WWL-TV Video Shows Police Brutality and Innocence of Arrestees

This shocking video by WWL TV shows the police brutality at UNO today, and the innocence of the 2 people arrested while protesting the budget cuts.

If you were an eyewitness to any arrests, or have any video or photos of what happened, GET IN TOUCH WITH US so we can put you in touch with the lawyers!

The statements by Chief Harrington in the videos below contradict the above video evidence, and proves the police chief was lying. Perhaps when he complains about students “not following the agreement” he shouldn’t be lying through his teeth at the same time?

#1) WDSU raw footage of arrest of maced student and the UNO Chief of Police’s buffoonish dramatics. He claims he was brutalized by the non-resisting student, and that this resulted in a twisted leg.  He is finally taken out on a stretcher.  Fortunately, the previous WWL footage shows what really happened.
#2) From WGNO: The UNO Chief of police claims that “he was punched by a protestor and then dragged down a flight of stairs.”  (see WWL video above of him walking down the stairs after collaring a student). The Chief says he “knows who’s behind this protest.” Don’t count on the Chief knowing how to deal with the chiefless.  Here’s the WGNO report:

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51 Responses to WWL-TV Video Shows Police Brutality and Innocence of Arrestees

  1. Beth says:

    It shows an arrest, not brutality. That’s what an arrest looks like when someone resists, as this man appears to be doing. If police decide to take you into custody, they don’t just let you go and say, “Oops, our bad” if you twist and try to get out of their grip.

    If yours is an anarchist agenda, you should be honest about that while calling for UNO students to join in your actions. Be transparent, and explain that your position is that law enforcement has no authority, and thus you invite physical confrontation with them. If you claim to protest using MLK’s principles of civil disobedience, then you must accept the role of law enforcement, and either cooperate with them or go limp and passively resist. Either way, you should identify your position openly. Claiming to be a peaceful movement, then resisting arrest and crying brutality is dishonest.

  2. Beth says:

    I need to add this: it’s very possible the police overreacted in spraying this man with pepper spray. That’s not shown on this film, so I have no way to evaluate their actions objectively. My point is to ask you to clarify, if not for me, then for yourself in future actions, what your approach is meant to achieve. If you believe that breaking the law or disobeying police instructions is important for getting your issues taken seriously, then you have to take the consequences. I seriously doubt that there’s not at least a little celebrating in your ranks today when you see images of young men being put into police cars on the news. I tend to suspect that this was very much a desired outcome. But if it was not, then you need to do some educating on how to avoid it happening again. Surrounding the police and shouting at them, pushing past them in hallways and stairwells, ensures someone is going to be arrested. Own that if that’s what you want.

    • WWAHD says:

      Other than the incredibly false spin that’s being put on the situation I don’t understand why people are saying that the protesters were the ones who got out of hand. I went to the demonstration out of curiosity, and no one that I came in contact with or heard speak anywhere in my vicinity demonstrated by word or action a fuck-the-police mentality. It was a group of people frustrated with a frustrating situation who attempted to make themselves seen and heard , which, the last time I checked, was not only legal but one of our basic rights.

      No one “invited physical confrontation”. This video shows what happened AFTER he was maced. I was directly behind him when it actually went down and he had done NOTHING. He was walking towards the exit and pulled out his phone when the cop directly behind me shoved past me, yelling at the three cops in front of me to get him. They tackled him to the ground, maced and hit him. When I tried to extricate myself (they’d blocked me into a corner when they surrounded him) the cop closest to me shoved his mace in my face and told me to get the fuck out before I got sprayed. Gideon (the guy who got maced) and I had done absolutely nothing more than walk through a building. The video you saw happened after he had already been maced and beaten. (And yes he was “beaten”. I’m in touch with his girlfriend who informed me a few hours ago that they were taking him to the hospital with multiple bruises and lacerations.)

      “Surrounding the police and shouting at them, pushing past them in hallways and stairwells” was not what instigated the situation at all. Those things, however appropriate they may or may not be, did not occur until AFTER campus police attacked this guy. And, I’m sorry, but when you see a guy get tackled, maced and beaten by police officers when he’d done NOTHING wrong, it’s a little hard to remain calm and use your inside voice.

