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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “Pokanokets march on Brown University as negotiations over Mt Hope land continue”

  1. salgal

    The march was as powerful and beautiful as the day itself. Strong, powerful spirit.

    Fitting somehow that I received this email from President Paxson yesterday. I had told someone on the march that I didn’t expect to hear back from her.

    Dear Sally,

    Thank you for your e-mail. My office has received numerous emails and phone calls regarding the Pokanoket Nation, and I appreciate your taking the time to write to share your thoughtful perspective.

    If you have not already seen it, the University posted a statement on its website on August 31 outlining principles for what seems to us a reasonable path forward that ensures conservation and preservations of the land and sustainable access to tribes with a connection to this property. The link to the statement is below, for your convenience.

    https://news.brown.edu/articles/2017/08/statement-0831

    Again, I appreciate your writing. My best wishes to you.

    I would encourage anyone not familiar with Brown’s latest correspondence with the Pokanoket to follow this link above.

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