van.gosse@fandm.edu) your name and affiliation, a few
lines about why you would like to be on the Steering Committee, and
what areas or aspects of the work you are potentially willing to join
or develop. If more than 20 people step forward, as has happened
several times in the past, an election will be held. Everyone has
different strengths and abilities, so consider using yours to help HAW
organize historians.


Margaret Power and Van Gosse

Our February 2017 updated Mission Statement is below.

Historians Against the War was formed in January 2003 to oppose the
Bush Administration's drive for a pre-emptive, illegal invasion of
Iraq. We participated actively in the antiwar movement of the Bush
years, and we have continued to campaign for peace and diplomacy
internationally, while extending our support for Palestinian human
rights. Now, with the ascent of an extreme rightwing administration
contemptuous of constitutional norms, we will add to our mission
fighting for free speech and academic freedom for all members of
campus communities, and for the human rights of our students,
especially the undocumented, Muslims, people of color, women and LGBTQ
people. We will challenge the "fake news" and "alternative facts" that
have driven the right's ascent, and defend the discipline of history
against attempts to reduce it to affirmations of "American greatness,"
documenting how prior eras of reaction were successfully combatted.
Finally, we recognize that the Trump/Pence Administration is a threat
not only to the people of the United States, but to the people of the
world, and we will continue to stand against a new nuclear arms race,
more imperial interventions, and collaboration with authoritarian
regimes.


--
Margaret Power
Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Humanities
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 S. Dearborn St.
Room 218 Siegal Hall
Chicago, IL 60616
312-567-6921

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