TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008
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Update from the OSU sit-in

5 students from Ohio State University are still sitting in OSU president Gordon Gee's office. Gee is refusing to meet with the students and they are prepared to continue the sit-in as long as necessary. Below is a description of the rally that happened outside the administrative building from two Free The Planet members. -Annie Today President Gordon Gee of The Ohio State University is cowering in his office, denying a meeting with representatives of student group Free the Planet! OSU and fellow supporters of The Grassy Narrows First Nation. Protesters serenaded the building with a drum circle, chants, banners, and signs. Chants included: “Gordon Gee, yes you could, stop buying old-growth wood!” and “Tell me what solidarity looks like! This is what solidarity looks like!” osu-1.jpg osu-2.jpg The Columbus police were called, and asked protesters to turn off their bullhorns--but the group was not deterred from making their voices heard for indigenous rights and environmental protection. After two hours of protest, the group has morphed into a support team, currently taking shifts to monitor and protect students patiently awaiting an audience with the President of their University. -Glenn Collins and Jane Harrison Free The Planet OSU activists

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