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[casi] Way to go Roger!

Dear list,

I just want to say how proud I am of our dear friend, Roger. He did a great job this past weekend:

FIND AT: (below action
also mentioned in another article about Bush at AC)Students quietly
protest Sunday, 03 November 2002


While most of the local people packed into Austin College's Sid
Richardson Center Friday night seemed thrilled to get to see former
President George H. W. Bush, some of the private liberal arts
school's students protested his selection as this year's Chair of
Excellence in International Leadership.Outside the building in which
Bush spoke, a small group of students wore white arm bands to protest
the visit. Roger Stroope, an Austin College senior, was one of those
students, and he said the small group was quickly disbanded by Secret
Service agents.Stroope said the arm bands, which represented peace,
were just part of a bigger, but respectful, protest of the college's
choice to have Bush on campus. He said about 40 students spent part
of Thursday night putting chalk to pavement in an attempt to make the
rest of the campus aware of the thousands of people killed in El
Salvador and Nicaragua at the hands of people trained by the School
of the Americas during Bush's presidency and vice
presidency."We were looking for a respectful way of showing our
solidarity with the oppressed of the world," Stroope said. He
said another senior, Sara Sparks, came up with the idea of writing
down the names. Sparks said she and the others had hoped the names
would still be on AC's mall walkway when Bush arrived Friday.
"We didn't really know what would happen. I knew that we would
not change his mind about the things that happened while he was
president and I knew that we wouldn't make the school change its mind
about giving him the award, but I thought we could educate some of
the people around
us." Stroope said the group spent hours down on their knees in
the cold writing down the names before another group of students
showed up to try to stop the protest. Stroope said the second group
of students erased about a hundred names before they were convinced
that the names were part of an act of free speech.Even though early
morning rains washed the rest of the names away, and former President
Bush left campus without seeing them, Sparks and Stroope said they
felt their protest raised awareness about the suffering people in
other parts of the world endure and the way U.S. foreign policy can
affect that suffering.

~ Anai Rhoads

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