Pace Students Sell $1.00 “Nails in the Coffin of War”

Purchasers symbolically “Hammer the Final Nail in the Coffin of War.” The student-organized activity is part of the campus’s second annual “Peace Week.”

Contacts:
Erica Feldherr, Pace ’05, Co-Chair, Peace Week, cell 646-734-1264. schna21@aol.com
Chris Cory, Executive Director of Public Information, Pace University
212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“NAILS IN THE COFFIN OF WAR”
BEING SOLD FOR $1.00 IN THREE-DAY STUDENT DEMONSTATION
AT PACE UNIVERSITY PLEASANTVILLE (NY) CAMPUS

WHAT: Sale of nails for $1 each, which buyers are invited to drive into a pine coffin displayed in the student center at Pace University’s campus in Pleasantville, NY, north of New York City. Purchasers symbolically “Hammer the Final Nail in the Coffin of War.” The student-organized activity is part of the campus’s second annual “Peace Week.”

The coffin is surrounded by a 120-foot display of posters on which are mounted brief Associated Press biographies of the 1200 U.S. soldiers who have died in the recent Iraq war and of the 146 who have died in Afghanistan.

“We are honoring them — the biggest honor that can be paid to them is to create peace.”
– Paul Londrigan, junior political science major from Mt. Kisco, NY and co-chair of “Peace Week”

As far as the organizers know, this symbolic activity has not previously been used in peace advocacy.

WHEN: Monday, November 29 through Wednesday, December 1, 10 AM-9 PM.

WHERE: Pace University, Kessel Campus Center, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY. Directions to campus at page.cfm?doc_id=154

BREADTH OF SUPPORT: Peace week is co-sponsored by the Pleasantville Campus’s Model UN team, the Pi Gamma Mu honor society, and the N.A.T.U.R.E. student environmental organization, along with the academic programs in Political Science, Women’s Studies and Criminal Justice, the University’s Office of Student Development and Campus Activities, and the University’s office of Project Pericles, a national consortium of colleges and universities that work to encourage lifelong interest in using democratic processes for change. The project originated in a class, “Workshop on Citizen Advocacy,” taught by political scientist Gregory Julian.