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Yale Students Walk Out of Graduation; The New School and Bard Make Progress in Their Demands

HeadlineMay 21, 2024

Over 150 Yale students staged a walkout Monday during their graduation ceremony. Some students wore red gloves to symbolize blood as they demand the Ivy League school divest from Israel. Students and faculty also carried signs with the words “Drop the charges” and “Protect free speech” in defense of the 45 protesters arrested during the police crackdown on Yale.

Meanwhile, here in New York, The New School Gaza Solidarity Encampment announced it reached a deal with the university’s Board of Trustees to hold a vote on divestment by June 14. The New School has been home to the country’s first faculty encampment. In New York state, students at Bard announced all of their demands around investments and transparency have been met, days after escalating their protest. The activists said that despite the victory, “there is no such thing as 'winning' in the midst of a genocide.”

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