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News :: Environment : Organizing : Race
Prospective BU Students Informed of Biolab During Campus Tours
22 Feb 2006
Seven Boston University (BU) campus tours were interrupted today by members of Operation: Over to inform the prospective students about BU’s proposed BioSafety Level 4 (BSL-4) lab in Roxbury. These interruptions were intended to promote the boycott of BU that Operation: Over has called.
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Seven Boston University (BU) campus tours were interrupted today by members of Operation: Over to inform the prospective students about BU’s proposed BioSafety Level 4 (BSL-4) lab in Roxbury. These interruptions were intended to promote the boycott of BU that Operation: Over has called.

The boycott is calling for high school students who are considering attending BU to reconsider, on the grounds that their tuition money will go towards funding the proposed BSL-4 lab, which will be built in a densely populated, low-income community of color against its wishes.

While one person handed out fliers about the boycott and pre-written letters, another spoke about the issue, occasionally having to speak over the tour guides. The letter, addressed to BU President Robert Brown, expresses dissatisfaction with BU’s plan to build the Biolab and states that the signer, who was considering attending BU, will now refuse to do so until the Biolab project is cancelled. Prospective students can sign the letter and mail it to Brown.

Over the course of the day, the activists gave roughly 60 prospective students and their parents information about the boycott, to the noticeable dismay of BU. Operation: Over plans to continue interrupting campus tours for weeks to come.

Operation: Over, a nonviolent direct action campaign against militarism in Boston, has organized several actions against the Biolab, including two late-night demonstrations outside of BU President Robert Brown's home this month. The campaign has recently called for a boycott of BU, and these campus tour interruptions were the first in a series of actions intended to promote the boycott.
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See also:
http://operationover.freeyouth.net/

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