For weeks now we’ve been debating back and forth about the Pacifica Forum, and the subsequent maneuvering its protesters have done to try to make the discussion about “student safety”. It came to a head last week when the ASUO Senate Rules Committee passed a resolution that politely asked the Pacifica Forum to fuck off.
It seems that through a highly convoluted series of events, the Student Insurgent has coincidentally “intercepted” a message from Billy Rojas, which has been denied as being a fake. Even if the e-mail is real, it’s long and boring and I don’t really need to go over its contents. The best part is that the Black Tea Society has decided to call on anti-Pacifica supporters from all over the state to protest the next Pacifica meeting on the 12th because of the e-mail.
Here’s where it gets juicy. The Black Tea Society intends to bring militants to the University of Oregon campus in order to protest the Pacifica Forum. That’s right… militants.
“Militants wishing to participate in this action should arrive in front of Agate Hall on the University of Oregon campus, this Friday February 12th at 4:30pm”
In case you didn’t read that correctly, that means the anti-Pacifica people–the ones concerned with student safety–are bringing militants to our area. Their reasoning?
“The Northwest is front line of the the battle against the fascism, many of their ilk are hoping to make this part of the country where they make their stand, it is also where we and all students of history will put an end to them. ( we mean end philosophically of course)”
Oh, philosophically. Well in that case, right this way sirs. My fears are put to rest, and this no longer seems highly hypocritical, since you mean to end their existence “philosophically”. Here I was thinking that inviting militants–which, mind you, is a far different term than mere “protesters” and takes on the assumption that by calling a group “militants” they are inherently a group that is unafraid to use violence as a means of enforcing their views–was a bad idea. Now I see that everything’s OK because you’re going to battle them philosophically.
Although I admit it would be hilarious to watch a bunch of smelly, protein-deficient freegans mix it up with a group of old men, I find it hard to believe that the Black Tea Society, and the anti-Pacifica movement in general, doesn’t see this as an inherent escalation of the situation in general. Bringing a violent-minded group to such a hostile environment will inevitably only exacerbate things, and if things go south–if violence breaks out–their entire argument goes to pot.
Further, the fact that they use words and phrases like “battle” and “make their stand” conjures up images of a violent nature. I understand that it’s just neohippie babble being used to stir up some testosterone, but it seems hardly a smart idea being as how they’ve been harping on the Pacifica Forum for “inciting violence”.
I can see it now–too many DPS and EPD officers, masked trustafarians with drums and a very old man in a wheelchair. Components of a massive riot. I find it amazing that the anti-Pacifica side of this debate has been the first side to publicly and specifically call individuals of a violent nature to this campus.
Actually, now that I think about it, it’s not that surprising.
My question now is where is the ASUO Senate on all of this? Will there be a separate resolution banning anti-anti-Pacifica violent protesters as well? Not to disappoint you, but that resolution could have been. A student (who shall remain nameless until I acquire his permission) turned in to us an edition of the resolution that had more general denunciations of bigotry and perpetrators of an “unsafe environment” on campus.
The purpose of this more general, less Pacifica-specific language? “To include the campus protesters. Technically, according to University bigotry codes, many of them qualify,” he said (If I get the permission to, I’ll publish the resolution that could have been). In the meantime, I’ve got a big, shiny penny for anyone who files a resolution, and gets it sponsored, that says the ASUO stands resolute against individuals or groups who knowingly bring militant, dangerous groups to campus.
In any case, I won’t be attending the Pacifica meeting for fear of my safety. You know, because of the militants.