Science Major, Shannon Moore, welcomes students to "Books Not
Hold Peaceful Anti-war Demonstration
"Books Not Bombs" student protesters carried signs and
sang songs in front of Grote Hall this week on the UTC campus, and
the goal, according to organizer Amanda Womac, was to raise awareness
of a possible war with Iraq. "We want students to feel they
have a voice, that they feel they are empowered without fear of
feeling unpatriotic," Womac said.
Womac was pleased with the level of participation. "Students
brought their own signs," Womac noted.
Campus groups including The Women's Action Council and Spectrum
sponsored the demonstration.
Anti-war protester and political science major Shannon Moore welcomed
everyone to the event. "We are Americans and we love our country;
we love our freedom to assemble," Moore said. Moore assured
those gathered that the protesters were not anti-military. "We
support each and every one of our soldiers because we are patriots,"
Protesters urged students who were not registered to vote to fill
out voter registration forms and to sign anti-war letters to be
sent to President George Bush, Congressman Zach Wamp, and other
The UTC demonstration was part of a nationwide day of protest coordinated
by the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition.