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Rage and Resistance 101

Cherkira Lashley ’15 writes in:

RAGE and RESISTANCE 101 is a spoken word, music and dance performance that engages with ruminations on rage and resistance as a way to process the recent events in Baltimore, Ferguson, Chicago, New York, and more.

This event will feature: Circles & Ciphers, Cherkira Lashley, Markeisha Hill, Naomi Oyakhilome, Ismael Coleman, Monica Sun, David Stouck, Jillian Roberts, Sara Feldman

Date: Thursday, May 7th – tonight!
Time: 8:00pm
Place: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

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Dawanna Butler ’15 writes in:

This is a panel presentation and discussion to explore various
perspectives on the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York to commemorate the life, civil rights and social justice legacy that Dr. King has left. Come to listen, share, and try to understand these different viewpoints.

Date: Friday, January 30th
Time: 3:15-6:00 PM
Place:  Memorial Chapel
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Black Lives Matter // Shut Middletown Down

Wesleyan Students at a "Die In" on the corner of Wash and Main. Photo by James Gibbel '18

Wesleyan Students at a “Die In” on the corner of Wash and Main. Photo by James Gibbel ’18

At 3 PM, a huge number of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and Middletown community members (estimates range from a few to several hundred) gathered in the Exley Lobby ready to march in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Although most folks dissipated at about 4 PM after the stream of protestors made it’s way back to main campus, as of 4:45 PM there are still students marching on the North End of Main Street and police are present. Prior to the march, protestors were reminded that a Black life is taken every 28 hours by law enforcement or state-backed vigilantes; this march was an attempt to disrupt the Middletown economy in analogous fashion to the constant disruption of Black lives. In addition, it was emphasized that this was a peaceful protest.

#BlackLivesMatter: Students Respond to Ferguson Verdict

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Beginning at 11AM today, students have gathered in Usdan to push back against the verdict of no indictment for Officer Darren Wilson given last night in Ferguson. Wilson shot and killed an unarmed Michael Brown months ago, leading to protests in Ferguson and across the country. Signs are being held and banners have been dropped in Usdan right before the campus leaves for Thanksgiving break tomorrow.

There have also been messages written around campus, including on Foss Hill and in front of Olin. More images of the movement in Usdan after the break.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Photo

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Via the brilliant Dreisen Heath ’15:

Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by a police officer on Saturday, August 9, in Ferguson, Missouri. Eyewitnesses say that when the last shots were fired, Brown had his hands up.

In honor and in solidarity with the late Michael Brown, we invite you to participate in a photographical moment that will capture the classic gesture of surrender to authority, which has now evolved into a defiant symbol across the nation.

To assure agency is properly given to the primary victims of unarmed violence and allies, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Don’t Shoot In My Name” are both two separate social media movements with different targeted groups of people, uniting under the same issue.