      • Chris says:

        If you have any video regarding this or know anybody that does, please let “Gideon” know. He is currently looking for a video showing them attacking him. Please get the word out.

  3. Beth says:

    The organizers who led the protest into the Admin building bear some responsibility for what happened to Gideon. Once they left the planned route, and brought a crowd of protestors into a building, there was no longer a presumption of peaceful protest. That’s a typical anarchist tactic – keep no accords, follow no agreements, and make it someone else’s job to accommodate you. I’ve already said I know it’s possible the police overreacted, but you gave them the kind of situation that creates those responses. Stick to the route you agreed to with the campus cops, and the provost, and no one’s at the hospital.

    • StudentUNO says:

      The organizers did not “lead” the crowd anywhere, and to deny the agency of those students who were so pissed about the budget cuts that they decided to march through the building is really condescending to all of us.
      People were very angry about the cuts at the speak out in the Quad, and were not content with speaking out to each other and feeling like those in power are not listening to them. I felt the same way, so I followed the crowd into the building.
      I wanted to walk through the building on our way to the amphitheater, chant a little inside to show those in power how frustrated we all are, and then head out the other side of the building to the amphitheater to speak out, having relieved some of that frustrated and angry sentiment that was palpable about the budget cuts when people were speaking out on the Quad.
      We are all sick of these cuts, and speaking to each other while those in power go about their business as usual of cutbacks felt like it wasn’t enough to me and to everyone else in that crowd, and we felt powerful and happy and unifed and strong when we were chanting and walking through the admin building. we were having fun. then the cops went absolutely crazy after the chief twisted his ankle while dragging that kid down the stairs in a headlock (I was right there, I saw this happen). The chief told his officers “clear the hallway” and instead of them using their voices to tell people to move out of the building (which they were trying to do anyway (there were hundreds of people, it takes a few minutes for a crowd that size to move though a hallway)) they extended their metal batons and started hitting people and screaming in an out of control manner. then they hit that kid and he tried to take out his phone to photograph this brutality, they yelled “he’s got a camera” and 4 OFFICERS started hitting him with batons. he threw his phone in the air and i caught it just as i turned around before it flew into my head. i then saw the dude put his hands over his head and crouch against the wall as these 4 officers swung their batons like baseball bats rapidly hitting him over and over as he crouched lower and lower against the wall. it was disgusting. i was shocked, i couldn’t believe it. i yelled at them to stop. then i left the building like we were trying to do the whole time before the cops went crazy and started beating people and escalated the situation. they are obviously untrained in proper crowd control techniques, the difference between them and NOPD (who are good at crowd control and de-escalation because of mardi gras) was HUGE. they were out of control.
      the blame for people being at the hospital lies with the police who over-reacted, not the students who are fed up with the budget cuts and trying to stop the dismantling of UNO.

    • Not an anarchist says:

      To Beth:
      Either you are the police chief or one of his moron underlings pretending to be a student, or it is you who are a moron. Now you’re not alone, the majority of ignorant Americans actually believe that cops are here to protect and serve the public, and that freedom of speech exists for everyone. Well, keep up the illusion to make yourself feel better. I’ll leave it at that, because I have learned that it is nearly pointless to argue with someone as un-intelligent as yourself. However, I did find it amusing that when pretending to know what “anarchists” do you said “That’s a typical anarchist tactic – keep no accords, follow no agreements, and make it someone else’s job to accommodate you”. It’s funny because it is exactly those things that this murderous police state does: it keeps no accord with citizens, let alone with people abroad, they follow no agreements (starting from breaking every single treaty with native americans, and they make it our job to accommodate for their fuck ups and wars. THEY are the lawless, they are the aggressors, and THEY have the license to kill… issued by THEM…. so who’s side will you be on when it is you who gets picked out to be made an example out of???
      Ignorance may be bliss, but it is not innocence.

  4. stfu lisbeth says:

    Lisbeth stfu. Nobody wants to read your ceaseless embittered negativity about every single fucking action that takes place in metro new orleans. You kvetch and cry on twitter, on facebook, on the gambit blog, and now on here. Give it up! I’m sorry an anarchist broke your heart back in the very very distant past but you need to get over yourself and focus on taking action you believe in rather than just being a constant moaning crying internet presence, a wailing one-note ghost who shows up to decry “irresponsible activists” any time anyone steps out of line to confront power. Get a life and quit trolling.

  5. In the end, it boils down to the simple fact that the police were even there. In fact, Chancellor Ryan should have joined the students in the protest, since it is his university that is being strangled by these budget cuts from the state legislature. Ryan’s response, however, to all the budget cuts, has been to control and contain the reactions on campus. In other words, he is the lackey-boy of Baton Rouge.
    He’s been Chancellor for 8 years and never been reviewed. It’s time for him to go. Please spread the word. http://unointrouble.blogspot.com/

  6. k says:

    I was at the front of the the students that walked through the administration building. Over 100 students joined the walk out and I have no idea what “agreements” concerning a route that the few occupiers may or may not have made with Chief Harrington were. The huge group of students students started saying, “let’s go through the administration building!” Which we did, as is our right as UNO students. This was a group decision, not something orchestrated by the people who organized the occupation earlier in the day.

  7. k says:

    Also, since I was towards the front, I did not see what happened in the back where protesters were beat by police officers, but it seems to me that the police were telling the students on either end of the crowd to go in opposite directions.

    • UNOisSinking says:

      yup! that is what happened. the cops were totally dis-organized and unprofessional and thought they could just scream louder and hit people and that would make up for the fact that they had no idea what they were doing and that they were telling people to do contradictory things.
      those goons have more weapons than brains! Disarm UNO PD!!!!

  8. Beth says:

    Trolling is not posting a position with which others disagree; it’s changing the subject and taking over a thread. I’m not trolling. I do disagree with anarchismm, and I’m also deeply worried about the fate of UNO. Anarcho fantasies aren’t going to help, but student activism will. There’s a vast world of activism, and I will continue to critique and challenge the problems with anarchist fantasies that threaten to derail any realistic, positive action for UNO.

    Why does my stating my opinion cause you such a problem? You’ve got a little tyrannical streak with that “stfu” attitude. That’s not much of a recommendation for your worldview.

    • Eric says:

      So what’s your solution? Petition? Go in designated areas to preach to the choir? Move in every direction that the establishment knows you’ll behave and not disrupt anything? I’m also guessing that you think the civil rights movement has been the greatest success in this country?

      • Beth says:

        Are you saying the civil rights movement is not among the greatest successes in the U.S.? Your privilege is showing. I

        The state won’t stop cutting healthcare and higher ed until lawmakers restore a progressive tax plan; the conservatives in Baton Rouge dumped the Stelly tax plan in Jindal’s first session as governor. They simultaneously went on a spending spree with the surplus we’d built from recovery funds and taxes. They live in a reaganesque fantasy land where you can spend without creating wealth. Now Jindal can run for President or vice president, or perhaps Senate and tour the country on a platform of “I cut taxes and reined in those liberal elite intellectuals in the public slush fund colleges. ”

        Until we vote in people who don’t blindly buy that formula we will be fighting. That means persuading the public. Like it or not, that is how laws get made. Public protest absolutely matters. It’s a fiction to call peaceful protest “preaching to the choir.” When will students go to Baton Rouge? Mass on the Capitol lawn; you don’t think that will make an impression on the people of the state?

        I also agree that we need a stronger appeal from Ryan, but that will only happen if all the LSU system heads speak out together. Otherwise, the snakes in the capitol will take retribution on any lone chancellor. The first thing they need to do is unify and refuse to go along with any further budget “exercises” demanded by Jindal’s office.

  9. beth=ryan says:

    beth the wet blanket, tim ryan, and the police are all saying the same thing: go to baton rouge.
    THE CUTS ARE HAPPENING HERE. The goal we need to be fighting for is not just more funding, but for US TO CONTROL THE UNIVERSITY OURSELVES so we are not subject to cuts made at the whim of politicians in baton rouge.

    and besides WE DON’T HAVE TO BE IN BATON ROUGE FOR BATON ROUGE TO HEAR US. They heard about this protest, they read about it in the baton rouge paper today, saw it on the news there, etc… PLUS, we are TOO POOR to be able to go up to baton rouge all the time to protest, we have JOBS and BILLS TO PAY.

    OCCUPATION GIVES US A VOICE!
    OCCUPY! OCCUPY! OCCUPY!

    • Anonymous says:

      The budgets are being cut at UNO because the state is giving us less money. That’s why everyone is saying go to Baton Rouge. However, no one seems to notice that the state is cutting back because the federal government is giving them less money as well.

      These budget cuts are a small symptom of a much larger illness. The entire system is corrupt. It’s like a quick-spreading cancer that has taken over our country. We need to take it out at it’s source, rather than treating individual symptoms. We need to march on Washington (not just UNO, but everyone in this country) to reform the entire system of government.

      Unfortunately, that’s just not convenient. It’s too difficult to change. Every one has excuses. They don’t realize that it will be far more difficult and worse in the long run. (Really, it already has. We’ve been letting this cancer, the corruption in our governments, run free for quite some time.)

      • beth=ryan says:

        Or, we could just take back control of the places we live in FROM washington and all those down the line (in Baton Rouge, in UNO’s Administration) who carry out the cancerous policies you speak of in exchange for being given their very own positions of petty tyranny.

        OCCUPY. Take it all back!

  10. Anonymous says:

    We can’t stomach a far-away “war” overseas. You think people of the United States could stomach another civil war? If you try to forcibly take things back, that’s what it’ll come to. And some people will side with the government, just because they want some semblance of peace.

    • beth=ryan says:

      who is talking about civil war? i am talking about taking back the decisions made about UNO from the politicians in Baton Rouge. We’ll see what happens after that, so just hold your horses there, buddy.
      It’s like watching someone invent the first gun and you immediately saying to them “You think people can stomach nuclear war?”

      • WWAHD says:

        Talking about the possibility of a civil war may be premature, but it’s not at all far-fetched. The entire system is so incredibly flawed and there is so much unrest that an explosion of tensions seems almost inevitable. There are people like you who want to demand and “take back control”. There are people who violently oppose the very idea of people like you. There are people who, while they may disagree with the way our government and institutions are being run, will refuse to actively oppose either the government or those institutions out of fear of even the possibility of something like civil war. There are people who don’t want the system changed at all. And the tensions between all these groups of people, and others, are such that the slightest upheaval in the balancing act we’re all performing could potentially be the catalyst that causes the entire thing to implode.

        I’m not saying that the answer is to do nothing. I’m just saying that every action we take, no matter how preliminary we may consider it to be, is going to have consequences down the line. And not preparing ourselves for ALL the potential consequences (even the “negative” ones) weakens our ability to make effective decisions. The mentality of only worrying about the immediate effects of our decisions and leaving any future consequences to the next generation is part of the problem.

        I personally believe that an explosion of tensions IS inevitable. We are in desperate need of an entire restructuring of our systems. But I also believe that we, despite our unrest and despite our anger, still have an obligation to conduct ourselves with civility and open-mindedness. Because if we let our anger get the best of us we are only going to fuel the situation in a negative direction, and what we need right now is to salvage whatever civility, compassion and open-mindedness we can from the situation.

        As situations like this protest have demonstrated, those in authority see those of us who want to see some change as threats and they bring violence, disrespect and narrow minds to the table. It is our responsibility to react to that violence with clear heads and, as Beth has said, a clear plan. While I have certainly not agreed with every comment Beth has made here, I do agree that we need to start looking beyond the fact of mere change, and we need to come up with possible solutions to bring to the table.

  11. Beth says:

    You want to “control the university”? Why didn’t you just say so? That should solve everything. And here I was, not taking you seriously. I’m sorry to have been such a bummer. I didn’t know you had, like, a serious plan, man.

  12. k says:

    this is really constructive.

  13. Anonymous says:

    We’re talking politics and change here. You have to look ahead. Taking back things, like the University, could get a little violent. Even if it doesn’t, you’re opposing the government. You’re not just saying we need change, you’re saying we don’t need you at all. (That may not be entirely anarchist, necessarily, because you could have some sort of council or student government sort of thing.) The government is far too controlling to let that go. They’ll come in and take it back and that will definitely escalate to violence.

    • beth=ryan says:

      We’re saying we don’t need you *as long as you continue to treat us like dirt*, which means that those in power will have to make concessions to remain in power. This ENTIRE city supports UNO, alumni fill the halls of every occupation in town, them bringing violence down on us for demanding they no longer treat us like dirt would ensure they were kicked out of office, if not a full scale citywide upswell of protest and anger.

      What we are saying is that until the people who are effected by decisions have a say in how they are made, essentially until we have a democratic university, these cuts will still be a threat. But that doesn’t mean those in power can’t ameliorate some of the anger on campus by providing concessions, which I expect they will begin doing as this campaign continues. You are only looking at the negative, and not the positive possible outcomes. Why is that? If you are scared, that’s fine. We all are. If you have some other motive, like trying to dampen the passion others have for trying to change things, do you work for the Board of Regents or something?
      “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Ghandi

      • A Random Person says:

        I’m not saying you shouldn’t protest. I’m saying that you should think ahead. And I’m pointing out that the problem is much bigger than you think. The problem isn’t the budget cuts. It’s the entire system of government as a whole. You have to have a LOT of support behind you and work in big ways. I think it would be great if you could take control of New Orleans, or at least the University, and keep it. But the state and federal government have quite a lot of power. They have policemen and armies and such behind them. You’d have to keep expanding, if you could even survive.

  14. Reoccupied says:

    Summer break is over… all solidarity to a new semester of class struggle!

    The antiauthoritarian student movement at the New School sends our solidarity to the students fighting for control over their material conditions at UNO. Yesterday’s action was an exciting development in your struggle against the administrators, police, and reactionary leftists, one that we eagerly await to support as it blossoms.

  15. Beth says:

    “them bringing violence down on us for demanding they no longer treat us like dirt would ensure they were kicked out of office”

    That’s the source of my opposition – and it’s not fully opposition, but critique. I oppose your tactics, not the purpose of creating a more effective, less passive response to Jindal’s assault on higher ed. It’s apparent that a violent reaction serve your strategy, so I expect you will act in ways to get that reaction from the UNO administration. Until you articulate a plan for what you want, I also have no reason to be positive about “change” when that “change” is so undefined. In addition, you rely on ad hominem arguments against anyone who questions you, so that raises doubts about your credibility. That you express more enthusiasm for the tactics than you express any specific desired outcomes, indicates your investment is in your movement, not UNO.

    • beth=ryan says:

      the quoted part of the statement was to explain why they WON’T do that.

      Since you “oppose” our tactics (how about opposing the budget cuts instead!) what do you propose? And why will it work?

      What we want is clear: and end to the cuts, an end to corruption by administration and Regents, more accessible higher education for all, and a democratic university. See also”: A brief list of impossible demands” link on the front page. The fact that you say it is undefined still shows you are not interested in what we want, but only in stopping us by disparaging our struggle. That is why you are just like Ryan.

      You are pathetic. Fight the cuts, organize, take action, or quit complaining!

  16. Beth says:

    “While I have certainly not agreed with every comment Beth has made here,”

    I don’t even agree with every comment/question I’ve made here – I’m engaging in dialogue, and that always results in my learning something.

    • WWAHD says:

      I agree. I said that to illustrate my point. While I may not agree with everything you’ve said here, it’s more important to engage in dialog despite disagreements than to let the fact that some of your comments might have rubbed me the wrong way cause me to become uncivil or to outright dismiss all of your opinions.

  17. Beth says:

    I oppose what I recognize as stereotypical rules for radicals tactics. You practically quote from the text in every post. Your “Beth-Ryan” tag is straight out of the script.

