In today’s Washington Post, student leader Latoya Plummer states that if reprisals are not lifted, “drastic actions will be taken.” I am hoping that these actions will include Boycotting Gallaudet in the Spring, with a large number of students refusing to return to Gallaudet and thereby hurting the University financially, at a time when Galladuet is already under scrutiny by Congress. Drastic, to be sure, but necessary, in order to get the attention where it needs to be: on the failure of the Board to ensure a fair search process last Spring. As i have stated in my recent postings, The Board has ultimate ownership of the failure and the ripple effect it caused in prompting students to protest.
Repeating what I said in yesterday’s posting, “In order to effect the desired and meaningful change from the top-down, Gallaudet’s primary customers, it’s STUDENTS, must react from the bottom-up…… Do you have the strength, the bravery, and the intelligence to hold the Board accountable for their ultimate ownership of the failed search process? If you do, then the answer is to NOT return to Gallaudet in January. Now is the time to show the Board and the World that you will be heard, and that you stand arm-in-arm in solidarity with your brothers and sisters.”
Yesterday, some people misunderstood this to mean only the arrested 133 from Black Friday should refuse to return in January. That is not what i meant at all. I mean ALL supporters of the protest, not only the arrested, not only the ones against whom reprisals are being taken. I mean for ALL of Gallaudet’s students who protested against the flawed search process, and against the very idea of an ineffective and draconian leader taking the helm of Gallaudet. All protesters who fought FOR Gallaudet, I encourage you to once again fight FOR Gallaudet by refusing to enroll again until reprisals are lifted. Solidarity requires sacrifice, and sacrifice is necessary to build a true Unity for Gallaudet. / Ken @ Bibliomarket
Saturday, December 16, 2006
By Susan Kinzie
Protesters Likely to Face Campus Hearings
Protesters who were arrested at Gallaudet University will face consequences, according to the board of trustees — and some student leaders reacted angrily to that yesterday.
For months, protesters demanded a new search for the president of the school for the deaf, with demonstrations that disrupted and, for several days, shut down, the university in Northeast Washington. More than 130 people were arrested after demonstrators blocked entrances to campus. In late October, the trustees voted to terminate the appointment of incoming president Jane K. Fernandes, and this week, deaf leader Robert Davila was named interim president.
But this week, the board also announced that the administration would enforce the student code of conduct for those who were arrested; they are expected to face campus judicial hearings.
It is unfair to punish only the students who were arrested, said student leader LaToya Plummer, when thousands of people contributed to peaceful demonstrations for positive change at the school. “In order to heal, we must have the reprisals removed. If they aren’t, drastic actions will be taken.”
Pamela Holmes, the board chairwoman, said, “I believe the dean of students will make every effort to allow students who came forward and have taken responsibility to quickly address their cases, allowing the students to put this behind them.”
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