Thursday, April 17, 2008

Defend the Rutgers 3

As you can read in a post below, a few weeks ago a number of student organizations came together to have a WalkOut against the war and Rutgers complicity in the war through investments in war profiteering corporations.

The Walk Out was organized through a coalition, and there was no central contact person. However, a few days ago three coalition members received summons
They are all being charged with Disorderly Conduct, a "violation" according to New Jersey state law (equivalent to a "misdemeanor"). If convicted, they could face up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a record of an "offense" that would take several years to expunge. The complaint states, "Did engage in conduct which caused a physically dangerous or hazardous condition, specifically by organizing and participating in a protest march onto Route 18 disrupting traffic in violation of N.J.S. 2c: 33-2A(2)

Two of the people who received the summons were very active in the organizing process, but the third was an unaffiliated who simply came to the walk out. The two had spoken with police and were in fact responsible enough to ensure that we had police protection and were acting responsibly. Figure it would come back to hurt them.

The third student is a graduating senior who really doesn't have time for this.

Many colleges would try to make a "thing" out of this. That is not our point, we just want to get the charges dropped so that we can get on with our activism.

Prayers for these three students and the rest of the Rutgers Anti-War Walk Out Coalition.

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