Thursday, December 18, 2008

Restricting our space

The Police have told us that we cannot leave the room. Thus no bathrooms. There are quite a few of us here. We have lawyers filing injunctions concerning this restriction of our human rights as we speak.

In solidarity,
The New York Schools in Exile

20 comments:

  1. It is horrible, to endorse the chasing of a 65 Year Old man with one and a half legs down the street.

    Take a cue and learn how to protest peacefully.

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  2. get over it. it is horrible to murder vietnamese children too, ya feel me?

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  3. This is when the administration should send in double chai lattes with a hint of diuretic in them.

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  4. So, do you stoop to an ethical low like he may have? Or do you choose the higher road and protest peacefully like you started out? Keeping your objectives in focus...

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  5. Agreed Rishi - you have to be very careful with how the media picks up all of this. You need more than a few dozen people with no bathrooms to further your cause.

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  6. i'd like you to acknowledge that Gimbel Library is something and Fogelman isn't everything...........

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  7. js632- I do not think that we are entitled to practice vigilante justice against him for ANY crime that he has committed. If he did murder people, or even if he just ran the university badly, then he should be given a fair trial, not threatened and intimidated outside of his home by an angry mob.

    This has nothing to do with our cause. The goal is to save the New School, and after everyone has spent so much time and effort supporting you, you yourselves have become GREEDY and VIOLENT with power. Stick with your proposed objectives. Don't let the power go to your heads. LEAVE THE POOR MAN ALONE.

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  8. i don't go to new school, but that's besides the point. confrontation and "vigilante justice" are not the same thing.

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  9. A violent mob chasing someone is not justified even if that person is a war criminal. That is why we have the rule of law. If you violently "confront" someone because of a crime you think they commited, that is by definition vigilante justice!!!

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  10. Send the police bottles of your urine and bags of feces. Mmm.

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  11. I agree with kate, things need to be accomplished fairly.

    I can understand the need to protest, and it is quite fair, but honestly, is chasing people down the street or straying from your intended objectives helping anyone? Yourself, the school, the students, or even Kerrey?

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  12. Gee kate, when did the "mob" become "violent?" Hurling a few insults and chasing some dumb bastard isn't violence. Knowing what the pigs are capable of and can get away with and depending how this goes down, he might've gotten the good part of the deal.

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  13. It is the threat of violence. It is physical intimidation. It is certainly not NOT violence. And invading someone's living space,even if they're just standing outside on the street... You've got him locked in their like a prisoner in a cell. Poor guy can't even run to the bodega for so smokes. God knows if that happened to me, I'd consider it violent. Holding a gun to someone's head is pretty violent, even if you don't actually pull the trigger. Threats of violence or pursuing someone such that they feel threatened like that is violent!

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  14. Stay resilient. To those still inside, Thank you for your enduring commitment to a worthwhile, just cause.

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  15. Wait. The protesters are keeping this guy locked in his house?

    Does he have a toilet? Does he have food?

    Yes?

    Well, then I guess he's better off than the protesters.

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  16. Exactly. There has been a great bit of sanctimonious blather concerning the ethics of this from both sides. But the bottom line is that the police and security guards can be seen strangling a student [ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQUyTAEnQso&eurl=http://www.newschoolinexile.com/ ], while there is no confirmation one way or the other regarding the idea (which spread in a disturbing and moblike fashion) that Kerrey was physically intimidated. He wasn't touched. You do the moral math.

    No, he should not be hurt or intimidated. No, he doesn't own the street outside his brownstone, though he might like to. And no, confessed murderers don't deserve peace, and a group of yelling people can hardly be called justice enough.

    ~Hortense Caruthers

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  17. if he didn't wanna get chased, he shouldn't have run. why run from your own students? if he wants to be all paternalistic, why doesn't he act paternally and stroll along with his kids on a nice winter night?

    these issues are all personal as well as political. they affect the people of Iraq, they affect the students, they affect the staff and faculty. and they all bring these issues home with them at night. why does Kerrey get to go home and forget about all the horrible things he does? a little rowdiness is NOT that traumatic, and if he's so sensitive then he's probably in the wrong line of work. get the fuck over it and start listening to the people who pay your fucking salary.

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