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#COFStandup Protest on Emmanuel Quad Planned for Monday Afternoon

Several students from the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) will host a protest tomorrow, Monday December 8th, during Activities Period, from 12-1pm on the Emmanuel College Quad.

According to the event’s Facebook page the  #COFStandup is in response to “Students from Emmanuel College feeling fed up with the injustice within their own institution. As related to the recent incidents in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases, Emmanuel College has also shown us that black lives don’t matter.”

This is just one of several protests around the city of Boston in the past several weeks, all following the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18 year old Mike Brown, and further, the grand jury decision not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of unarmed 43 year old Eric Garner.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Skye Zwickerhill

Photo courtesy of Hannah Skye Zwickerhill

Adebukola Ajao 16′, President of EC’s Black Student Union, helped organize the event.

“I hope tomorrow’s event will give students a platform to let out their grievances stand in solidarity with other movements around the nation,” Ajao says, “and give students of color an opportunity to vocalize our agency at Emmanuel.”

In order to host a demonstration at Emmanuel, students must consult the ‘Policy on Peaceful Demonstrations, Protests, and Expressions of Dissent’ in the Emmanuel Student handbook, and then register the event two business days in advance with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Ajao says Emmanuel administration was accomodating when she registered the protest,  but that  “there is always room for improvement.”

“We are planning to have a peaceful demonstration and are thankful that EC adminstration was cooperative with us,” says Ajao.

Ajao declined to comment about her  thoughts on the recent portal announcement  from Emmanuel President Sister Janet Eisner addressing “the trend of ongoing racism in our larger society.”


Kyla Burke is a staff writer and editor of The Week’s End. Follow her on Twitter at @kkb_ .

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One Response to #COFStandup Protest on Emmanuel Quad Planned for Monday Afternoon

  1. It's 2014 Stop Labeling

    December 8, 2014 at 1:15 am

    “Emmanuel College has also shown us that black lives don’t matter.”
    Seriously? How has Emmanuel done that? The most racist comments, aside from a few personal anecdotes that do not correlate with the overall views, are ones that are really rooted in ignorance not hateful nature. While I applaud your solidarity with the issues our nation appears to be facing, I cannot ignore the fact that comments like the quoted are playing a large role in this racial divide and they’re coming from your side. The “activist side”.
    Side note: Emmanuel has a BLACK STUDENT UNION. (again perpetuating the racial divide yet you see no problem with this?…I see no white student union because “oh no, that would be racist”)