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Flags commemorating 9/11 taken down as political statement
Middlebury Beat ^ | 9/12/13 | LDubs

Posted on 09/13/2013 7:52:27 AM PDT by raccoonradio

UPDATE (9/12/13): Here is part of a statement written by Amanda Lickers, the woman Shireman-Grabowski claimed to assist in removing the flags. Lickers says she is a member of the Onondowa’ga Nation, which is a part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The statement was posted in an article on the website Climate Connections:

yesterday i went to occupied abenaki territory. i was invited to middlebury college to facilitate a workshop on settler responsibility and decolonization. i walked across this campus whose stone wall structures weigh heavy on the landscape. the history of eugenics, genocide and colonial violence permeate that space so fully like a ghost everywhere descending. it was my understanding that this site is occupying an abenaki burial ground; a sacred site.

walking through the campus i saw thousands of small american flags. tho my natural disdain for the occupying colonial state came to surface, in the quickest moment of decision making, in my heart, i understood that lands where our dead lay must not be desecrated. in my community, we do not pierce the earth. it disturbs the spirits there, it is important for me to respect their presence, their want for rest.

my heart swelled and i knew in my core that thousands of american flags should not penetrate the earth where my abenaki brothers and sisters sleep. we have all survived so much – and as a visitor on their territories i took action to respect them and began pulling up all of the flags.

i was with 4 non-natives who supported me in this action. there were so many flags staking the earth and their hands helped make this work faster. this act of support by my friends, as settlers, tho small was healing and inspiring. we put them away in black garbage bags and i was confronted by a nationalistic-settler, a young white boy who attends the college demanding i relinquish the flags to him. i held my ground and confiscated them. i did not want to cave to his support of the occupying, settler-colonial, imperalist state, and the endorsing of the genocide of indigenous peoples across the world.

UPDATE (9/12/13): Everyone from HuffPo to India Country Media Network has covered the action. It has seriously gone viral.

UPDATE (9/12/13 11:51AM): Business Insider also posted about it on their website.

UPDATE (9/12/13 11:16AM): Fox Nation’s website has posted an excerpt of Campus editor Kyle Fink ’14‘s story.

UPDATE (9/12/13 10:50AM): President Ronald D. Liebowitz has addressed the matter in an all-school email. He says he was ”deeply disturbed by the insensitivity” of “this selfish act of protest” and that “[t]he College has begun a disciplinary investigation of this incident.”

UPDATE (9/11/13 11:44PM): Anna Shireman-Grabowski ’15.5 has come forward to confirm her involvement in disposing of the American flags and that she is the person kneeling in the picture. She also said that the other individuals were “non-Middlebury students.” In a written statement she wrote:

“Today I chose to act in solidarity with my friend, an Indigenous woman and a citizen of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy who was appalled to see the burial grounds of another Indigenous nation desecrated by piercing the ground that their remains lay beneath.”
We’ve posted the entirety of her statement below the jump.

UPDATE: The flags have been replaced by Harris and a group of students (see comments below post).

ORIGINAL: At around 2:45PM this afternoon a group of people took down the American flags placed in front of Mead Chapel by the College Republicans and Democrats (Updated 8:45PM) to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. Four women and one man piled them into garbage bags and took them away.

Julia Madden ’14 and College Republican member Ben Kinney Harris ’15 confronted the group as they disposed of the flags. According to Madden, the group only identified themselves by saying they were there on behalf of the Abenaki people. middbeat does not yet know who the individuals are and if any of them are Middlebury students.

When Madden and Kinney asked about what they were doing they replied that it was disrespectful to the Abenaki people to put the Abenaki’s colonizers’ flags on their land. When Kinney asked if he could have the flags back since his organization purchased them, they refused and left with them.

“I was dumbfounded that someone could be that disrespectful about something that affected everyone in this country and that everyone should recognize,” said Madden in a phone interview.

If you have any more information about this or thoughts about it, please send it in to middbeat@gmail.com or comment below.

Shireman-Grabowski’s Statement:

Today I, along with a group of non-Middlebury students, helped remove around 3,000 American flags from the grass by Mead Chapel. While I was not the only one engaged in this action and the decision was not solely mine, I am the one who will see you in the dining halls and in the classroom, and I want to take accountability for the hurt you may be feeling while clarifying the motivations for this action.

