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(en) US, Lawrence, Kansas,Stop Giuliani's Big Award! Protest the Dole Institute of Politics

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Date Mon, 7 Jul 2003 17:19:32 +0200 (CEST)

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posted on infoshop.org by kansas anarchist on Sunday July 06 2003
> For three days, Lawrence, Kansas, will be occupied by some of the
most noteable examples of white, rich, patriarchal ruling class
tyrants. On July 21st, join Lawrence Anarchists and Radicals, in
saying, "You are not welcome in Lawrence, not welcome anywhere!"
From July 20th-22nd, Lawrence, Kansas will be host to the
Dedication of the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

The guestlist includes Rudolph Giuliani, Tom Brockaw, Jimmy
Carter, Gerald Ford, Bob Dole, Kathleen Sebelius, and many others.
As this article comes to Infoshop, rumors continue to circulate, and
can be slightly confirmed, that George Bush and Colin Powell will
also be in attendance.

The celebration is being billed as the "Greatest Generation's
Greatest Celebration." Hundreds of World War II veterans will be
coming to Kansas for this event, to coincide with "veteran" Bob
Dole's 80th birthday.

One of the major spotlighted events, besides the actual dedication,
is the "Robert Dole Legacy of Leadership Dinner" in which all the
guests will be in attendence, to watch on as Rudolph Giuliani
becomes the first recipient of the Dole Leadership Award. The
dinner is a $500.00 a plate invite only dinner to be held at a local

The fact that Giuliani will be recieving this award comes as a slap in
the face for all the workers, poor, and people of color of New York
City that suffered under his control.

The entire celebration is a mockery of the situation now upon the
world as the United States delves deeper into the formation of its

The people of Lawrence will not be held captive in their own town
as these "guests" arrive. They will be in the streets of Lawrence,
showing these tyrants what they will really think of them.

The people of Lawrence call on any and all anarchists
revolutionaries, and radicals that can, to come to these protests in
solidarity with local residents. Together, we will make our voices
heard to the world. The Tyrants are not welcome in Lawrence. They
are not welcome anywhere!

Reasons to protest the dedication of the Robert Dole Institute of

On Bob Dole:

Bob Dole is a major stock holder and has recieved many large
donations from Koch Industries, an oil company that made it's
fortune through the illegal and immoral appropriation of land beloging
to native peoples. Koch has a major stake in the war in Iraq and is
one of many oil companies that has high dollar investments in the
war in Iraq and post war contracts.

Bob Dole is outspoken for support for the war. In a speech given at
the foot of what once was the World Trade Center in March, Dole
equated anti-war protesters to being "jokes of democracy" and
turning the "rights soldiers were fighting for" into mere theater

Dole is a long time supporter of the death penalty and wished to
decrease the number of appeals an inmate could reiceve. He also
helped push legislation that would have made inmates unable to use
a defense of "racial prejudice in judicial proceedings" for a reason
for appeal.

Dole was a long time propenent of NAFTA and other free trade
agreements that have devestated labor in the United States and
created perpetual poverty in Mexico and other nations.

There are many more reasons, but these are some main ones.

On Rudolph Giuliani:

Giuliani is best known for turning New York into the police state it
is today. For years, Giuliani waged a war on the homeless, by
evicting a record number of squats, trying to slash funding to social
services while increasing funding for the city police, and making
street vending a misdeanor jailable offense if done without a

Giuliani also helped break strikes by transit workers, resisted all
attempts in maintaining rent controls, and defending the use of
deadly force by police against unarmed "criminals".

On the Celebration of World War II:

From Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States:

The victors [of World War II] were the Soviet Union and the United
States (also England, France and Nationalist China, but they were
weak). Both these countries now went to work--without swastikas,
goose-stepping, or officially declared racism, but under the cover of
"socialism" on one side, and "democracy" on the other, to carve out
their own empires of influence. They proceeded to share and contest
with one another the domination of the world, to build military
machines far greater than the Fascist countries had built, to control
the destinies of more countries than Hitler, Mussolini, and Japan
had been able to do. They also acted to control their own
populations, each country with its own techniques-crude in the
Soviet Union, sophisticated in the United States--to make their rule

The war not only put the United States in a position to dominate
much of the world; it created conditions for effective control at
home. The unemployment, the economic distress, and the
consequent turmoil that had marked the thirties, only partly relieved
by New Deal measures, had been pacified, overcome by the greater
turmoil of the war. The war brought higher prices for farmers, higher
wages, enough prosperity for enough of the population to assure
against the rebellions that so threatened the thirties. As Lawrence
Wittner writes, "The war rejuvenated American capitalism." The
biggest gains were in corporate profits, which rose from $6.4 billion
in 1940 to $10.8 billion in 1944. But enough went to workers and
farmers to make them feel the system was doing well for them.

It was an old lesson learned by governments: that war solves
problems of control. Charles E. Wilson, the president of General
Electric Corporation, was so happy about the wartime situation that
he suggested a continuing alliance between business and the
military for "a permanent war economy."

That is what happened. When, right after the war, the American
public, war-weary, seemed to favor demobilization and
disarmament, the Truman administration (Roosevelt had died in
April 1945) worked to create an atmosphere of crisis and cold war.
True, the rivalry with the Soviet Union was real--that country had
come out of the war with its economy wrecked and 20 million people
dead, but was making an astounding comeback, rebuilding its
industry, regaining military strength. The Truman administration,
however, presented the Soviet Union as not just a rival but an
immediate threat. In a series of moves abroad and at home, it
established a climate of fear--a hysteria about Communism--which
would steeply escalate the military budget and stimulate the
economy with war-related orders. This combination of policies
would permit more aggressive actions abroad, more repressive
actions at home.

On the entirety of the celebration:

Dole will be recieving another building in his name, paid for by
private donations, but also by budget bills in the U.S. Congress,
costing Tax Payers millions of dollars. These were in the same
budget bills that slashed millions of dollars to social programs and

Giuliani will be rewarded with the first ever "Dole Leadership
Award" at a $500.00 a plate dinner. This is a direct insult to many in
Lawrence, who have lost jobs in the past year due to the spiraling
economy, and in a town where dozens of teachers will be "laid off"
due to budget crises in the State budget.

For three days, the population of the town of Lawrence will double
with the estimated 50-100,000 attendees of the celebration. Our
town cannot support such an influx of people. Our roads will be
more clogged, the city shut down with security, and the ordinary
people's lives turned in a utter struggle to carry out daily tasks. The
people of Lawrence never asked for this, and many don't want it.

For three days, some living, breathing examples of white supremacy
and patriarchy (all of the invited major guests besides Dole's wife
are male... coincidence?) and domination of the world. They will
make this a celebration of one U.S. war and also create a
celebration of U.S. Imperialism in the years since.

And this doesn't even include if Bush and Powell come. They are
expected to... But even if they don't, we have plenty of reasons to be
in the streets. These kinds of people and their celebrations should
not be welcome here.

In solidarity. Tyranny Ends Now!

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