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Dis-Honor Card Press Conference - Part 1

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Published on May 28, 2007

On May 25, 2007, about 200 people staged a rally and press conference outside the Mullins Center on the UMass campus. They protested the honoring of Andy Card, chief salesman of the Iraq War, with an honorary degree. Hundreds more students and faculty who opposed the degree would later protest inside the hall during the graduation ceremony.

Card, former Bush Administration Chief of Staff and head of the White House Iraq Group, faced signs calling him a war criminal. People are now calling on UMass to rescind the honorary degree.

The protests followed weeks of growing opposition. 400 protested on May 15 (see the rally and march on YouTube at TraprockPeaceTV) and on May 22 protesters marched from the campus to the Amherst common.

After the commencement, activists gathered at the Jones Library for a celebration and speakout. Video of the post-commencement celebration and speakout are coming to TraprockPeaceTV. See also video of the protest during the graduation (done with respect concerning graduates) and the pre-graduation rally.

Video recorded and edited by Charles Jenks; © 2007 Traprock Peace Center. Websites may embed the video for non-profit use, with attribution. Please let us know if you use the video; email charles@traprockpeace.org

The protest was organized by a large coalition of campus and community organizations, too numerous to list. Traprock was one of many community groups that supported the tremendous efforts by the UMass community of students, faculty and staff, and UMass organizations.

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