My intention was not to cause pain but to visibilize the necessity of honoring all human life and to help a friend heal from the violence of genocide that she carries with her on a daily basis as an indigenous person. While the American flags on the Middlebury hillside symbolize to some the loss of innocent lives in New York, to others they represent centuries of bloody conquest and mass murder. As a settler on stolen land, I do not have the luxury of grieving without an eye to power. Three thousand flags is a lot, but the campus is not big enough to hold a marker for every life sacrificed in the history of American conquest and colonialism.

The emails filling my inbox indicate that this was not a productive way to start a dialogue about American imperialism. Nor did I imagine that it would be. Please understand that I am grappling with my complicity in the overwhelming legacy of settler colonialism. Part of this process for me is honoring the feelings and wishes of people who find themselves on the other side of this history.

I wish to further clarify that members of the local Abenaki community should in no way be implicated in today’s events. Nor can I pretend to speak to their feelings about flags, burial sites, or 9/11.

etc


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Vermont; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; academicbias; amandalickers; antiamericanism; blameamericafirst; climateconnections; flagprotest; haudenosaunee; middlebury; onondowaga; vermont; waronterror
Middlebury College, a very expensive school to go to. This woman is evidently a very rich IDIOT

>>but to visibilize the necessity of honoring all human life and to help a friend heal from the violence of genocide that she carries with her on a daily basis as an indigenous person. While the American flags on the Middlebury hillside symbolize to some the loss of innocent lives in New York, to others they represent centuries of bloody conquest and mass murder. As a settler on stolen land


---rolling my eyes---shaking my head---
1 posted on 09/13/2013 7:52:27 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Just SHUT-UP and open a CASINO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 posted on 09/13/2013 7:54:54 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: raccoonradio

Is this in Middlebury, VT?


3 posted on 09/13/2013 7:56:42 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: bandleader
Had same thought, apparently this would be eligible to open a casino.

More here:
Two of five unidentified protestors uproot flags dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in a midday protest.
A 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site.

The flags — meant to commemorate each of the 2,977 lives taken in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — have been posted in the grass between Mead Chapel and the Davis Family Library annually in a joint effort between the College Republicans and Democrats for nearly 10 years.


Ben Kinney ’15, president of the College Republicans, spent two hours putting the flags outside of Mead Chapel on Tuesday night, and happened to be walking up the hill towards the chapel when he saw four females and one male stuffing the miniature flags into black trash bags.

“I got there just as they were taking the very last of them out of the ground and putting them in piles,” he said. “At first, I (thought) the group was comprised of College Democrats helping put the flags away before the rain rolled in, but then I realized what they were doing.”

Kinney said the protestors told him they were “confiscating” the flags in protest of “America’s imperialism.” Julia Madden ’14, was walking back from Proctor when she saw the five people uprooting the flags.

“I was just getting out of class, but when I saw what they were doing I decided to say something,” she said. “They were quickly putting them into two big plastic trash bags. I’m mad at myself for not being more aggressive. I was just dumbfounded. There was no discussion. No compromise. We asked if we could put them somewhere else, but they wouldn’t listen.”

4 posted on 09/13/2013 7:58:28 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Your people lost, squaw.

Get over it.


5 posted on 09/13/2013 7:58:52 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: raccoonradio

Amanda Lickers

No doubt.


6 posted on 09/13/2013 7:59:22 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Arm_Bears
>>Your people lost

They won in Massachusetts

7 posted on 09/13/2013 8:00:07 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
As a settler on stolen land, I do not have the luxury of grieving without an eye to power. Three thousand flags is a lot, but the campus is not big enough to hold a marker for every life sacrificed in the history of American conquest and colonialism.

Legacy of 20 years of constant attacks on Israeli "settlers" on "stolen" "Palestinian land".

8 posted on 09/13/2013 8:00:43 AM PDT by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: raccoonradio

I could not read past the first few sentences.

This woman is totally deranged and consumed with bitterness for events which have no more bearing on her than Henry VIII’s relations with Anne Boleyn has on you & I.

Fruitcake!


9 posted on 09/13/2013 8:01:15 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: Cobra64
Indeed, a mere $44k/yr for tuition. Middlebury is in a scenic town with many academic buildings, dorms, athletic facilities...you don't have to be rich to attend there as it's said some can get about $36k/yr in financial aid and/or scholarships. That helps.


10 posted on 09/13/2013 8:07:40 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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“Lickers...”

No, no...resist, I much...


11 posted on 09/13/2013 8:07:46 AM PDT by moovova
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To: raccoonradio

The dirtbags stole flags that belonged to someone else? Have them arrested.


12 posted on 09/13/2013 8:08:45 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: raccoonradio

Shouldn’t these people be charged with theft? Those flags cost money, even if it was 50 cents each, that’s still a lot added up. Refusing to give them back after being asked sure reads like theft to me.


13 posted on 09/13/2013 8:08:58 AM PDT by twyn1
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To: raccoonradio; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...

Howie Carr list ping


14 posted on 09/13/2013 8:09:11 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: who knows what evil?

No doubt she’ll reply that “well, you stole our native land”.
Two wrongs must make a right.


15 posted on 09/13/2013 8:10:10 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: BenLurkin
Amanda Lickers

I'm taking odds that she will receive a text message from Andrew Weiner within the next 3 days.

16 posted on 09/13/2013 8:15:19 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: raccoonradio

I don’t think the sheriff will buy into that...


17 posted on 09/13/2013 8:16:02 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: raccoonradio

Theft of property. If those flags cost more than $0.335/each, times 3,000, then it’s felony (4th degree) grand larceny in NY State.


18 posted on 09/13/2013 8:17:13 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: raccoonradio

From Midd. College’s facebook by Mark Carolla:


I called President Liebowitz’s office yesterday. I’m an alum class of 1972 and the son of the first woman to receive an MA from the Italian Summer School. I’m also a Veteran by virtue of Middlebury Army ROTC...and as a serving US Defense Dept intelligence officer in Washington on 9/11 and being a New Yorker was personally affected by the event and, with my wife, on 9/11 serving as a United Airlines supervisor at Dulles Airport this is VERY personal. As they would say at the Italian School - questo e un’infammia! This was not a victimless crime as the entire extended Middlebury Community, and as Mr. Elliott has implied, the reputation and honor of the College on the Hill has been affected. Never during the Anti-War demonstrations and activities was there such barbaric behavior.

When I called President Liebowitz’s office yesterday I spoke with Ms.McBride and strongly urged and respectfully demanded as a member of the Middlebury Community that those responsible for this heinous, arrogant and disrespectful act be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law — theft, destruction of property, vandalism, and for the non students tresspassing come to mind at the local level...violation of civil rights also comes to mind. As for the Midd students who were seen doing this - this is obviously a violation of everything Middlebury stands for and standards of conduct.

As a very minimum they should be suspended for a year and I believe that expulsion would be an appropriate punishment - for the non-students getting a court order restraining them from ever coming onto campus should be easy. I’m hoping Presidrent Liebowitz will do more than deplore and am encouraged by his “disciplinary investigation” which I hope will result in severe sanctions opposed on those who did this. Thank you.


19 posted on 09/13/2013 8:23:13 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: BwanaNdege

Thieving savage


20 posted on 09/13/2013 8:24:43 AM PDT by lrdg
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To: raccoonradio

Have the thieves been punished in any way?


21 posted on 09/13/2013 8:26:50 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: twyn1
a young white boy who attends the college demanding i relinquish the flags to him. i held my ground and confiscated them

Wow!!! Five adults to one white boy! What "bravery"!!!!

Actually they should be charged with 'bullying" and a an "hated crime" since these are "en vogue" with the liberal elite.

btw; What friggin "adult" uses an lowercase "i" if they expect to be taken seriously?
22 posted on 09/13/2013 8:27:02 AM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: raccoonradio
The MiddColl student involved in this:
Middlebury College asked to pull gas pipeline support


Anna Shireman-Grabowski, a Middlebury Collegesophomore, presents a petition to Patrick Norton, chief financial officer

>>Anna Shireman-Grabowski, a sophomore at Middlebury College, who led the charge Tuesday said they have had a lot of trouble reaching college officials regarding the issue. She said they tried to approach the college in March to start a dialogue, but efforts have been thwarted at every turn.

23 posted on 09/13/2013 8:29:08 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Like I said yesterday, this story should be about these folks getting a good beat-down. Back in the day they would have been tarred and feathered, and next time they'd know better.

What kind of pussies just stand around and watch this shit happen? Today's Vermonters, I guess.

24 posted on 09/13/2013 8:30:02 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: raccoonradio
She writes for Salon too
>>Middlebury College’s fracking problem
The progressive liberal arts school is supporting a controversial natural gas pipeline
JAY SAPER AND ANNA SHIREMAN-GRABOWSKI, WAGING NONVIOLENCE
25 posted on 09/13/2013 8:31:13 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

The Abenaki tribute fought along with King Philip and were a bunch of serial killing savages. No possible act of desecration could go far enough for these savages in my opinion. A permanent memorial should go up on that campus to honor the settlers who were viciously murdered by this tribe and the Wampanoags. The settlers did NOT start that war.


