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Ole Miss Students Lay Down For Peace at the Union
Ole Miss Students Lay Down For Peace at the Union
Published: 2014/12/04
Channel: Hotty Toddy
How to Win your Student Council Election
How to Win your Student Council Election
Published: 2016/03/05
Channel: MarcElvin
Phoenix Union Peace & Unity Message
Phoenix Union Peace & Unity Message
Published: 2017/08/31
Channel: Phoenix Union High School District
Phoenix Union High School District Moment of Peace & Unity Video
Phoenix Union High School District Moment of Peace & Unity Video
Published: 2017/09/02
Channel: Phoenix Union High School District
Peace Talk in Union Day February 12, 2017
Peace Talk in Union Day February 12, 2017
Published: 2017/02/12
Channel: RFA Burmese လြတ္လပ္တဲ့အာရွအသံ
Peace of Mind 2018 - Bucks Students
Peace of Mind 2018 - Bucks Students' Union
Published: 2017/10/26
Channel: Bucks Student TV
Peace Movements and the War Machine
Peace Movements and the War Machine
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: Thebigparade
The Good Will Students for Peace Pledge - Newark, NJ
The Good Will Students for Peace Pledge - Newark, NJ
Published: 2017/06/14
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George Galloway Accused of Being a Racist by Israeli Student | Oxford Union
George Galloway Accused of Being a Racist by Israeli Student | Oxford Union
Published: 2013/10/15
Channel: OxfordUnion
amu peace march 10
amu peace march 10
Published: 2010/10/06
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Indy students take part in International Day of Peace by leading a march
Indy students take part in International Day of Peace by leading a march
Published: 2017/09/21
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Aweil Society Union Peace talked among themselves to be one 8
Aweil Society Union Peace talked among themselves to be one 8
Published: 2016/11/05
Channel: William Akuei
Moi University students pass a peace message to Kenyan politicians and citizens
Moi University students pass a peace message to Kenyan politicians and citizens
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: KTN News Kenya
Union & Peace Model UN ( 2005 )
Union & Peace Model UN ( 2005 )
Published: 2008/12/16
Channel: Andrés González de Rosenzweig
Nagas give out a message of peace and unity in capital New Delhi
Nagas give out a message of peace and unity in capital New Delhi
Published: 2014/10/17
Channel: Roving Report
Rally for the peace of the hills of Siliguri College Tmcp union
Rally for the peace of the hills of Siliguri College Tmcp union
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Uttarer Jyoti News
Mehdi Hasan | Islam Is A Peaceful Religion | Oxford Union
Mehdi Hasan | Islam Is A Peaceful Religion | Oxford Union
Published: 2013/07/03
Channel: OxfordUnion
Meredith Peace, end of year message to student members.
Meredith Peace, end of year message to student members.
Published: 2016/12/16
Channel: AEU Victoria
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Union's Rosa Parks Hosts Peace Parade
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: UnionPublicSchools
Anasyid For Peace | Student Union PSU Pattani
Anasyid For Peace | Student Union PSU Pattani
Published: 2014/01/30
Channel: Ibrahim Patani
Godfrey Bloom
Godfrey Bloom's Outburst to Student at Oxford Union
Published: 2014/01/27
Channel: OxfordUnion
ZINASU, Student Peace Prize Laureate 2003
ZINASU, Student Peace Prize Laureate 2003
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: bringsaas
Yahanana by UNIC and Student Union 2556 staffs "Anasyid For Peace" PSU Pattani
Yahanana by UNIC and Student Union 2556 staffs "Anasyid For Peace" PSU Pattani
Published: 2014/07/03
Channel: Ameen Seven
student/worker/solidarity: Columbia Faculty House Workers say No Justice, No Peace
student/worker/solidarity: Columbia Faculty House Workers say No Justice, No Peace
Published: 2013/02/09
Channel: DeeDee Halleck
Delhi University Students To Carry Out Protest March - Ramjas Principal Urges Peace
Delhi University Students To Carry Out Protest March - Ramjas Principal Urges Peace
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: TIMES NOW
Indian Student Peace rally Melbourne
Indian Student Peace rally Melbourne
Published: 2009/05/31
Channel: Suhasini -
