The following is a report by one of the organizers of the Brownsville Walkouts Against the Border Wall. The administration at UT Brownsville has been attempting to disband groups and punish anyone involved, but apparently the seeds of awareness have been planted on campus and so EL MOVIMIENTO CONTINUA…
“We got together on campus, and we found out that a professor had made it mandatory to attend the protest. (He did that though so the class can see how a protest goes on, and to just be stand-byers just watching us). Though it sounds odd, the reason was because- WE ARE MAKING HISTORY. No one's heard of protesting here. I don't want to say it's the first time, but for UT-Brownsville students to get up and do something- I can say confidently that I think we were!
While protesting though- it was obvious that he was standing WITH US and NOT as a gazer, and out of the 30 students in the class- 10 actually asked for a sign and started chanting with us! Something the professor didn't know was going to happen.
So we started meeting up around 12, and started walking towards the bridge at 12:20. We passed out the bottled water, and I went over the rules with everyone. (No cursing, don't be stupid, keep in line, no [messing] around).
While walking towards the bridge, we got joined by the class and we met up with other comrades with the signs at the bridge. (We coudn't have the sign on campus due to the "rules"). So bam! We got there, news was there covering and after 30 minutes of protesting and marching downtown, we got met up by 4 COP CARS and up to 7 or 8 police.
We all thought we were [going to be shut down], but they were just there to "keep order and make sure no one got out of hand". And of course, they video-recorded us.
Protest lasted about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
It was a great turn out.
You should have been there!
You can view footage at www.myspace.com/marioivan