Breaking: USC students sitting in at school president’s offices

Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing reports that USC students “are occupying the school president’s offices, protesting the use of sweatshop labor in the production of school merchandise.” This is apparently in defiance of the university’s elusive “free speech zone” policy that Cory says campus security will use to shutdown protests but school officials denies exists.

A message board posting announcing the sit in claims the students “are being threatened with academic discipline up to/in excess of suspension, in addition to arrest.” (from

Cory, who is currently teaching at USC, promises to update Boing Boing with photos very soon.

5 thoughts on “Breaking: USC students sitting in at school president’s offices”

  1. The notion of a “Free Speech Zone” at any U.S. university is just god damned un-American. The officials who authorize this need to be called out for what they are: Enemies of our country and its Constitution. Men and women are dying for the freedoms that these school officials are so willing to deny. How in the hell are they even allowed to keep their jobs?

  2. Good for students. Good for USC for defying them.

    Protesting in a non free speech zone is exactly what free speech is about.

    USC should not have to bow to this pressure. Nike has to right to not sign with a factory that employs union workers.

  3. “The notion of a “Free Speech Zone” at any U.S. university is just god damned un-American.”

    Unfortunately, as a private institution, they can do just that. That said, I’m on the protesters’ side with regard to the use of sweatshop labor.

  4. Glad to have some support. I wasn’t one of the students in the sit-in inside the building, but I was briefly part of the protesting outside.

    Aside from the usage of sweatshops issue, this whole thing is sad for many reasons. It’s sad that USC won’t even bother to discuss with students this issue. And it’s sad that USC resorted to things like threatening suspension and calling their parents.

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