Paul L. Caron

Monday, May 27, 2024

NY Times: Pro-Palestinian Activism Disrupts CUNY Law Graduation; School Says It's ‘Proud Of All 201 Members Of The Class Of 2024’

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  New York Times, Pro-Palestinian Activism Marks CUNY Law Graduation Despite Speaker Ban:

In some ways, a walkout by pro-Palestinian students at the City University of New York School of Law’s commencement on Thursday was part of the unique political moment that has marked the Class of 2024’s graduation season at so many universities.

But CUNY law students were also carrying on something of a graduation tradition at their school.

Students chanted pro-Palestinian messages, waved painted banners as they walked across the stage and turned their backs to the law school’s dean, Sudha Setty, during her remarks onstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Then, after the last degrees had been conferred, dozens of students rose from their seats and walked out, joined by a handful of professors and guests. ...

For the past two years, law school commencement speakers have made support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel a focus of their speeches, eliciting criticism from public officials, who called the speeches antisemitic. ...

Two guests who had been scheduled to speak at the commencement — Deborah N. Archer, a civil rights lawyer and president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Muhammad U. Faridi, a litigator — ... withdrew, leaving the ceremony with no outside speakers and no keynote address. ...

At the CUNY law school, at least 50 students held banners with pro-Palestinian messages — including “Free them all from Rikers to Rafah” — as they received their degrees. At two points in the ceremony, students stood and chanted collectively in what they called a “mic check,” an effort to reclaim the student address after the removal of the speaking slot.

In a statement, the law school said the school was “proud of all 201 members of the Class of 2024.”

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