National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance,
PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2012
WHO: The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore is a part of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR], which organizes direct action against
WHAT: On May 1, 2012, NCNR members sent a letter to Ronald J. Daniels, president of John Hopkins University, and Dr. Ralph Semmel, director of the Applied Physics Laboratory [APL], seeking a meeting to discuss killer drone research. Since
Around 12:15 PM on May 8, an NCNR entourage entered the president’s outer office to seek a meeting. A female assistant to the president graciously greeted the activists and indicated she would investigate if the letter was ever received. She never returned to speak with those of us concerned with drone research. Instead a male vice president came out and graciously listened to each activist’s concern. However, he informed us that the president was indisposed on a flight to
Soon thereafter, a parade of
After about six hours, some of the citizen activists were desperate to use a bathroom. Max Obuszewski challenged those inside the building, some 40 strong, not to follow an “illegal order” to deny access to a bathroom. All but one lacked the courage to question authority. However, a uniformed member of
Around a decade ago, there was an occupation of the building by students demanding that university personnel be paid a living wage. Memory suggests this occupation went on for ten days. So the NCNR activists--Ellen Barfield, David Barrows, Tim Chadwick, Cindy Farquhar, Joy First, Malachy Kilbride, Max Obuszewski, Manijeh Saba and Alice Suter--decided to depart at 8 PM, after reading the letter and singing the classic anthem VINE AND FIG TREE. We are resolved to return, despite the fact that since we “trespassed” we are subject to arrest if we are again on campus.
WHEN: The date of return is to be determined.
WHY: During the occupation, we had an opportunity to speak with various
We raised many questions: Who reviews the
Those who occupied the president’s office strongly believe in the