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Regional Politics and Policies in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Political Issue Organizations

Student Chapter of the OSU National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Established in 1993, the OSU Student Chapter of the NAACP was founded to further the mission of the national NAACP on the OSU campus: "To achieve equity, political rights, and practices that expand human and civil rights, eliminate discrimination, and accelerate the well-being, education, and economic security of Black people and all persons of color." Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "OSU Student Chapter of the NAACP" yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals and documentation of the organization's interaction with local and state chapters of the NAACP.

Students for the Advancement of Women

Formed in 1979, the Students for the Advancement of Women exists to examine women's issues and the changing cultural roles of both sexes, to recommend, initiate and sponsor or co-sponsor informal educational programs that are not available elsewhere on campus pertaining to women's issues and the changing cultural roles of both sexes, to recommend, initiate, sponsor or co-sponsor educational and personal services not available elsewhere on campus for women and men, to identify incidences and problems of discrimination on campus and subsequently seek constructive solutions or methods for change, to provide women with decision making experiences, to provide a clearing house and forum for all students interested in the advancement of women, to operate independently of any other organization or University unit in order to facilitate new anti-discriminatory programs and ideas throughout the university. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Students for the Advancement of Women" yields several results, primarily mentions of the organization in university periodicals. 

Amnesty International

The OSU Chapter of Amnesty International was established in 1981 to promote the activities of Amnesty International, a worldwide human rights movement which works impartially for the release of prisoners of conscience: men and women detained anywhere for their beliefs, color, ethnic origin, sex, religion or language, provided that they have neither used nor advocated violence. Amnesty International opposes torture and the death penalty in all cases without reservation and advocates fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners. It is independent of all governments, political factions, ideologies, economic interests, and religious creeds. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Amnesty International" on Oregon Digital yields several results, largely mentions of the work of the national organization in university and regional periodicals.

Newspaper clipping from the Daily Barometer titled, "Women deserve all the options"Students for Choice

Established in 1990, Students for Choice formed to recognize and establish reproductive rights for women. In this regard, the organization seeks to educate the campus regarding reproductive right issues and to participate in political actions to ensure reproductive rights for women. Specifically, the organization will work towards ensuring that all women have access to safe and legal abortions and to effective contraceptive methods. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Students for Choice" on Oregon Digital yields several results, most of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals. 

Corvallis Organization for South African Freedom

Established in 1985, the Corvallis Organization for South African Freedom formed to educate and enlighten students and community about the evils of apartheid and to communicate the untold suffering of the oppressed majority of South Africa. Citing a lack of awareness of the issue on the OSU campus, COSAF joined with campuses across the country raise awareness and educate college students on apartheid in South Africa. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "South African Freedom" on Oregon Digital yields several results, most of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals, and materials found in other collections, like the Ed Ferguson Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook.

Environmental Activists

Formed around 2003, the Oregon State Environmental Activists organized in order to promote an eco-friendly way of life, establish a long-standing campaign to raise awareness and concern regarding the local and global environment. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Environmental Activists" on Oregon Digital yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals and mentions of similar organizations at other Oregon universities.

Students for Fair Labor Practices

Established in 1999, the Students for Fair Labor Practices formed to promote fair labor practices in business, government, and academia. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Fair Labor Practices" on Oregon Digital yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals and mentions of similar organizations at other Oregon universities.

Feminist Coalition

Formed around 2000, the Feminist Coalition was established to work toward ending violence against women, guided by the vision of a world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential and be free from all the systems and ideologies that willfully oppress and exploit anyone for the benefit of others. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Feminist Coalition" on Oregon Digital yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals, as well as mentions of similar organizations at other Oregon universities. 

Students for Life (also Right to Life)

Established in 2003, OSU Right to Life (also Students for Life) formed to promote the quality of all human life, from conception to natural death, through the course of group meditative contemplation and public awareness efforts to benefit students at Oregon State University and the greater international community. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Students for Life" on Oregon Digital yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals. 

Local Area Labor Association (LALA)

Established around 2001, the Local Area Labor Association formed to provide campus-wide awareness, education, and activism in response to campus and community labor issues. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records

Democracy Matters

Formed in 2003, the Democracy Matters Chapter of Oregon State University organized to represent Oregon State University students who stand against political corruption. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, Democracy Matters was established to promote worthwhile curricular and extracurricular activities related to the issues concerning the strengthening of our democracy. The goal of the organization was to hold politicians accountable to the people by getting big money out of politics. They strived to accomplish this goal by concentrating on the core underlying issues of money and politics, and how wealthy interests undermine the development of justifiably democratic institutions. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records

Education Students for Peace and Justice

Established around 2007, the Education Students for Peace and Justice formed to raise awareness among education students and the Oregon State University community about social justice issues in education and to create a forum where understanding, awareness, and networking could occur. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Education Students for Peace and Justice" on Oregon Digital yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals. 

