HAW at the AHA
| Historians Against The War
Business meeting, Friday, January 9, 2004, 5:30-7:30
Omni Shoreham, Diplomatic Ballroom
Please note: all times are approximate, as the chairs will move the agenda forward as appropriate.
5:30 Welcome, introduction of Interim Steering Committee and brief report from co-chairs (HAW’s history, current directions, established task forces and statement campaign, and immediate tasks).
5:45 Open Discussion: where do we go from here? How can we strengthen HAW and successfully oppose the Bush Administration’s empire-building agenda and the militarization of U.S. society?
6:30 (approximate time) Consideration of Structure and Functioning Proposal: following a question period, amendments will be considered, before moving to approve or reject.
7:00 Election of Steering Committee: 10 minutes will be allotted for members to read nomination forms and fill in their ballots (nomination forms will have been copied and distributed to members as they register, with a ballot).
7:10 Remaining business, announcements, brief caucuses of task forces.
Historians Against the War Business Meeting
About 30 people in attendance.
1. Collection of signatures on petition against the occupation of Iraq is going slowly (746 plus those that we have collected here). We need to try to collect more signatures here at the AHA.
2. We printed up 1500 copies of the Radical Historians Newsletter for distribution at the AHA. Please take copies and hand out. The Newsletter will not be mailed out as in past.
3. During the last year we constituted an interim organizing committee to do the work of HAW and now need to formalize that structure and consolidate the organization. The interim steering committee was introduced.
4. We want to do 3 things to do tonite: 1) discuss the direction that we want to give to the organization; 2) approve a new structure for HAW; and 3) establish a new Steering Committee. We also have four working groups (Historical Conferences, Network on Empire and Resistance, War Crimes, and Secondary School Curricula), and need to discuss if and how to proceed with those projects. Staughton Lynd briefly discussed the work of the Working Group on War Crimes, especially violations of the Geneva Convention on War Crimes in Iraq. In order for the case not to be thrown out of the courts, we need to involve veterans and others in the proceedings. Please bring people who might be able to help with this to Staughton’s attention.
5. Andor announced HAW events tomorrow, and especially encouraged AHA members to attend the business meeting tomorrow to support the resolution HAW has put forward.
6. Open discussion of where to take HAW. Van Gosse and Rusti Eisenberg presented two plans of action for HAW to consider. Van’s proposal is to work on a campaign to link current repression of civil and immigrant rights to historical events, and argue that we should not go back to those types of policies. Rusti proposed that we develop plans to be loud and visible in order to press our agenda with the media and the public in general, as well as to improve coordination with other groups with similar interests and concerns. This should build to a massive ad campaign in October 2004 that places Bush’s policies in historical context.
7. Approval of Structural and Functioning Proposal. Questions: Can the SC endorse candidates (probably not). Do we need to include students specifically? (We will mandate the issue to the new SC to fine tune the wording to include students and others.) Proposal passed without opposition.
8. Election of Steering Committee. Winners will be announced via email.
9. Final statements and announcements. Andor announced upcoming HAW events. Margaret would like to see more women in leadership of HAW. Alan reminds people to show up and vote at AHA business meeting. Rich Moser presented AAUP statement on civil rights.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.