Harvard Professors Arrested Protesting DACA Decision

Babson professor under arrest at a pro-DACA rally at Harvard Square
Babson professor under arrest at a pro-DACA rally at Harvard Square
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10 September, 2017

"Thirty-one professors from Harvard and other Boston-area universities were arrested Thursday for blocking traffic along Massachusetts Ave.in protest of President Donald Trump's decision to rescind an Obama-era program that gives legal protections to undocumented young people", The Harvard Crimson reported on September 7, 2017. They planned to block Massachusetts Avenue in an act of "peaceful civil disobedience" until they were removed by police.

Tuesday's protest filled the plaza in front of the federal building and spilled out into Mission and Seventh Streets around 5:30 p.m.

"Stepping off into the street, we pledge ourselves to stand in solidarity with the students who provide our livelihood and the staff members upon whom we daily rely-to stand for justice and human decency", Johnson said.

"We wanted to be here with faculty saying that teachers care about our students and the wider communities that they are part of", Adler said.

Protester in clergy robe
Protester in clergy robe

The DACA rollback is delayed for six months, and Trump has already said that DACA recipients "have nothing to worry about".

The protest was organized by a group of professors from local colleges.

"We're in this sort of extraordinary science fiction world now where the announced intention of the USA government is to send federal agents onto university campuses to take students away", Johnson said. He noted that while jail is not a "nice place" to spend any amount of time, those are were arrested on Thursday "felt only strengthened in our resolve".


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