Sep

26

This Week in Protests

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Columbia only truly excels at one sport–protesting. Not only are we good at it, but it’s probably our only event with more than a dozen spectators at any given time. And, boy, has this week has been a doozy… Below you can find links to our coverage in case you missed out on any of the flower-powered civil dissension.

Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York created a stir well beyond our gates. Not discouraged by the lack of a Columbia connection, students protested anyway. Sorta like batting practice.

The national level Hillel helped stage this pro-Israel presentation booth. Hardly a week goes by when pro-Israel or pro-Palestine people don’t have something urgent to tell you on College Walk…

The President of the Republic of Guinea apparently did some bad shit, and when he was here for the World Leaders Forum, so were about a dozen angry people.

A vigil was held by Columbia’s Black Students Organization, Amnesty International, College Democrats and the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization for Troy Davis, a convicted cop-killer who was given the death penalty.

A Day of Unity was organized in support of Columbia University employees.

A lengthy protest has smoldered down on Wall Street all week. Along with many other people, a few Columbia students got arrested.

Piece of our history via Gothamist.

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25 Comments

  1. protesting sucks  

    your worthy cause is not as worthy as you think it is. just the fact that there is so much protesting about so many different subjects proves that your cause is not that special.

  2. Anonymous  

    If you had put even a modicum of Googling effort in, you would have seen that Talk Israel was a Hillel program conducted simultaneously on 20 college campuses nationwide in order to *educate* people about the conflict between Israel and Palestine, an especially salient topic considering Palestine's recent application for statehood at the UN. This wasn't just a random protest.

  3. Anonymous

    Why are there no pro-palestine supporters for Israel ? Those within the country have a far better life than most in the Arab world.

  4. "what we do best besides bitching"

    but isn't protesting just organized bitching?

  5. can someone

    who supports protesting, please give me 5 good reasons why it is a worthwhile endeavor, instead of just thumbing this down?


    And go, thanks!

    • Anonymous  

      5 seems rather arbitrary, but I can give you why it seems like a worthwhile endeavor to me: I think we as Columbia students are extremely apathetic and caught in our little Columbia bubble constantly.. The protests I am involved in on campus are, for me, generally a chance to spread awareness, to let everyone know that SOMETHING, other than the amount of reading, problem sets, etc we have, is going on in the world. No, I'm not going to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or reverse Troy's execution, or stop Columbia from using plastic water bottles even, but I am going to do my small part in educating, bringing awareness, etc.

    • Easy  

      1. If no one ever protested anything in one form or another, nothing would ever change.
      2. It can bring you out of your own little self-interested bubble and help you care about something other than yourself.
      3. Other people may learn a little about the world.
      4. Those in power will be more wary about fucking people over if they know it could make them look super bad or could have serious repercussions.
      5. It can be fun. You get to meet cool people.
      6. (Bonus!) You may feel a greater sense of purpose in knowing that you're helping the world.

      I know I just complied with your request, but it really wasn't on me to prove to you that protesting is worthy. The world doesn't owe you information. Educate your own damn self. Ass.

  6. troydavis

    you forgot to mention that yesterday it said 'I AM TROY DAVIS' on butler library

  7. troydavis

    also i'd say calling troy davis 'a convicted cop-killer' is a major over-simplification

  8. Anonymous  

    You know what, Bwog? You can go straight to hell. I know you think you come off all "cool" and blase to make everyone's causes sound ridiculous, but chances are they have a good reason for being there, and even if you don't agree with them (I don't agree with several of these protests), the least you could do is accurately report the reasons people were upset enough to take to the streets.

    Oh wait, that's assuming you were a legitimate news organization. Why don't you just change your name to "Free Food" so you can more accurately reflect your content?

  9. Anonymous

    Rudd admitted that the stated reasons for the revolt at Columbia were just an excuse to challenge authority. “We just manufactured the issues…. The gym issue is bull. It doesn’t mean anything to anybody.” (Meyers, 2003) t was just an excuse from Mickey Soviet to take over the grant grubbing administration and redirect federal moneys to commy causes just like Obama. http://www.conservapedia.com/Mark_Rudd
    http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/mark-rudd-confirms-obamas-electoral-strategy/question-1479355/

  10. Anonymous

    Do you know the difference between ad hominem and ad personam? Do the commy professulas who rob you know?

  11. Anonymous

    Rudd admitted that the stated reasons for the revolt at Columbia were just an excuse to challenge authority. “We just manufactured the issues…. The gym issue is bull. It doesn’t mean anything to anybody.” (Meyers, 2003) t was just an excuse from Mickey Soviet to take over the grant grubbing administration and redirect federal moneys to commy causes just like Obama.

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