The students at Cooper Union took over the President’s office. They sat down and would not leave. 100 students locked themselves in. I heard about it on facebook and saw the call for people, for support. The police were massing for eviction. We got down there late, most of the people had left. The police had left but the students were still there, still occupying. In solidarity of the sit in/lock in some of us decided to stay and hold a sleepful protest. Keep Cooper Union Free, this was their message to the President, who wants to end the free tuition. One of the few schools left, founded on this principle of free education. Keep Cooper Union Free, Education should be free and here it was, but they are now trying to end this legacy. The students are rising up, fighting to keep the integrity, the intention, the vision of the founder intact.
We put the signs in order and set up our sleeping bags behind the signs. A few of us went on cardboard runs and we were up late into the night . We slept in a group not a line like we do when sleeping along the sidewalk.
At about 8am the police showed up to wake us up, yelling at us to move, to get up, to get out. We sat up but we did not move we packed up our stuff since we were not awake after being so rudely awoken but we did not move until we wanted to. We did not let them intimidate us for we knew there was no law we were breaking in sitting in the courtyard of the school, and the students were still there. They made it through the night. Whatever the outcome they were making their statement and finding their power, making their voice heard and we were off to get ready for the poor people’s march.
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