UMass First Amendment Rally
The demonstration showing support for the right of free speech at UMass today was a big success! The president of the UMass Republican Club spoke:
As did the president of the UMass Democrat Club, with both sides united behind the principle of free expression for all.
The crowd wasn't huge, but it was still a solid turnout considering the dreary weather.
Shannon Hegy and a WGGB TV40 camera crew was there.
So was student media in the form of reporter S.P. Sullivan.
Representing the internet was Amherst's blog king Larry Kelley.
Some of the same protesters that disrupted the Don Feder speech last month appeared at the rally with signs, but aside from a few catcalls they were respectful of those who spoke.
Here's a little video of the scene.
In all it was a good public reaffirmation of the principle of free speech, and hopefully will help to insure that no disruptions of public forums will occur in the future.
Greetings and salutations on the Feast of Fools! Today's UMass Collegian was transformed into The Morning Wood.
Their slogan: "The First Thing You Grab in The Morning."
Someone took pink spray paint and wrote THE BRAIN RADIATES VERIZON KILLZ X0 on the Verizon building in downtown Northampton.
I wonder how long that will stay up.
Here is a cartoon from a 1985 issue of Relix Magazine.
(click to enlarge)
Some of the world's best music is being made in bedrooms.