discussion on peace and development in Germany by Student from Germany
discussion on peace and development in Germany by Student from Germany
Published: 2017/02/18
Channel: Rohit Sadotra
South Sudan // Peace Workshop for South Sudanese students
South Sudan // Peace Workshop for South Sudanese students
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: Skipper Komai
Educated students peace  of swat watch tell the end 😂😂😂
Educated students peace of swat watch tell the end 😂😂😂
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: SHAH FAHAD
EU MEANS PEACE
EU MEANS PEACE
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: Stud AVP
Bernie Sanders Being Arrested
Bernie Sanders Being Arrested
Published: 2016/02/18
Channel: ZEUS2117
Union Peace Making Work Committee met with All Burma Students
Union Peace Making Work Committee met with All Burma Students' Democratic Front
Published: 2013/08/07
Channel: MRTV Webportal
Dennis Prager - Hamas is a Greater Obstacle to Peace Than Israel
Dennis Prager - Hamas is a Greater Obstacle to Peace Than Israel
Published: 2015/04/29
Channel: OxfordUnion
SUA Peace Gala 2011 Student Experiences
SUA Peace Gala 2011 Student Experiences
Published: 2012/02/01
Channel: SUAPEACEGALA
AMU STUDENT PEACE MARCH
AMU STUDENT PEACE MARCH
Published: 2013/02/22
Channel: Aligarh Khabar
UNION HOME MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH PLEDGE FOR PEACE IN NAGA INHABITED AREAS
UNION HOME MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH PLEDGE FOR PEACE IN NAGA INHABITED AREAS
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Roving Report
Anasyid for peace  | Saeng tam school
Anasyid for peace | Saeng tam school
Published: 2014/01/27
Channel: Ibrahim Patani
Students rally for peace on MSU campus in East Lansing
Students rally for peace on MSU campus in East Lansing
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: FOX 47 News
Western Union Business Solutions – Global Pay for Students (CAN)
Western Union Business Solutions – Global Pay for Students (CAN)
Published: 2015/01/15
Channel: Western Union Business Solutions
Malala Yousafzai | Education for All | Oxford Union
Malala Yousafzai | Education for All | Oxford Union
Published: 2013/12/13
Channel: OxfordUnion
USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War: Crash Course World History #39
USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War: Crash Course World History #39
Published: 2012/10/18
Channel: CrashCourse
Shami Chakrabarti | Freedom of Speech and Right to Offend | Proposition
Shami Chakrabarti | Freedom of Speech and Right to Offend | Proposition
Published: 2015/08/25
Channel: OxfordUnion
students from China in England Peace Demonstrate before BBC
students from China in England Peace Demonstrate before BBC
Published: 2008/04/09
Channel: 278555128
Lecturers & Students Join Hunger Strike For Peace By Utkal University VC
Lecturers & Students Join Hunger Strike For Peace By Utkal University VC
Published: 2017/10/10
Channel: Kanak News
Canadian Science student Revert finds peace and logic in Islam
Canadian Science student Revert finds peace and logic in Islam
Published: 2009/01/06
Channel: Nosherwan Huma
TISS Student Awarded Brockille & Area YMCA
TISS Student Awarded Brockille & Area YMCA's Peace Medallion
Published: 2012/11/27
Channel: Hometown TV 12
Matthew Handley | Islam Is A Peaceful Religion | Oxford Union
Matthew Handley | Islam Is A Peaceful Religion | Oxford Union
Published: 2013/07/03
Channel: OxfordUnion
#19#India #Pakistan # Delhi University Students For Peace
#19#India #Pakistan # Delhi University Students For Peace
Published: 2014/06/17
Channel: Delhi University Students for Peace (India & Pakistan)
Kanhaiya Kumar Denies Raising Anti-India Slogans, Urges Students To Maintain Peace
Kanhaiya Kumar Denies Raising Anti-India Slogans, Urges Students To Maintain Peace
Published: 2016/02/18
Channel: India Today
EU is a peace process based on just negotiation
EU is a peace process based on just negotiation
Published: 2016/05/12
Channel: Quaker Council for European Affairs - QCEA
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Student Peace Union (SPU) was a nationwide student organization active on college campuses in the United States from 1959 to 1964. Its national headquarters were located near the campus of the University of Chicago.

