Wesleyan Students Protest Scalia Appearance

On Thursday, Wesleyan students and members of Occupy Connecticut got together to protest an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and together they created some really special visual effects.

Via a press release from Occupy New Haven:

"At Wesleyan University, students and Occupy Connecticut members protested an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Before Scalia’s speech, about forty Connecticut residents calling themselves Occupy Citizens United joined with Wesleyan students, chanting 'Legacy of blood and war, what’d you make Bush president for? and 'Sexist, racist, anti-gay! Justice Scalia, go away!'

"At the conclusion of the speech, inside the Memorial Chapel, seven protesters took off their day clothes and stood up to reveal orange Guantanamo Bay suits and black hoods, protesting Scalia’s complicity in war and torture. These protesters, after refusing to sit down, were escorted out. Simultaneously, four students dropped hundreds of condoms from a balcony into the crowd to show opposition to Scalia’s assaults on reproductive freedom and privacy. The condoms bore the label 'Practice Safe Sodomy,' referring to his dissent in Lawrence v. Texas arguing in favor of upholding homophobic anti-sodomy laws. Students also unfurled banners.... More Wesleyan students stood up with signs supporting the protesters’ message in overflow rooms."

There are a variety of reasons that students have decided to protest. A media advisory earlier this week said, “Scalia represents highly unjust and oppressive political system, which for example appointed George W. Bush as unelected president in 2000 and increased corporate control of elections in the 2010 Citizens United ruling. In contrast, the Scalia Welcoming Committee is a truly democratic, non-hierarchical group, inspired by the Occupy movement, Arab Spring and global anti-austerity protests. We strongly reject the Wesleyan administration’s choice to invite such a bigoted, sexist, corrupt puppet of the super-rich to speak.”


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