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Day Two

Late, but written nonetheless.

From the Gentrification Panel in 602 Hamilton:

Speakers came together from different groups and regions of NYC, including: Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE - Brooklyn), Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV - Chinatown), El Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio (East Harlem), Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment (FIERCE), and Community Group 9.

When asked what students can do about gentrification, panelists encouraged outreach to the campus body and, more importantly, interaction with members of the community. Near the end, Victoria Ruiz, one of the hunger strikers, stood up and explained that "this is what we're fighting for."

Students trickled out at about 9 pm, a little before the Q&A session, to begin the nightly vigil. Those who peered out their windows could see candles lit and placed atop the sundial. Supporters gathered in (once again) the piercing cold, their hands gripping the melting wax that tapered into Dixie cups. People walked by, bewildered and confused at these actions. Pausing in front of the banners, three jocks read slogans and laughed loudly amongst themselves.

And so it goes on.



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