Oregon Citizen's Alliance

Established in 1990, the OSU Student Oregon Citizens Alliance formed to represent and encourage participation of students holding traditional Judeo/Christian moral and ethical values in government and in society as a whole. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Oregon Citizens Alliance" yields several results, most of them mentions of the organization in the Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project. 

OSU Beyond War

Established in 1988, OSU Beyond War exists to education the Oregon State University community of the need to abstain from the use of violence in forcing solutions to local, national, and global conflicts. The premise of Beyond War is "War doesn't work anymore, and we are all in this together". The education effort focuses on the process of change, learning, deciding, and taking positive action. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Beyond War" yields several results, most of which are mentions of the organization in university periodicals, as well as materials about Beyond War movements on other Oregon campuses. 

OSU Coalition to Stop the War

Formed in 1991, the OSU Student Coalition to Stop the War was formed to promote peaceful, non-violent resolution of the ongoing conflicts in the Mideast, including the current Persian Gulf crisis, and to oppose the use of United State military force in the region as a means for solving these conflicts. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Coalition to Stop the War" yields several results, most of which are mentions of the organization in university periodicals. 

Earth FirstNewspaper clipping from the Daily Barometer titled, "Earth First members sing praises for wilderness"

Established in 1989, Earth First! formed to promote the mission of the national Earth First! of protecting the Earth. They acted as educators, informing those interested in joining the Earth First! movement of current Earth issues. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Earth First" in Oregon Digital yields several results, including mentions of the organization in university periodicals and mentions of similar organizations at other Oregon universities. 

Students for Free Minds and Free Markets

Established in 1985, the Students for Free Minds and Free Markets formed to open lines of communication between interested parties, to aid in the self-education of participants, and to organize and facilitate discussions of the principles or anarchism, classical liberalism, objectivism, and libertarianism. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records.

Student Coalition for Global Justice

Established in 1983, the Student Coalition for Global Justice formed as a forum for progressive education and exchange of political views among students from developing and developed countries. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Student Coalition for Global Justice" yields a few results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals.

International Anti-Communist Coalition

Formed around 1975, the International Anti-Communist Coalition organized to unite responsible anti-Communists in a broad coalition of many nationalities. They intended to accomplish this goal by exposing the errors and absurdities of Communist dogmas, by opposing the further spread of Communism and by encouraging the overthrow of Communist tyrannies throughout the world, by suggesting reforms for non-Communist countries in order to deprive communists of opportunities for subversion, and by promoting mutual understanding and greater appreciation of liberty among all peoples of the world. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "International Anti-Communist Coalition" yields a few results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals.

NOW (National Organization for Women) Campus Task Force

Established in 1981, the National Organization for Women, OSU Campus Task Force formed to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society, now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men, including equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of martial status, parenthood, or sexual orientation. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "National Organization for Women" yields a few results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals and mentions of similar organizations at other Oregon universities. 

Students for Peace

Formed in 1982, the OSU Students for Peace Education and Conflict Resolution Studies Committee (Later known as Students for Peace) organized to provide information and gain popular student support for the foundation of a program of Peace Education and Conflict Resolution within the Oregon State University curriculum. Later, the group pivoted to promote cooperation among all members of the Oregon State University community in furthering the interests of peace and political and economic justice by providing a forum for discussion of peace and justice issues among its sponsorship of seminars, teach-ins and other educational and political activities. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Students for Peace" yields a few results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals.

Student Activist Information Exchange Network

Established in 2001, the Student Activist Information Exchange Network organized to educate and serve the community via the dissemination of relevant activist information. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records.

Students Against Ballot Measure 15Newspaper clipping from OSU This Week titled, "Ideas sought to meet challenge of Ballot Measure 5"

Formed as a short-lived student organization, Students Against Ballot Measure 15 (also know as Students Against Bill 15) formed to organize students to assist in fundraising, contribute personal service, and in any other assist the vote NO on Ballot Measure 15. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Ballot Measure 15" on Oregon Digital yields several results, most of them mentions of the organization and the ballot measure in university periodicals. 

Students of Oregon United to Rescue College Education

Established as a short-lived student organization in 1992, Students of Oregon United to Rescue College Education organized to inform OSU students about the implications of Ballot Measure 5, qualified for the 1992 ballot, to organize students on the OSU campus in order to prevent damage to the State System of Higher Education, and to motivate the businesses and community organizations of Corvallis to pressure the state legislature to convene a special session in order to seek alternative means of funding for state services. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Oregon United to Rescue College Education" on Oregon Digital yields several results, most of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals.