Wednesday’s teach-in (co-sponsored by OU+AAUP) and today’s protest rally were a smashing success. The New Political has a nice rundown of the teach-in (attended by over 400 students and faculty), as does Jim Phillips at the Athens News. Today, undeterred by ill-timed rain, hundreds came out for a protest rally and march. (See the A-News for a good account of the rally – and also [edited to add] The New Political.)
The march wound through East Green and Court Street, ending in front of Cutler Hall with a message for our upper administrators:
“No if! No buts! No education cuts!”
“You say cut back? We say fight back!”
OU+AAUP members marched and chanted side by side with the students and other supporters from the faculty, staff, and community.
Today’s protest, like the teach-in, energized participants – and inspired us to keep fighting in the face of S.B. 5 and administrative intransigence. This feels like the beginning of a powerful alliance among students, faculty, and other workers.
Students gather to discuss “what next?” after the teach-in.
More scenes from today’s rally and march:
Photos courtesy of Judith Grant and Louis-Georges Schwartz.