As part of the newly launched Student Coalition Against Nuclear Iran (SCANI), students on campuses nationwide are taking action to oppose Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and raise the profile of the Iranian threat on their campuses.
At the University of Virginia, first-year Joel Taubman wrote an opinion piece for the school's student newspaper. Indiana University students have between circulating a petition among student leaders and the general population that they plan to send to Washington and Wall Street. Ohio State University students have also circulated a petition.
Harvard University students traveled to Washington to lobby alumni congressmen and senators on Iran and on April 22, 35 students from Princeton University will do the same. Students at Washington University in St. Louis have also lobbied their local congressman. Additionally, a rally has been tentatively planned for May on the campus of the University of Western Ontario.
In Ferbuary Hillel and the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) launched SCANI as a student-run network that will oppose Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and raise the profile of the Iranian threat on their campuses.
On January 28, more than 100 students from 50 campuses and all 50 states participated in a Web conference to discuss Iran and to plan coordinated action. (A complete recording of the session is available.)
Joining the students on the call and providing analysis were Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gabriela Shalev, former CIA Director Ambassador James Woolsey, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein, AIPAC Director of Policy and Government Affairs Brad Gordon, and Hillel President Wayne L. Firestone. ICC Executive Director Steve Kuperberg moderated the call. (A complete video of the call will be available on Monday, February 1.)
"A nuclear Iran is a threat to peace-loving people around the world," says SCANI Co-Chairs Chad Aronson, a third-year student at The Ohio State University, and Akiva Dym, a third-year student at Brooklyn College. "The Iranian government has not demonstrated its commitment to freedom and democracy at home or abroad."
The ICC Inter-Agency Task Force on Iran has created a toolkit for student activists that is available to download in PDF format.
Iran Tool Kit (PDF File 997Kb)
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Members of the Student Coalition Against a Nuclear Iran can join the SCANI Facebook group for discussion, updates, and important information.