In photos: Students break hunger strike, demonstrate outside Corporation gatherings
At 5:13 p.m. Friday, 17 demonstrators ate dates to break their weeklong hunger strike.
The strike called on Brown University’s Corporation — its highest governing body — to consider a proposal for divestment that is consistent with a 2020 report by the Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Practices recommending divestment from “companies which profit from human rights abuses in Palestine.” Demonstrators delivered President Christina Paxson P’19 P’MD’20 a 50-page “critical edition” of the original 2020 report earlier this week.
Earlier in the day, around 150 students protested at several locations across campus as the Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — conducted their February meeting. The Corporation did not consider any divestment proposals during meetings this week but “acknowledged the activism on campus by students advocating for divestment,” Paxson shared in a statement.
The protestors, including the strikers and those involved in the solidarity fast, followed the Corporation’s movements throughout Friday, The Herald reported earlier Friday.
At 1 p.m., the protestors filed into 111 Thayer St, silently lining the railings of the second and third floors as members of the Corporation attended a luncheon in the McKinney Conference Room. After all of the Corporation members left the building, Brown Divest Coalition organizer Eli Grossman called for students to gather in the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center at 5 p.m. to end their fast.
The Herald photographed the day’s movements: Students lining the perimeter of the Faculty Club in the early morning gray, the echoing call-and-response chants outside of closed windows at the Hope Club, the silent presence of hundreds in the Watson Institute and the last round of singing in the Blue Room as the sun set.
Here’s the day in photos:
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Dana Richie is a senior staff writer for Arts and Culture and the photo chief. She enjoys using multiple forms of media to capture peoples’ stories and quirks. In her free time, she loves knitting, learning about local history and playing ultimate frisbee.