24-hour ‘sit-out’ starts at midnight tonight in lower quad

The University of St. Thomas Students Against War will sponsor a 24-hour “sit-out” that will start at midnight tonight in the flag pole area of the lower quadrangle.

The sit-out will be held throughout all 24 hours of Thursday, March 20. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. If you come at night, bring some candles if you have them. Conversation, prayer and peacefulness will be encouraged; participants are welcome for long or short visits.

“It is not business as usual in Iraq, and it shouldn’t be here, either,” said St. Thomas student Cara Lane, one of the sit-out coordinators. She is a member of Students Against War, a subgroup of the Student Coalition for Social Justice.

Lane said the Students Against War “want to demonstrate our unity with our brothers and sisters of Iraq.”

The sit-out, she said, “reflects our refusal to continue freely in our normal way of life at a time when the lives of the people of Iraq are forcibly being altered.”

For more information call Lane at the St. Thomas Center for Community Partnerships Office, (651) 962-6175, stop at the center’s office in Room 153, Murray-Herrick Campus Center, or send an e-mail to Erica Leigh of the Students Against War at USTnowar@hotmail.com.