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(en) US, Day 4 Macalester (MN) Occupation

From Eric Stiens <estiens@macalester.edu>
Date Fri, 10 Mar 2000 08:36:28 -0500


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DAY 4 Macalester College Occupation

	It is day 4 of the student occupation of Macalester's administration 
building.  Students began the sit-in last Monday in protest of President 
McPherson's refusal to withdraw from the Fair Labor Association (FLA).  The 
number of participants is currently fluctuating between 20 and 50, with 
approximately 25 students sitting-in throughout the night.
	Today there was an educational action on campus to show our solidarity with 
protestors at Johns Hopkins, UNAM, and other student occupation sites around 
the world.
	Large shipments of food have been donated to the sit-in by local 
organizations.  Several professors have held class within the occupied zone, 
and we are currently planning an all-campus dance party to be held tomorrow 
night (Friday) from 10:30pm until morning.  We currently have secured five 
DJs and plan to hold the administration to their promise of not calling the 
police on a non-violent student occupation.
	We have also created a kind of "mock-sweatshop" inside building and are 
sewing a massive banner that will read: Macalester's Administration Supports 
Sweatshops.  After each word of the phrase is complete, an action will take 
place on campus.

The Students Will Not Leave the Building until the Following Demands are 
Met:

1--The immediate and unequivocal withdrawal of Macalester College from the
Fair Labor Association.
2--The adoption of the Code of Conduct put together by Macalester's Student 
Labor Action Coalition (SLAC) as a draft for the college.  This draft will 
be further worked on and finalized in the near future with significant input 
from SLAC and other student organizations.
3--There will be no disciplinary action taken against any student involved 
in the occupation.

	The students are engaged in non-violent protest.  They are building a free 
speech zone where students, faculty, and staff can come together to make 
their voices heard.  The administration has stated that they will not call 
the police and that students, supporters, and the media are free to come and 
go.  The students welcome the entire Macalester College community and 
supporters from the larger community to the Weyerhauser building to create 
an open dialogue.

*Please send letters of support to our campus newspaper: 
macweekly@macalester.edu*

*Please send letters to the President at mcpherson@macalester.edu urging
him to withdraw from the corporate whitewhise that is the FLA immediately!*

*Please drop by if you are in the area to hang out!*

DANCE PARTY: Friday night 10:30pm until dawn.
Occupation Strategy Sessions: nightly at 7:00 in the liberated zone.

Contact Person: Daisy Pitkin 651/647-1383 daisypitkin@hotmail.com
Contact Person Inside Occupation: Joe Lawton 202/262-1063 (cell)

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Eric Stiens  	(estiens@macalester.edu)
http://www.macalester.edu/~estiens   
ICQ thingy: 9519651   AIM thingy: silverelf210

If our colleges and universities do not breed [wo]men who riot, who
rebel, who attack life with all the youthful vision and vigor, then there is
something wrong with our colleges.  The more riots that come on college
campuses, the better world for tomorrow.
--William Allen White--



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