New York, NY – November 15, 2006 5 SDS New York members were arrested at Pace University on Wednesday, November 15. The SDSers were standing on the courtyard outside the Pace University downtown campus – demanding that President Caputo and Dean of Students O’Grady meet with them to discuss their grievances when they were summarily arrested by the NYPD, who acted on the instructions of the Pace Administrators. The students were demanding free expression on campus, recognition of the Pace SDS chapter and that Pace President David A. Caputo step down for his repeated violations of the civil rights of Pace students.
Following the arrests Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) issued a statement of support for the Pace activists. The full statement follows. To sign the statement send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: there is also an online petition – http://www.petitiononline.com/pacesds/petition.html
Statement of Soldarity with Pace SDS
We the undersigned officers and members of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), denounce the actions of Pace University in regards to the planned arrest of several SDS first amendment activists on November 15, 2006 at the downtown campus. The targeting of these activists for their efforts to organize an SDS chapter at Pace is reprehensible. President David A. Caputo and the Pace administration have violated the civil rights of the student population and we join with SDS Pace in calling for David Caputo to step down now.