Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rallies on Monday and Tuesday

Here is a rundown of upcoming events related to the State Board's firing of President Lariviere:

Monday in Portland: The big kahuna is the hastily announced public meeting of the State Board of Higher Education at 2:00 pm. The board will meet in private session at 2:00 and then open up to a public session at 3:00 pm. UO Senate Robert Kyr and ASUO President Ben Eckstein will be given an opportunity to speak before the vote. The Board will then vote and then open to floor to public comment (seems a bit backward, but why beat a process while it's down). Buses and carpools leave the UO campus at 12:30. There will be a pre-meeting gathering at the Oregon Business Institute in Portland. OBI is in the 200 Market Street building. Gathering of supporters in the public square outside of the main building at 1:30 or so is encouraged, although there is no formal events planned. If anything happens, it will be an occupy-style spontaneous event.

Monday in Eugene: The Facebook group Laviriere for UO President is planning a simultaneous demonstration on Monday at 2:00 pm outside Johnson Hall. Check in with them for updated details. In deference to the PDX events, the big Eugene rally will be Tuesday.

Tuesday in Eugene: Rally/March/Teach-in at noon on campus. Logistics are will be confirmed and announced Monday morning. Right now the plan is to rally at the EMU amphitheater with student, faculty, legislator, and local community speakers, followed by a brief march around campus. The march will end back at the amphitheater with an opportunity for the speakers and audience to engage in a discussion so that everyone can gain clarity on the underlying issues. Look for firm details tomorrow.

Stand by for further updates. Follow @weloveourpres on Twitter for regular updates.

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