My name is Vani Kannan, and I’m going to talk about where THE General Body is going next.
Last night we gathered to discuss our future. The conversation went late into the night, and reinforced for me the strength, passion, clarity, and commitment to each other and to this campus that I have observed throughout this movement.
Being in this room has been one of the greatest educations of my life. The deep commitment of the people in this room to each other, to the university and to the Syracuse community, should not be underestimated.
The faculty, staff, and community support we’ve received this week speaks more loudly than any one person can.
The messages of solidarity from universities across the country, where students are struggling with the same corporate imperatives speak more loudly than any one person can.
The letters from students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members about their individual, collective, and institutional struggles speak more loudly than any one person can.
And the messages of solidarity pressed against those glass windows, which speak to the crackdown on dissent nationally and globally–scream much louder than any one person can.
This movement is growing.
This is our 18th day in Crouse-Hinds. After this press conference, we will be leaving.
We are leaving with the knowledge that what we are asking the Chancellor to commit to works towards equity, justice, and safety for every person here today and every person not here.
We are moving into phase two of the General Body, starting now. This new phase represents a growing body of students, faculty, staff, and community members who refuse to submit to undemocratic administrative policies that hurt this campus and this community.
We will continue to fight alongside each other despite the forces that are trying to divide us.
When we look back, and look around, we know we are in good company.
Now, today, we are leaving this building, but we are not going anywhere.
PhD Student, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric