Solidarity to Student Protesters!

As long-time teen services library person as well as being someone who has participated in a number social movements protesting injustice over the years, I am in awe of the students on college grounds across the US standing up to protest the cruelty being meted out against a captive population of predominantly women and children in Gaza.

Armored police officers being unleashed on students that are participating in their constitutionally protected right to protest is bringing up memories of the actions of the police set loose on protesting students by the apartheid government in my home country of South Africa.

The “youth of today” get a lot of grief from people my age and older about how they have no oomph or are unwilling to stand up for anything or get involved in making the world a better place. Well after this current time of protest is over then I think anyone who says shit like that should shut up!

I have worked as a youth services and teen librarian for over 20 years now and the level of engagement and involvement young adults have shown in standing up for what they believe in over the years has always inspired me! The student newspapers are covering the protests on their campuses better than many of their national press colleagues – have a read below.

Links to US Student run College Newspaper articles about the Protests:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2024/4/23/harvard-mit-palestine-march

https://www.columbiaspectator.com/news/2024/04/24/policy-and-planning-committee-of-the-faculty-of-arts-and-sciences-condemns-outside-media-coverage-of-campus-protests

https://www.tuftsdaily.com/article/2024/04/editorial-moving-forward-from-tupd-misconduct

NYU Student Protest

Emerson College Student Encampment

https://www.dailycal.org/news/campus/uc-berkeley-students-establish-free-palestine-encampment-outside-sproul-hall/article_d3868ea8-00f5-11ef-82c7-0f1ae80fd478.html

Minnesota Faculty, students protests occur on Northrop Mall, at Coffman Union

https://www.dailylobo.com/multimedia/7a130f75-020a-49b0-b5a5-214bf5e2c163

https://www.studlife.com/news/2024/04/24/police-disband-pro-palestine-protest-and-encampment-during-alumni-weekend

https://dbknews.com/2024/04/24/umd-ceasefire-sit-in/

https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2024/04/princeton-news-adpol-gaza-solidarity-encampment-leaked-documents-national-review

https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2024/04/princeton-opinion-opguest-faculty-staff-solidarity-palestine-protestors-columbia-barnard-encampment

https://www.theeagleonline.com/article/2024/04/guest-column-do-not-silence-our-students-peaceful-assembly-is-their-right

https://www.browndailyherald.com/article/2024/04/paxson-reaffirms-appropriate-codes-of-conduct-as-browns-response-to-encampment

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2024/04/15/campus/activist-groups-seek-to-show-admitted-students-real-nu-with-protests-across-campus-for-divestment-support-for-palestinians/

https://www.dailylobo.com/multimedia/7a130f75-020a-49b0-b5a5-214bf5e2c163

https://www.campustimes.org/2024/04/24/%f0%9f%94%b4-gaza-solidarity-encampment-live-updates/

https://berkeleybeacon.com/developing-story-the-latest-on-2-boylston-place-popular-university-encampment/

https://dailybruin.com/2024/04/23/panel-discusses-solidarity-activism-at-palestinian-film-screening

https://www.psucollegian.com/news/campus/do-not-turn-away-from-palestine-popular-university-for-gaza-event-held-on-campus/article_d4d88f9c-03f0-11ef-83e5-3f6725e4e8cc.html

https://www.browndailyherald.com/article/2024/04/live-updates-students-hold-encampment-for-divestment-on-main-green

https://www.kansan.com/news/pro-palestinian-protesters-gather-at-fraser-hall/article_a7f03418-07c8-11ef-ba0d-f32537b77dec.html

https://www.browndailyherald.com/article/2024/04/live-updates-students-hold-encampment-for-divestment-on-main-green

https://www.thedp.com/article/2024/05/penn-larry-krasner-jamie-gauthier-visit-encampment

https://udreview.com/palestine-solidarity-walk-out-die-in-attracts-hundreds-of-protesters

Student Radio

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/wkcr-news-coverage-cuad-students-occupying-columbia#

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