    I oppose the budget cuts, as you do. The only thing that will end those is to restore a sensible tax structure, as we had with the Stelly plan. The second necessary condition is a constitutional amendment removing the protections on everything other than Higher Ed and Health Care, so cuts can be spread evenly. There’s no one path to making that happen, but Louisiana voters have to be on board with it. They’re not going to get there through your tactics. They’ll run the other way. If you don’t know that, you aren’t aware of Louisiana politics. That’s why I suspect that for you, it’s the movement that matters, not UNO.

    I have read your site. It’s vague and relies on abstracts. What would constitute “more accessible higher education” in the state? We have TOPS, and we have far too many universities already. Are you opposed to selective admissions?

    I’m on board with ending corruption in the administration and BoR. I’d like to know what corruption in particular you have identified at UNO. And I’d like to know what a more democratic university would look like. Right now, students have a voice through the Student Government, faculty have a voice through the faculty Senate, and staff have the Staff Council. The SG doesn’t strike me as very active or engaged – the president never attends the Senate meetings, for example – but the Senate and Council are active.

    I don’t disparage your tactics, I disavow them. I believe they are ineffective, and while they might gain some short-term publicity, will have more negative than positive overall outcomes.

  18. beth=ryan says:

    I’ve never read Rule For Radicals. Try again smear-monger! Fight the cuts not each other.

    I think if you knew the “one right way” to end the cuts they’d be ended by now. Obviously since they are still happening, perhaps your ideas haven’t worked? Or do you think that if everyone drops whatever they are doing and helps you and listens to your “one right way” of tax re-structuring, etc… that it will work?
    Since you can’t get enough people to try your “one right way” you spend all your time attacking others. Maybe you’re the one that doesn’t understand Louisiana politics, since there obviously is no mass movement around your absolutely *genius* ideas. We are much more jaded than you. We don’t trust politicians to listen to us. We know they only listen to MONEY, and we don’t have very much. Maybe that’s why there is no Beth-led mass movement for a change in tax law?

    Everything we do to stop the cuts helps put more pressure on Baton Rouge, so stop attacking the people who you are supposedly on the same side as, and fight the cuts! If you keep just attacking other people’s actions instead of taking your own, you will never get anywhere except more bitter and alone.

  19. Linda T. says:

    Beth, why do you continue to blame these students for nothing changing instead of blaming the people in power? Is it because it’s easier for you to blame and attack the powerless than the powerful? Is it because these people are kind enough to listen to you and respond, while the people in power just ignore you?

    • A Random Person says:

      The people in power should be changing things, yes. However, when they do not, it is not only our right but our DUTY to force them too. When we do not effectively force good, productive change, we are to blame just as much if not more than those idiots in the capitols are.

      • Gina MF Pea says:

        This is just dumb. Isn’t it our ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS duties to serve the public interest? Whose “duty” trumps the other’s?

        I resent the statement that we, you know, normal people, are in anyway responsible for dismantling oppressive power structures that were designed and are maintained by our teeny, tiny ruling class. That is THEIR mess, it should be THEIR responsibility.

        But, since they obvi don’t give a fuck about “equality,” or “justice,” or “decency,” we don’t really have any other choice but, to hold the powers that be accountable for their selfish ways if we want to see any change in our lives or in our world. That’s not our duty, it’s our only goddamn option.

  20. Beth says:

    Why would you believe reading Rules for Radicals is a smear? It’s a common text and most academics are familiar with it. Your rhetoric is right out of it, whether you’ve read it or not.

    I accept that in your kindness you will continue to mischaracterize and personalize rather than engage. That’s exactly the kind of tactic I oppose, so thanks for illustrating it so well. I won’t be joining marches that aim only to disrupt the work and study on our own campus. I’ll join any march on Baton Rouge, and any peaceful march such as the Save UNO action last year, that respects the work and rights of all people here on campus. I’ll continue to advocate for restoring the Stelly plan, in any public and private forum I can find, with everyone I have access to, and make the case for the importance of UNO to this community. I do that as well to “those in power” through the faculty Senate, through public meetings, through letters and community actions, and other forums.

