Protests at The New School

Agitation at the New School over the leadership of president Bob Kerrey escalated in the past few days with a sit in by students at the Graduate Faculty Building at 65 5th ave and protests outside.  Early this morning, the students occupying the building came to an agreement with Kerrey to grant amnesty to all participants, additional study space on campus, student representation on the Provost search committee, student representation on a committee for Socially Responsible Investing, empowerment of the University Student Senate to freely contact the entire student body, and University Student Senate representaiton on the Board of Trustees.

Protesters occupying the cafeteria of 65 5th ave in the late afternoon of Dec. 18th.

Protesters occupying the cafeteria of 65 5th ave in the late afternoon of Dec. 18th.

Protesters occupying the cafeteria of 65 5th ave in the late afternoon of Dec. 18th.

Protesters occupying the cafeteria of 65 5th ave in the late afternoon of Dec. 18th.

Protesters occupying the cafeteria of 65 5th ave in the late afternoon of Dec. 18th.

Protesters occupying the cafeteria of 65 5th ave in the late afternoon of Dec. 18th.

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65 5th Ave closed with about 75 students at a sit in inside. Students and media gather outside.

65 5th Ave closed with about 75 students at a sit in inside. Students and media gather outside.

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65 5th Ave closed with about 75 students at a sit in inside. Students and media gather outside.

65 5th Ave closed with about 75 students at a sit in inside. Students and media gather outside.

65 5th Ave closed with about 75 students at a sit in inside. Students and media gather outside.

65 5th Ave closed with about 75 students at a sit in inside. Students and media gather outside.

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Linda Reimer looks out from 65 5th ave.

Linda Reimer looks out from 65 5th ave.

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Solidarity from City College, CUNY, and NYU arrives outside 65 5th Ave, where about 75 students hold a sit in inside.

Solidarity from City College, CUNY, and NYU arrives outside 65 5th Ave, where about 75 students hold a sit in inside.

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view of the entrance of 65 5th ave where students and faculty gather in protests and solidarity for the 75 students holding a sit in inside.

view of the entrance of 65 5th ave where students and faculty gather in protests and solidarity for the 75 students holding a sit in inside.

the University Student Senate convenes a meeting in the deli across the street from the locked down university.

the University Student Senate convenes a meeting in the deli across the street from the locked down university.

University Student Senate President Peter Cummings delivers a set of demands agreed upon by the University Student Senate to the protesters gathered outside 65 5th ave.

University Student Senate President Peter Cummings delivers a set of demands agreed upon by the University Student Senate to the protesters gathered outside 65 5th ave.

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Police unload barricades to control the crowd.

Police unload barricades to control the crowd.

Protesters respond to efforts by the police to pen them in by flooding 5th ave.

Protesters respond to efforts by the police to pen them in by flooding 5th ave.

Debris scattered onto 5th ave by protesters.

Debris scattered onto 5th ave by protesters.

Police clear debris from 5th ave as protesters advance to the intersection.

Police clear debris from 5th ave as protesters advance to the intersection.

Debris and protesters on 5th ave.

Debris and protesters on 5th ave.

Protesters brake into the 14th street entrance to the locked down university building.

Protesters brake into the 14th street entrance to the locked down university building.

Protesters brake into the 14th street entrance to the locked down university building.

Protesters brake into the 14th street entrance to the locked down university building.

A protester inside the university building asks that only non-violent participants enter.

A protester inside the university building asks that only non-violent participants enter.

Police update each other on the break in at the 14th st side of the building.

Police update each other on the break in at the 14th st side of the building.

Back up arrives.

Back up arrives.

Police and protesters outside of 65 5th ave.

Police and protesters outside of 65 5th ave.

Bob Kerrey (blur in the lower right) breaks into a sprint down 5th ave. He just left 65 5th ave upon meeting with protesters inside the building briefly. Protesters outside followed him chanting "Resign!"

Bob Kerrey (blur in the lower right) breaks into a sprint down 5th ave. He just left 65 5th ave upon meeting with protesters inside the building briefly. Protesters outside followed him chanting "Resign!"

Protesters and police sprint around the corner of 5th ave and 11th st as Bob Kerrey leads the chase to his home.

Protesters and police sprint around the corner of 5th ave and 11th st as Bob Kerrey leads the chase to his home.

Back up arrives at Bob Kerrey's residence.

Back up arrives at Bob Kerrey's residence.

Police outside Bob Kerrey's residence, where the university president just took refuge from protesters.

Police outside Bob Kerrey's residence, where the university president just took refuge from protesters.

Protesters outside Bob Kerrey's home.

Protesters outside Bob Kerrey's home.

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14 responses to “Protests at The New School

  1. These photos are so brilliant! Thank you thank you for such vivid and thorough documentation. To all who would like to continue student solidarity work between schools, my name is Conor, and I was one of the City College kids outside leading chants Thursday night. Please contact me so we can plan activities for the Spring!!!
    cocoreed@gmail.com

  2. Yes, these are excellent photos! They are the best ones I have seen of the event, both indoors and certainly outdoors where I cannot remember seeing any of what was happening outside. You are also very generous in using a Creative Commons license, I would like to use a couple perhaps, on my blog (which is also Creative Commons licensed) with full attribution of course.

  3. Ida

    Thanks Max and Conor. Go ahead and repost, though track back to here, in the service of clarity and fact checking more than anything.

  4. That is amazing. Every time I see photos and read about events like this it reinforces my drive to protest. CAN (Ole Miss Chapter) plans to do a similiar demonstration at the University of Mississippi. Unfortunatly I do not think the police will be as “peaceful” with us, as they were with yall.

  5. stevan

    This is sad. These people probably feel like they are making some kind of difference in the world. Its comical how self centered they are. All that… for what?

  6. Ida

    Why are you so skeptical, Stevan? What do you know about the situation?

  7. stevan

    If this much energy and determination was put to proper use, for people who desperately need help, think of how much good could actually be done. not just a bunch of privileged kids getting their way at school.

  8. Ida

    Of course, and there are many time in history when it has. I did not realize that this was an event of privileged kids getting their way. What are you basing that statement on? While there are many grounds upon which to criticize the New York Times, I was impressed with this article that came out last night. The events on Thursday night were certainly the most rowdy and high profile. A lot of people are upset at the New School.

  9. stevan

    I believe that these students, once grayed and matured, will look back on these events with a mild embarrassment and realize that there are less dramatic and far more effective ways to remove a leader. A Majority of these students are most likely enrolled here based on the advertisements and publicity that this business minded greedy leader paid for. Now he is in the New York Times… for free. Perfect.

  10. Ida

    I respect your skepticism about the tactics used, but I don’t wish embarrassment on anyone. That won’t make the New School a better educational environment.

  11. Emily Parson

    I agree that this is the best collection of photos I have seen. Great work. Thanks for being there. It was a memorable event, whether for the sake of “a bunch of privileged kids” or not. I think that this is what we call a successful step in the left direction.

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