From: The list is open to women faculty at York who are members of YUFA

[YUFA-W@YorkU.CA] on behalf of Lorna Erwin [lerwin@YorkU.CA]

Sent: March 1, 2001 7:15 PM

To: YUFA-W@YORKU.CA

Subject: Students Arrested at Trent

 

A very serious situation has developed at Trent.YUFA has sent a letter

and will be making a donation help offset legal costs.Please consider

writing to the Trent Administration protesting this event.

 

Charmaine Eddy wrote:

>

> >†††† I am forwarding to you a message from one of our students to let

you

> > know what happened last night at Trent.Students here had been

engaged

> > in political protest, occupying the VP Academic's Office, and police

 

> > raided the offices in the middle of the night, arresting 8 female

> > students.Students have occupied administrative offices in the

past,

> > but never before has such force been used.We are witnessing the

> > continuation of the tactics used at the WTO Protest in Seattle and

at

> > the OCAP Protest this summer.

> >†††† I have written to our union asking them for a strong and loud

> > protest against this kind of action.Given the kinds of activism

you

> > have been involved with in the recent past, I would appreciate any

> > advice you might have.

> >†††† Sincerely,

> >

> >†††† Charmaine Eddy

> >

> > --

> > ********************************************************************

 

> > Professor Charmaine Eddy

> > Chair, Women's Studies Program

> > Associate Professor,

> > Department of English Literature

> > Lady Eaton College, S111

> > Trent University,

> > Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 7B8

> > telephone: 705-748-1515

> > fax: 705-748-1630

> >

> >

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> >

> > Subject: URGENT - Letter from Students

> > Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 09:30:22 -0500

> > From: David Tough <dtough@trentu.ca>

> > To: fulltime@trentu.ca, parttime@trentu.ca

> >

> > To all full and part-time faculty:

> >

> > We write to notify you that eight Trent students are presently in

jail.

> > Twenty-five police officers raided Lady Eaton College last night at

> > 3:00am, arresting the eight students occupying the Vice Presidentís

> > office as well as the students supporting them outside. The eight

> > occupying students have been charged; the remaining seventeen were

> > detained and later released.

> >

> > At the time of the raid, the students were engaged in an ongoing

> > dialogue with police, which they were led to believe would result in

a

> > peaceful resolution.

> >

> > Students were occupying the Vice Presidentís office in the hope of

> > pressuring the administration to negotiate, or simply acknowledge a

> > number of University-wide concerns. Some of these include corporate

> > advertising on campus, increased threat of privatization, the threat

to

> > the college system, and encroachment of private interests, and most

> > importantly administrative accountability and transparency. The fond

 

> > hope of these students has always been to restore and re-empower the

 

> > legitimate elected decision-making bodies of the University that

have

> > been systematically silenced and ignored by the current

administration.

> >

> > These events mark the first time in the long history of Trent

student

> > protests, that an administration has opted to use force instead of

> > dialogue in dealing with student concerns. It is to be noted that at

no

> > time has Bonnie Patterson offered a gesture of negotiation for a

> > peaceful resolution. From the first day of the occupation, Patterson

 

> > behaved in an obstinate and vindictive manner, clearly stating her

> > personal desire to see the students punished. Her attitude

predetermined

> > the violent nature of the conclusion to the occupation. We see this

as

> > the culmination of a climate of intolerance that has increasingly

> > enveloped the University under the current administration.

> >

> > We do not ask you to endorse the tactics taken by the students

during

> > the occupation nor share all their concerns; we do, however, appeal

to

> > you as members of the University community to seriously evaluate the

 

> > implications of the Presidentís heavy-handed approach to ending the

> > occupation. The eight jailed students desperately need your

recognition

> > and support.

> >

> > Anup Grewal

> > Tullia Marcolongo

> > David Tough

> > Jessica Grillanda

> > Jill Stavely

> > Claire Prashaw