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Students Demonstrate in Solidarity with Marginalized Communities

October 21, 2016

On Thursday, October 20th, a multicultural student group invited members of the Lasell community to join them in a peaceful demonstration at the Peace Pole on Blodgett Green to honor victims of recent shootings. The demonstration attracted roughly 40 students, faculty and staff members.

Students from the Campus Multicultural Activism class taught by Professor Jesse Tauriac organized the event to raise awareness about marginalized communities who have been recent targets for violence and to emphasize the need for change.

"The greatest challenge for this kind of work is to get those who do not want to have these conversations to at least hear them. This protest was not only about black lives or even police brutality, but also about systematic violence against all [marginalized communities,]" said Davonte Johnson, a student leader at the event.

As part of the demonstration, students spoke the names of victims of recent shootings and then laid a sunflower at the base of the Peace Pole.

At the end of the event, the students highlighted the need for self-care when discussing these difficult issues and encouraged people to "stay active, eat well, and connect with people to process your feelings and feel supported."

- Lane Sulzer