Professors Speaking Out

In my undergraduate days in the sixties, kindly professors of art history and French literature would interrupt their work to go to Washington to demand their senators stop funding the war.  Many of us remember those who were not afraid to speak out against injustice and illegal activity on the part of the US government–in their classes, in their books and articles.  I have been longing for some of that kind of leadership for a long time.

Here is a link to a statement by US professors and writers who are speaking out against the inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning.  Among them is Marjorie Cohn, whose work was recently the subject of a post on this blog.

Let us not wait for the academic leaders to lead us in stopping the crimes of the US government against its own citizens and those of other countries, but let us encourage those who are leading in this way.

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