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Stephanie McMillan Protests with the Stop OwlCatraz Coalition

March 18, 2013

Stephanie McMillan, author of Beginning of the American Fall (Seven Stories Press, 2012), recently took part in and wrote about an important student protest put on by the Stop OwlCatraz Coalition. Angered with a $6 million donation to Florida Atlantic University from GEO Group (an organization which runs more than a hundred for-profit prisons and youth and immigrant detention facilities known for horrible treatment of persons held within their walls) that lead to the school’s stadium being named for them, students, Earth First!ers, an ACLU attorney, FL Immigrant RightsCoalition, and members of the media gathered on February 25th to protest and march on the school President’s office.

After a sit-in in her office and heated negotiations, the school President, Mary Jane Saunders, agreed to meet with students. Though Saunders scheduled the open meeting for the first day of spring break, over 250 people attended. The final outcome of the talks was that the school intended to keep the money and name the stadium after the donor, despite the students’ concerns.

The first football game at the new stadium is scheduled for April 20th, but the students’ fight continues. The struggle was a topic on the Colbert Report, and The Nation declared Stop OwlCatraz one of the top ten most important student mobilizations in the current period.

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