Tent State XII Schedule: Weeklong Protest Camps Out at Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Tent State University, an annual weeklong protest and campout begins tonight on Rutgers' Voorhees Mall and runs through Friday April 25.

This annual event began in 2003 as a protest against funding cuts and skyrocketing tuition at Rutgers University. Over the years the protest has also focused on the Iraq War and other economic and social justice issues.

Several teach-ins and music shows are planned for this year’s Tent State, covering topics like economics and gender inequality, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the legal status of marijuana, activism techniques, and immigration.

Various community organizations and activists groups will be on hand throughout the week giving presentations, leading discussions on important issues, and promoting their causes.

Sherry Wolf will lead a discussion, at 5:30 pm tonight, how lesbians and gays struggled for liberation. 

At 7pm, the New Brunswick Renter's Union will talk about the rights of renters in New Brunswick.

Jewish activists will hold a "Freedom Seder" tonight at 8 pm, as it is during a period when Passover overlaps with the Tent State event. There will be a presentation accompanying that event. 

Tomorrow afternoon, at 2 pm, there will be a workshop on soaring tuition costs, hosted by Dr. Andy Urban, who will talk about how tuition increases have influenced education.  

On 3pm Wednesday, supporters of Palestine will teach a workshop about the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement.

Trans*Missions will hold a transgender workshop at 6 pm that night, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will be giving a teach-in about marijuana at 7:30 pm.

On the other side of town, the annual Take Back the Night march against domestic violence will begin at 7pm in the Jameson quad, located at the corner of Suydam Street and Nichol Avenue and make its way towards Tent State.

On Thursday, Rutgers Socialist Alternative will talk about perspectives on socialism, and the United Students against Sweatshops will give a presentation about Bangladeshi sweatshops before holding an anti-sweatshop rally.

Musical performances will occur each night and a few open mic events and writing workshops as well.

Huntington Poetry Club will hold an open mike for poets and musicians on Tuesday, and  Take Back The Night will hold one for people to speak out against domestic violence on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the student-run Rutgers Review newspaper will hold a writing workshop at 3 pm.

A spoken word and poetry workshop will be held at 7 pm on Thursday.


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Thursday, April 24

Friday, April 25

More speakers, workshops, and events will be announced.

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