Political Science Major, Shannon Moore, welcomes students to "Books Not Bombs"




Students 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," Moore said.

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 lawmakers.

The UTC demonstration was part of a nationwide day of protest coordinated by the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition.