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5/20/2005

Filibusters for Democracy Spreading Across Maine and Nationwide

Source: FilibusterFrist.com

The Filibuster for Democracy movement is spreading rapidly across the country from its nexus at Princeton University as students, faculty, and concerned citizens demonstrate their opposition to the “nuclear option.” As of today, mock filibusters in support of the filibuster have taken place or are ongoing at thirty campuses nation-wide, with at least six more slated to begin within the week, at a time when most colleges and universities are out of session.

Maine is on the forefront of nationwide campus activism against the "nuclear option," with filibusters at the University of Maine-Orono, the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and Bates College, and also in downtown Portland. The list has been growing minute by minute, and filibuster protests are in the planning stages in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Vermont, and more states.

At Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, a filibuster has now passed its 24-hour mark, braving rain and darkness. The college president, Elaine Tuttle Hansen, participated yesterday afternoon. “The filibuster participants hope to raise awareness about the filibuster, Senator Frist's attack on its Constitutional legitimacy, and the dire consequences for our democracy if the Senate were to approve the ‘nuclear option,’” said student organizer Nick Violi.

A list of campuses and states with filibusters is appended to this release. Asterisks mark the small number of campuses where plans are confirmed for within the week, but events have not yet taken place.

Further information on these filibusters, including contact information for their student organizers, is available at FilibusterFrist.com.

Campuses: American University, Amherst College*, Bates College, Boston College, Boston University, Carleton College, Cornell University, Dickinson College, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Howard University, Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, Northeastern University, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Stanford University in California, Trinity University, Tufts University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maine at Orono*, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor*, University of Nebraska at Lincoln*, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern Maine at Portland*, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Texas at Austin, Vassar College, Washington State University*, Wellesley College, Western Kentucky University, Wichita State University in Kansas, Yale University.

States: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan*, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington*

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