26 posted on 09/13/2013 8:32:58 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: raccoonradio
The era of 'feelings' which trumps everything else including consideration of others. Especially true when the feeling is 'victimhood' and the place is academia. Remember Lenin, Trotsky, Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol-Pot were all quite sincere in their feeling that they had the right to murder!
27 posted on 09/13/2013 8:38:55 AM PDT by SES1066 (To expect courteous government is insanity!)
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To: raccoonradio
More via Breitbart

>>More than 200 colleges and high schools across the nation participated in Young America's Foundation's 9/11: Never Forget Project. Students came together to establish an American flag memorial on campus consisting of 2,977 flags representing each person murdered in the terrorist attacks.

Unfortunately, five student protesters at Middlebury College ripped the flags out of the ground before 3:00 pm. The 9/11: Never Forget Project has been an annual nonpartisan event at Middlebury College for the past ten years. By participating in the 9/11: Never Forget Project, students honor the victims of the attacks, as well as honor the American principles for which they died. Middlebury student groups spent nearly two hours setting up the flag display yesterday morning. The protesters told Ben Kinney, president of the conservative club on campus, they were "confiscating" the flags in protest of "America's imperialism."
The protesters refused to compromise with the students because the flags were supposedly located on an "Indian burial ground and you can't have anything penetrating the Earth."

[YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING--me]

By removing the display of 2,977 flags, not only did the five protesters disrespect their fellow students who worked hard on setting up the display, but they also took away the chance for other students to remember the victims of the horrific attacks 12 years ago. These five student protesters should be immediately sent to diversity training regarding respect for others' freedom of speech. What they did was neither noble nor righteous, it was irrational and disrespectful. Each of them should apologize for dismantling a beautiful display honoring American heroes.

UPDATE: The vandals were quick to reference their heritage, but in an email to the Huffington Post the school's director of public affairs, Sarah Ray, admitted it has "never before been suggested that this is a Native American burial ground." We have grown tactlessly familiar with leftists, such as Elizabeth Warren and Ward Churchill, hiding behind made-up Native American backgrounds to cover their own prejudice toward others. Two of the vandals have published statements on Climate-Connections.com only proving their intolerance.

28 posted on 09/13/2013 8:40:47 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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The protesters refused to compromise with the students because the flags were supposedly located on an "Indian burial ground and you can't have anything penetrating the Earth."

What about grass & tree roots? Earthworms? Grubs? are those okay? Sheesh!

BTW -- I am an American Indian (Pamunkey) and I still think this is stupid plus!

29 posted on 09/13/2013 8:45:19 AM PDT by twyn1
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To: raccoonradio

I don’t see the address for her tee pee, did I miss that?


30 posted on 09/13/2013 8:49:30 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: twyn1

Middlebury College has been long known as a liberal/communist cesspool. It’s amazing a few token Republicans survive there.


31 posted on 09/13/2013 8:56:38 AM PDT by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: raccoonradio

This idiot needs to be institutionalized.


32 posted on 09/13/2013 9:31:12 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio

I guess using capital letters and not making up words would be “acting white”....


33 posted on 09/13/2013 9:32:26 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: raccoonradio

1. Each of these mutants should be charged with vandalism and tresspassing.
2. If students they should be expelled.
3. If faculty they should be fired.
4. All should be required to take sensitivity traing and pay a large fine.

The term “settler colonist” is used by several of these disrespectful intolerant goons which suggests it is something they learned in some minority studies course. IYAM all these courses do is promote anti-americanism and hatred. If I were king they would all be shut down.


34 posted on 09/13/2013 9:53:18 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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"...located on an "Indian burial ground and you can't have anything penetrating the Earth." "

Then HOW did the Indians get buried, if you can't have anything penetating the earth? My God, the stupidity!

35 posted on 09/13/2013 10:18:36 AM PDT by jackibutterfly (Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth. :-))
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To: jackibutterfly

I always though it was the Plains Indians and adjoining tribes who did burials in the sky, not the ones in East.

...Indian burial ground and you can’t have anything penetrating the Earth.”

Like a building that’s steel was erected by Mohawk Indians? The WTC was one of their proudest accomplishments and it’s now gone due to terrorists.

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/comment/6241


36 posted on 09/13/2013 12:16:51 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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