The SPU was founded by Ken Calkins, who had gained notoriety when his pelvis was fractured when he ran in front of a truck during a pacifist demonstration against nuclear weapons at Cheyenne, Wyoming. He had returned to Chicago and became educational director for the local American Friends Service Committee. As part of his duties in that position he conducted a number of peace seminars at local Chicago high schools, where he developed a number of contacts with local students. By the spring of 1959 this network had been organized in the Student Peace Union and by the end of the school year had about 100 members. In 1960 it merged with the Fellowship of Reconciliation-affiliated College Peace Union, which had several campus chapters in the Northeast. By December 1961 the group had 1,500 members at dozens of campuses in the Midwest and Northeast, and a year later would expand to 3,500 members, with inroads on the West Coast and in the South.[1] From the beginning, the Young People's Socialist League, then under the influence of the Shachtmanites, poured its members into the group and tried to give it a "Third camp" direction—rejecting both Western capitalism and Soviet communism as equally imperialist.[2]

The SPU organized a number of protests and vigils at the White House. The first was in November 1961 against the resumption of nuclear testing. To their surprise President Kennedy displayed some sympathy for the group, having his disarmament advisers confer with picket leaders and receiving their petitions. A second protest, the "Washington Action" drew 5,000 students in February 1962. Kennedy sent them an urn of coffee on the first day of the protest, which was held during a snowstorm. The event was co-sponsored by Student SANE, the Students for a Democratic Society (which at the time had a tenth of the membership of SPU) and a Harvard affiliate of the SPU called TOCSIN, which was led by Todd Gitlin. TOCSIN was able to initiate some contacts with senators and State Department officials, combining the protest march with lobbying efforts.[3]

The SPU continued its protests against nuclear testing that spring, when they engaged in the first confrontation between police and anti-war protesters of the decade in New York. During the Cuban Missile Crisis that October, the group sponsored demonstrations across the country, including a march in front of the White House that drew 2,000 people. When the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed in the wake of the crisis it was a mixed blessing for the SPU. While they had always been against nuclear testing, so much of its identity was bound up with anti-nuclear war activism that it struggled to find a new footing.[4] Furthermore it was undermined by the factional struggles within the YPSL between the Shachtmanite "realignment tendency" -- which favored socialist entry into the Democratic party—and the more non-electoral "labor party tendency" led by Mike Parker. The Shachtmanites tried to dilute the labor party tendency's control of SPU by urging a merger with Student SANE, but this fell through. Debates among the YPSLs over when, if ever, to support peace candidates and questions over foreign policy consumed the top leadership, and the organization dissolved in the spring of 1964.[5]

A second incarnation of the Student Peace Union was formed in the fall of 1964 by some of the young SPU members and David McReynolds. While not very prominent nationally, it had chapters on a few campuses not otherwise known for New Left activism - Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, St. Peter's College, Idaho State University and Rocky Mountain College. It merged with the Campus Americans for Democratic Action to form the Independent Students' Union in 1967 [6]

Papers of the Student Peace Union are located in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Isserman, Maurice If I had a hammer New York, Basic Books 1987 pp.195, 198
  2. ^ Isserman, p.196
  3. ^ Isserman, pp.197-198
  4. ^ Isserman, pp.198-199
  5. ^ Isserman, pp.200-202
  6. ^ Isserman, p.242 n.57

Publications[edit]

  • The pacifist ethic and humanism by Philip Altbach [Chicago : Student Peace Union, 1960
  • The Youth Peace Corps and the Cold War by Michael Parker [Chicago : Student Peace Union, 1961
  • Program statement of the 1961 national convention of the Student Peace Union. Chicago: The Union, 1961
  • SPU organizer's handbook Chicago: The Union, 1961
  • Student Peace Union Chicago: The Union, 1962
  • Berlin : a statement Chicago: The Union, 1962
  • Minutes of the Student Peace Union national convention, April 27–29, 1962, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. [Ohio? : The Union, 1962
  • Feiffer on Vietnam by Jules Feiffer New York : Student Peace Union, 1960s
  • Bertrand Russell on the war in Vietnam [Bronx, N.Y.] : The Union, 1963
  • Songs for peace; 100 songs of the peace movement. New York, Oak Publications 1966

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