UCSB students and anti-war community members converged at the first-ever Isla Vista Peace Festival last Saturday. Speakers addressed the tragic costs of the Iraq war, the potential for a repeat performance in Iran, and efforts by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) to cut the University of California’s ties to weapons research laboratories. The festival–hosted by the NAPF, UCSB Solidarity Against War (SAW), and KCSB–took place on the National Day of Action calling for the end of the Iraq war. Rebelution, Bixby, and other bands put the pro-peace message to music. Noting the difficulty of organizing students, Will Parrish–the youth empowerment coordinator for NAPF–said, “Music speaks to them. Also, people were allowed to drink.” Mateo–a speaker from Iran and a UCSB history professor–railed against the potential war in Iran, citing the lack of evidence linking Iraq and Iran to 9/11 and the fact that Iran has not violated a single rule of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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