Arts, Central New York, Education

SU Protestors Share Words of Resistance in Hopes of Poetic Justice

By Catherine Witherspoon SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) —  THE General Body held its second Resistance Read-Out Friday morning. The event featured students sharing words of resistance through poems and quotes, a demonstration designed to spread their message, connect students and remind them of the reasons they are protesting. 

“I read my first piece by Minnie Bruce Pratt who has a long history of struggle and resistance against systems of oppression,” said Montinique McEachern a 2nd year doctoral student. Authors like Judy Jordan, Maya Angelou and Lauren Hill’s, “Get Out” were some of the words of resistance shared during the more than two-week sit-in going on inside the Crouse Hinds-Hall building.

Students began their protest 12 days ago and have been stationed on the bottom level of the same building where Chancellor Kent Syverud’s office is located in the Office of Admissions. Members of THE General Body and other students have been very vocal about the recent changes that have been made and felt their is a lack of transparency between this administration and the student body.

“It really wasn’t just about poetry, it was about words of resistance of any kind,” said Ernest Daily one of the organizers of the Resistance Read-out. “It was not necessarily about making any resistance to the administration or the University, that wasn’t even a thought. It’s just resistance in general.

There has been much resistance during this protest. Students are planning to stay through the Thanksgiving holiday if more of their demands are not met.

“We’ve made a lot of progress, but we made progress on some of the easy things that the administration could do. We didn’t make much progress on some of the deeply ingrained hard things that the administration needs to do.”

In the meantime, the student protestors and those involved in the sit-in will continue to resist and share words of resistance and struggle with the hope of one day reveling in the joy of poetic justice.