By Ben Mcdonald
- Protesters who delayed the traditional Harvard-Yale football game have had charges dropped.
- The protesters were required to complete community service in exchange for dropped charges.
Charges have been dropped against the climate change protesters who stormed the field of the November football game between Yale and Harvard.
The protesters who took to the field of the Yale and Harvard football game did so as a means to encourage the Ivy League universities to divest from fossil fuels, delaying the game for nearly an hour. After their display, they were charged with disorderly conduct.
At a December 6 hearing for the protesters, the judge required them to complete community service and then report back for their court date on January 27. He said that if they completed it, the charges would be dropped.
No, charges have been dropped for the protesters who appeared for their court dates after having completed their community service.
The official Twitter account for “Divest Harvard” tweeted their satisfaction with the Nov. 23rd protest proclaiming, “Over 150 Yale + Harvard students, alumni, faculty stormed the field at #HarvardYale to demand DIVESTMENT from fossil fuels & cancel holdings in Puerto Rican debt.”
At the hearing, the judge annulled the initial charges of trespassing after the students completed the community service.
“I think that we have generated more student power to continue to hold Yale accountable than we’ve had at any point in the past,” told the New Haven Register.
Geremy Schulich, a 2005 Yale School of Music graduate toldThe Register, “I think if we keep on pressing them, more prominent people, greater numbers of people start showing up to these protests, I think it could definitely put the pressure on.”
Campus Reform reached out to both Harvard and Yale but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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