    I agree we have to do more, and more people have to become involved.

    • beth=ryan says:

      that’s fine. we need it all. i just don’t understand why you insist on disparaging others who are trying to get to the same goal as you.

      we are just more jaded than you, maybe we are from a new era, but we have no faith in this system to stop stealing from us unless we force it to by disrupting the smooth functioning of it’s machinery.

      “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
      -Frederick Douglass

  21. SDS says:

    Solidarity from SDS, great work and don’t mind the haters.

    If y’all wanna write up a reportback, we’ll post it up on our website, get in touch at students4democraticsociety@gmail.com if you want.

  22. Beth says:

    It’s not my purpose to disparage. I note that you turn to personal attacks quickly, and maybe you’re unaware or don’t see that as disparaging. Let’s leave that behind.

    My purpose is to engage with people who I think have goals that at least overlap with mine. I sincerely am concerned that the tactics of occupation will not only not do anything to change the budget situation for UNO, but will actually set us back. I base those concerns on observing those tactics fail in other situations, historically. Making that observation is not meant to disparage – I hope you can take that in good faith. I’m also less invested in taking aim at Ryan because I know there’s no one better who’ll take that position, and that he’s not acting any differently than the other chancellors in the LSU system. They need both to be pressured to act together to challenge Jindal’s office, and to be supported if they do. A walkout coordinated across state campuses would direct news media and citizens’ attention at the legislators and Jindal, and would be more effective than one that just disrupts the local campus. You may disagree, but it’s worthwhile to talk about.

    • eek says:

      A statewide walkout would be awesome. These actions have definitely provided some inspiration to jump start organizing across the state and on UNO’s campus.
      Tactics will not set us back as long as people agree with the goals: look at when the US went to war against al-qaeda: tactics included murder, torture, and invasion of afghanistan. the public supported it all because they supported destroying al-qaeda. Alternately, look at the unconstitutional Arizona immigration law, it has wide support even though it is unconstitutional because many white Arizonans want non-whites to get out of Arizona. People don’t care that much about tactics if they agree with the goal. That is a well documented historical fact. And in this struggle, there is a lot of support for keeping higher education and for saving UNO. That is why, after these “controversial” actions, people from around the city are stepping up to support the students at UNO. Look at the comments on nola.com, usually full of racism, hate, and trolling. Many were supportive. And we’ve gotten offers of support and help and new people making blogs of their own and new organizing happening etc…. all from these actions you think “set us back”.

      Let’s hope we can get something like your idea of a state-wide walkout together for the October 7th National Day of Action! That would be great!

      • A Random Person says:

        I think what she meant by the tactics setting us back would be that they might get the attention of those in charge, but it would put us in the wrong light. If those in charge, including the police, can twist our actions so that it looks like we are in the wrong, they will do so. They don’t want us to have support because it would be to inconvenient for them to change. They like the system the way it is.

      • eek says:

        They will ignore our actions as much as possible, and when they can’t, they will twist our actions no matter what we do. We have not worry about what the fools in power say, people are on our side, and when that is the case, you don’t have to worry about the BS the people in power say. You just have to force them to act by making them afraid they will lose control. This is how concession are won. Always has been, always will be. Look at the Gandhi quote.

    • LSUnity says:

      Beth:
      The powerless have always fought back. Don’t try to whitewash and sanitize our history.
      http://selfcombust.wordpress.com/2010/07/18/random-notes-on-violence-feminism-oscar-grant-the-rabble/

      • A Random Person says:

        She never said that they didn’t. Her point was whether or not certain tactics will work.

        Also, I dislike your use of the word “powerless.” People have power, period. There is strength in numbers. It’s just a matter of realizing that power and using it effectively. But, also, we have to consider the consequences of our actions, but that goes along with using the power effectively.
        That might’ve been a little off topic but I couldn’t really help myself.

      • LSUnity says:

        By “power” in this context I mean “institutional power”…..

  23. Boon says:

    It’s significant that these dissenters against the students are spending all day commenting on this site and not out in the streets.

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