Meet at the Rally
Written by Bwog Staff
Despite the stormy elements, at noon, the hunger-strikers organized a rally at the sundial. They explained to supporters that two strikers had dropped out for medical reasons, declared progress due to the university’s concessions, and reiterated the six points of negotiation. Due to Columbia’s agreement to make major cultures into a seminar format, shower curtains were provided for students to pen their thoughts on how the changes should proceed.
The typical cast of characters was on hand, including Reverend Earl Kooperkamp, former striker Bryan Mercer holding a mini teach-in on expansion, Tom DeMott and Tom Kappner of the Coalition to Preserve Community, Professor Dalton on the eighth day of his fast, a random lady from the Spartacists calling for socialist revolution, and Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council inveighing against the “outsider” Lee Bollinger (she mentioned that he was the highest paid university president in the country, which is not true).
Near the end, a student organizer got up to explain the game plan for today: negotiations on expansion will commence at 4:00 PM. At 5:00 PM, PrezBo will be holding an event with Kofi Annan to have a “critical conversation and dialogue” about matters of race and power, which she called an “attempt to divide and conquer this movement.” Faculty from CSER, IRAAS, and IRWAG, she said, will not be attending in protest.
More pictures after jump.
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