Students crash regents’ meeting, protest Olens appointment

[private]Students from Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University brought to a temporary stop to the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday morning to protest the impending appointment of Attorney General Sam Olens as Kennesaw State’s next president.

They also opposed Georgia State’s purchase of Turner Field without getting more input from the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium.RegentsB12oct2016

“The purchase of Turner Field without a binding community benefits agreement will gentrify and displace the neighborhoods around Turner Field,” said one student.

“Attorney General Sam Olens is against protecting transgender students in the state of Georgia and consistently perpetuates violent language against the LGBT community,” another student charged.

“We demand a nationwide search for a qualified president, one who does not perpetuate the violence of homophobia, trans-phobia, islamophobia, racism, and zionism,” the student said.

Board chairman Kessel Stelling and the other regents left the room for about five minutes as the students kept up their call-and-response chanting. The protesters eventually filed out of the meeting room with their fists raised as state troopers and capitol police looked on.

The meeting quickly resumed and was back on agenda.

Olens is scheduled to be confirmed as the new Kennesaw State president Wednesday afternoon.

© 2016 by The Georgia Report


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