Written by Bwog Staff
A group of anti-Manhattanville expansion-ists and pro-hunger strike-ists are on Low steps right now, giving brief speeches, wielding signs, and listing things that are “not for sale” (“our homes,” “our businesses,” and especially “our love”)–along the lines of every Manhattanville protest in recent memory. They’re about to head over to PrezBo’s house, after which they’ll return to the center of campus to rally again. Hurry! The Rude Mechanical Orchestra is warming up!
Negotiations, meanwhile, are at something of a standstill. After a meeting with Quigley, Brinkley, Nair, Colombo, and Dirks at the IRC went from public to private in the span of twenty minutes, Bwog was not able to attend the first round on Friday afternoon. But, there’s a roundup here (and an account by an anonymous hunger striker, curiously posted by “b. mercer”). The second round is tentatively scheduled for Monday, we hear. We’ll keep you posted once things start heating up.
More photos after the jump.
The hunger strikers, three nights in, are looking good so far.
Coalition to Preserve Community leader Tom DeMott was there, as always. State Senator Bill Perkins and Councilman Tony Avella were also supposed to show up. Bryan Mercer delivered the most rousing speech, garnering appreciative huzzahs and drum beats, with a monologue about his place as a student of color at Columbia. He also reiterated the strikers’ position: “We are not eating until our demands are met or we’re in the hospital!”