Community Statement of Support with THE General Body at Syracuse University

Statement of Support from Members of the Syracuse Community for The General Body and Student Calls for Diversity and Transparency at Syracuse University

We are inspired by the student groups organizing on the SU campus for diversity and transparency (a summary of their grievances is below). Their movement embodies principles of inclusivity, democratic participation in one’s community, care for others and direct action in support of the public good.

At a time when it is common to hear complaints of youth apathy, we commend these students for their dedication and thoughtful action, and we call on the chancellor and the administration to respond to the substance of student demands with meaningful dialogue and action. 

Having inscribed the words of the first amendment on the walls of Newhouse III, it would be particularly hypocritical for SU’s administration to repress the rights of students to freedom of speech and to peaceable assemble.

The Syracuse community has a long history of social movement organizing and civil disobedience to further peace and social justice. As organizations committed to continuing that organizing tradition for a more just and equitable future, we stand in solidarity with the organizing work and demands of The General Body, a united front of student organizations at Syracuse university.

For more background and the 43-page document of grievances and demands, see www.thegeneralbody.org. 

Signed by the following Syracuse area Community groups:
The Syracuse Peace Council, The Green Party of Onondaga County, Syracuse Community Choir, ArtRage Gallery, Peace Action of CNY, Bread and Roses Collective House, Westcott Neighborhood Association, SEIU 1199.

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