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Activism

Amnesty International

MIT has an active chapter of Amnesty International which raises awareness on campus of human rights issues around the world. Last fall, we sponsored a lecture by Wang Dan, a Chinese dissident from the Tienanmen Square protests.

We meet every other week in the student center to write letters to foreign governments asking for the release of political prisoners. We protest the use of torture and advocate for fair trial procedures. Twice a month, we hold tables on campus where we can inform students about human rights abuses and have them sign petitions.

We also educate ourselves about the political and historical situations surrounding cases of human rights abuse. This spring, we held a lecture by two Afghan refugees about the condition of women living under the Taliban regime. We hold movie nights to show documentaries.

If you would like to learn more about Amnesty International, please come to our first meeting on Thursday, September 7, at 8 p.m. in PDR #3 on the third floor of the Student Center. Or you can check out our website at web.mit.edu/amnesty or contact us at <mitai-request@mit.edu>.

MIT Greens

The MIT Greens is the campus chapter of the Green Party, a political party focused on ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, and social justice. We formed this March and are active in the local Green Party and Green Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader’s campaign. We currently have about 15 active members, evenly split between undergrads and grads and males and females. We have hit the ground running, with Nader giving a speech here in May that you can hear via our website.

The Green Party is trying to become a permanent, progressive force in American politics, and Nader’s campaign is just the beginning. We plan on being heavily involved in local and state issues, ranging from the environment to campaign finance reform, gay rights and education.

Now is a particularly exciting time to be Green. We need 5 percent of the popular presidential vote to be a recognized party and receive Federal matching funds in the next presidential election. With Nader getting between 6 percent and 8 percent in national polls, we can reach this goal if we wage a strong campaign. The media is in no rush to cover a progressive alternative to the Republicratic duopoly; Bush and Gore are so scared they refuse to even debate Nader. Citizen control of the government will only happen if people, including students like you, take the initiative and act.

You can reach us at <http://www.mit.edu/~greens> or by e-mailing <greens-officers@mit.edu>. We will be meeting on September 5 at 7 p.m. in room 10-280. You can also attend the local Green Party meeting from 8-10 p.m. in the same place. Visit us at the Activities Midway!

Share a Vital Earth

SAVE is a small band of dedicated students who care deeply about our planet. Although we do try to lobby for effective environmental policies at the state, country and international levels, our two main activities center around making MIT a greener campus and educating students to make environmentally sound choices. Past projects have included: lecture series, an informational booklet, recycled Athena header page notebooks (buy them on Reg day for $1!), helping implement a broader recycling program, and environmental education workshops.

Our strongest asset is our people. We support each other in our endeavors and make no distinctions on seniority. We have nearly zero bureaucracy, and our weekly meetings are more like working sessions where we plan our projects. New members are always welcome to walk in, to join a project or even start their own. We also educate our members on environmental issues, so don’t worry if you feel you don’t know enough: all you need to bring is enthusiasm and energy.

We truly believe we are doing exciting work, and we are eager to have more members striving for a greener campus. The best way to learn about us, however, is to come and talk to us at the Activities Midway. You can also mail <save-request@mit.edu>. Our web page can be found at <http://web.mit.edu/save>.

Social Justice Cooperative

The main goal of the Social Justice Cooperative is to bring critical social issues to the attention of the MIT community. A few of the issues we covered in our first six months of existence (last term) include: Biotechnology, the imprisonment of an MIT alum, Iraqi sanctions, globalization/neo-liberalism, women’s liberation, vegetarianism, and Mumia Abu Jamal’s imprisonment. To bring these issues to MIT, we have held discussions, sponsored talks by experts as well as showing videos on the Seattle/WTO demonstrations. In addition, we also try to connect MIT to issues on other campuses through our affliation with the Campus Action Network. We even organized a trip to Washington D.C. to protest the meetings of the IMF and World Bank.

We try to run our group as a true cooperative with decisions being made by group consensus, and anyone can bring to the group an issue they would like to see be addressed.

We are looking for people with a concern about the world around them, and a desire to change it for the better. If you have new ideas, new issues that you would like to see discussed, please consider joining SJC. Our e-mail list is <peace-list@mit.edu>, and our web site is <http://web.mit.edu/justice/www/>.

Stop Our Silence

Stop Our Silence (SOS) is an ASA recognized student organiztion at MIT that fights to end sexual violence and violence against women. SOS focusses on awareness, prevention, and support for the entire MIT community. SOS is a new and friendly organization always open to new ideas and members. Visit us at <http://web.mit.edu/jerwin/www/home.htm> or at the activities midway!

Students for Choice

MIT Students for Choice is a new group. We are dedicated to supporting women who are dealing with unexpected pregnancies, regardless of their cirsumstances, beliefs or ultimate decision. We are also fighting to protect each women’s right to make the decision that’s best for her. Since we are a new group, our membership is small but growing fast. And our agenda is wide open. Come join us -- lend us your ideas, your leadership, or your support.