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SCCC Faculty Senate urges President to Keep Campus Open

The following statement, released today by Karen Strickland (SCCC Faculty Senate President), was endorsed yesterday at a meeting of the senate. It relates to President Mitchells decision to close the Campus on A20 following the advice of the Seattle Police Departement.
The Seattle Central Community College Faculty Senate is aware of President Charles Mitchell's reasoning leading to his decision to close SCCC on April 20, 2002. We understand that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) requested that the parking garage be closed, along with other businesses in the area, because they have "intelligence" leading to concerns about possible violence related to protesting the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings. We believe that Dr. Mitchell has been placed in a position of vulnerability and possible liability by the SPD. Should violence, on the part of the police and/or citizens, occur resulting in injury to students, employees or guests of the college, an attempt could unjustifiably be made to hold the college and/or Dr. Mitchell accountable. We recognize that past teach-ins and rallies on our campus have consistently been dynamic, successful and peaceful learning events that promote civic participation and solidarity. We also recognize that over time police tactics of crowd control have become more aggressive and confrontational and we are concerned that past instances of police aggression will be repeated.

The SCCC Faculty Senate acknowledges the difficult position Dr. Mitchell is in, but we call for him to rescind his decision to close the building and show support for the student-organized teach-in that was to be held on our campus on April 20, 2002 by. We reject the role of the SPD and any other law enforcement body in limiting academic freedom and the civil liberties of Seattle residents.

(note- the following is not in the letter but is from an earlier post by some of the A20 organizers)

Call president Mitchells office at (206) 587-4144
Or call the Board of trustees at (206) 587-3872

Seattle Central Community College has been pressured by the SPD to shutdown the campus for A20 events in seattle. The events scheduled for SCCC (all of which are still going on) are a teach-in at 2PM- A free Reclaim The Streets Party at 4PM and 2 marches (one permitted, one not) against the IMF/WB/WTO/War etc at 6PM. This is a unprecendented attack on free speech rights. All classes and lectures for the day will be cancelled. The school will be locked up! over a month ago students reserved room for a teach-in on the G8. Presentors are coming from Canada to educate people on the G8's effects on workers, women, debt relief, etc. The school has broke the agreement with the student club, has violated their labor agreement with the faculty, and are clearly abridging peoples free speech rights! The SPD is obviously worried about the potential for this event and are doing everything it their power to disrupt it. Fight back- please call or email the president of sccc President Mitchell and tell him not to cave into the SPD's pressure to disrupt the events on A20-

Charles Mitchell at  cmitch@sccd.ctc.edu to demand he upholds our constitutional right to assemble and not crumble under police demands.
2. Pass this story along to a friend. And if you live in travelling distance of Seattle, PLEASE COME TO A20 TO ASSURE EVERYONE'S SAFETY AND MAXIMIZE OUR EFFICACY!
3. Also email Lexie Evans ( leevan@sccd.ctc.edu) the Student Programs Coordinator to support students rights!