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  •  I heard one Prof speak (8+ / 0-)

    on KPFA.  She was an Associate Professor of English and was interviewed by Dennis Bernstein on Flashpoints.  Very courageous, but she was saying how she really believed linking arms was non-violent and that she expected to be arrested, but never dreamed she would witness beatings.  She, herself wasn't beaten, but she said when she saw the cops hit people, she put out her hand and asked to be arrested because she was afraid of being beaten too.  They refused to arrest her until later and then did it with way too much force.  

    These people are my heroes.  Each and every one of them.

    •  Not sure who if it was the same Professor (1+ / 0-)
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      But here is the link... I'd been distributing it less because the video was removed midday. Then I spent a lot of time emailing and tweeting to try to find another copy. And Brenneman absolutely got on it and reposted a new one (it's the same video).

      Now I'll have to go track down that Flashpoints. I presume it's the same Professor though. She's a colleague of one of my colleagues, but I'm not really about to ask if it's a sensitive subject, and certainly not on a weekend. She is, indeed, an Associate Professor of English with an interdisciplinary focus on French Literature from the late 18th Century. I am acquainted with her scholarship, actually. So it's all the more shocking for me. She's a really normal sort of academic. She was reported to be trying to mediate between police and students to deescalate the situation.

      •  That looks like what she said (1+ / 0-)
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        She said she was trying to hold the line and talk to the cops.  She tried to show them the right way.  But at one point, she was grabbed by the hair and thrown face down on the ground and could report no more after that.  The video clearly showed people being grabbed by the hair and thrown down.  I'm confident we are talking about the same person.

        She sounded infinitely reasonable.  In fact, I was very impressed when Dennis asked her what her student thought of all this and she said, I encourage my students to speak for themselves and make their own opinions.  You will have to ask them.  Love.

        •  Thanks so much for sharing this, Kamakhya (2+ / 0-)
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          Kamakhya, ferment

          I was looking for any news on this situation possible and will absolutely try to find a copy of that broadcast online. There was virtually no mention of it anywhere online, and yet to me, it was entirely shocking because of specifically her character being one of the highest and utmost integrity. This was so inappropriate that I don't have words.

          I will though. Indeed. Many.

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