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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 “Providence Student Union launches Student Bill of Rights campaign”

  1. leftyrite

    Here’s a fun idea:

    Look at the above pictures.

    Sure, some are pictures of……… nothing.

    The camera just went off.

    But, look at that young girl speaking earnestly.

    …..that young man with the face of resolve.

    Poets, librarians,lawyers…

    artists and musicians…

    scientists utterly beyond their computers…

    wonderers of the

    beautiful blue-green.

    beautiful children of sincere, loving homes,

    or, of homes that are trying to be:

    These are all you need, native land.

    Together, we are enough.

    America, build again.
    America, muster the confidence and energy.
    America, heal what your advancement has wounded.

    Providence,
    beautiful provider.
    Provide once again.

    Bless us,
    and we will bless you.

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  2. Photos from Providence Student Union’s Student Bill of Rights launch

    […] the Providence Student Union announced their campaign to pass a Student Bill of Rights in Kennedy Plaza downtown, photographer Selene Means was on hand […]

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