Newark students walk out on November 4. (Credit: Stephanie Rivera)
1. As Eight Remain in Detention, Dream 30 Get Arrested on Capitol Hill
On September 30, a group of DREAMers and their parents who had lived in the US but were deported or self-deported decided to try to come back home to the US. We presented ourselves at the point of entry in Laredo, Texas, where we asked for humanitarian parole and filed asylum paperwork. After close to a month, sixteen of us were released. With a sense of frustration and pain, all sixteen of us drove to DC to ask our elected officials to intercede for our eight brothers and sisters who were still detained and risking deportation. Unfortunately, we were received with closed doors. Representative Gutierrez decided to withdraw support publicly, and many of us were arrested after going to different Congressional Hispanic Caucus members, all of whom are Latino Democrats, asking for help. We will keep fighting to bring our friends home.
—The DREAM 30
2. After Pub Beating, Binghamton Masses Against Racial Violence
Sparked by the August beating and assault of a black male named Kyle Lovett-Pitts at a local pub, Dillinger's, on November 1 150 Binghamton students came together for a Confronting Racism rally focused on racism, covert and overt, in downtown businesses. More than ten downtown businesses signed a Confronting Racism pledge written by community and student activists, and political figures like the Mayor of Binghamton came out to sign it. The crowd also demanded the owner of Dillinger's do the same, but was met with silence.
3. What’s Next at Brown?
The October 29 disruption of Ray Kelly's lecture at Brown University has generated national debate around power, privilege and free speech. Forming a picket-line outside the school's List Art building and flooding the auditorium, protesters raucously interrupted Kelly's lecture on "Progressive Policing in America's Biggest City" before he was able to utter a word. After thirty minutes of continuous disruption from the crowd and pleas of civility from the moderator, university administration was forced to cancel the event. Students had distributed a petition in the days leading up to the action condemning the school's Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions for sponsoring a talk by the architect of NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and Muslim surveillance tactics. Students also demanded the revocation of Kelly's honorarium and its redirection to community groups fighting local anti-police violence struggles in Rhode Island, such as PrYSM. Now, the university’s disciplinary response is grounds for further struggle.