Seven Students Against Peabody protesters have been released after being arrested at the group’s final planned protest Friday morning. The students were arrested and charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace after attempting to cross a police line blocking entrance to the Knight Center.
Even though the protests against Peabody Energy ended last week without achieving any of the protesters’ initially expressed goals, I think the sit-in was one of the best things to have happened to the school during my four years here at Washington University.
Apparently the students at Washington University involved in the protests against Peabody Coal feel that the best way to air their grievances is to shut down any voice with which they disagree by walking out of meetings, demonizating their opponents or having them kicked off boards and the University campus.
As alumni, we write to express our support for the student movement demanding that Washington University break ties with Peabody Energy. Despite a dirty reputation of social injustice and scientific misrepresentation, our alma mater continues to propagate the myth of clean coal and Peabody’s CEO Greg Boyce continues to sit on the University’s board of trustees.
The Brookings Archway sit-in against Peabody Energy is nearly a week old, and though the protest’s organizers have had their demands rebuffed by Chancellor Mark Wrighton in a meeting Saturday morning, the sit-in doesn’t show any times of ending soon.
Cradling bowls of homemade chili in their laps as the sun set behind Ridgley Hall, about two dozen students seated in a circle took turns explaining why they were fighting to dissolve Washington University’s ties with Peabody Energy.
Controversy erupted today when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and student protesters called for Washington University to remove its offensive bear mascot. Protesters marched around the bear statue (yes, it exists) outside the Athletic Complex, encouraging the school to “bear down,” and voiced their displeasure toward the athletic department.
Coughing dramatically and falling to the ground in front of a business school information session, around 35 Washington University students joined a national protest against Bank of America last week.
On Sunday, 57 Washington University students bussed to Washington D.C. and joined thousands of other U.S. citizens urging political leaders to take a stand on environmental issues. The “Forward on Climate Rally,” organized by the Sierra Club, 350.
On Oct. 23, CBS News released a series of emails issued by the State Department in the hours after the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.