Yesterday at lunch, there was a student protest that was declared to be a “response to the Sean Bell verdict, its public reception, and its relation to past racist events that have occurred on campus with Public Safety, Middletown Police, the Ride, and the student body.”
Are you angry about yesterday’s protest and frustrated you couldn’t walk up the stairs easily to get lunch? Furious at our so-called justice system for acquitting murderers? In support of police relying on their own judgement no matter what? Do you think the Sean Bell verdict has racist implications that extend beyond itself and even to the Wesleyan campus?
Regardless of the views or opinions that you have, Stephanie Quainoo ’10 invites you to attend a forum being held to “discuss the issues of the case, the reactions to the protest and to answer any questions regarding those events on campus cited on the platform of the protesters. This is important as we would like all members of the student body to come together to engage each other in a constructive dialogue that will allow us to build a safe community at Wesleyan through much-needed debate and discourse.”
When: Tonight, Tuesday May 6, at 7 pm
Where: Fauver Frosh Lounge
Yum: Food and refreshments will be provided.
For those of you who haven’t heard, there has been tremendous controversy surrounding the recent acquittal of the three cops involved in the death of Sean Bell, an innocent black man who was to be married the next day – read the NYTimes summary of the events to get caught up. The incident has been labeled an act of police brutality and an act of racism by many activists.
Stephanie Quainoo ’10 sends us some info about a Wesleyan student reaction, to take place tomorrow during lunchtime:
On Monday, May 5, 2008 at 12 pm we will be taking a course of action in response to the Sean Bell verdict, its public reception, and its relation to past racist events that have occurred on campus with Public Safety, Middletown Police, the Ride, and the student body. This event will occur at Usdan and we encourage everyone to participate! We need people to help put up fliers, hand out info cards and most importantly, filling up the main staircase to the Marketplace at noon! After our protest at Usdan, we will be marching to the Public Safety office to bring attention to our demands. Your physical presence is paramount to our success, so if you are interested, please wear all black and join us tomorrow!
If you have any questions, join the facebook group here (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17019604531) and message one of the admins.
What: Student reaction to the acquittal of the cops who killed Sean Bell
When: Monday (TODAY) at noon