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Secret Service closes UNT building to ‘organized students’ on Wednesday


DENTON, Texas – At the behest of the Secret Service, the University of North Texas has closed one of its buildings to some of its students tomorrow afternoon, when four speakers were scheduled to address students and the public there. All four speakers had spoken today in Dallas at a rally protesting the George W. Bush Library and Policy Institute. Bush is scheduled to speak at UNT tomorrow evening

According to Brit Schulte, a UNT student, and member of the student group coalition bringing the speakers to UNT, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance received an email that said the group could no longer meet in the designated room because of security as per the Secret Service, and whereas it was fine for non-affiliated students and classes to meet there, organized students were not allowed to meet there.

Schulte said that they offered to reschedule the talks in a room in an obscure part of the campus, and the coalition refused the change. They were told that they would have to meet outside the perimeters of the “safety zone” that the Secret Service established.

Therefore, the “Truth & Accountability Teach-In,” scheduled to be held in the Gateway Center, will now be held outside in front of the Gateway Center at the University of North Texas, Denton, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m.

Teach-In facilitators will include Ray McGovern, U.S. Army Intelligence Officer; Directorate of Intelligence, CIA (30 years); Coleen Rowley, FBI whistleblower and 2002 Time Person of the Year; Medea Benjamin, author, activist, and co-founder of Global Exchange and Code Pink Women for Peace; and Col. Ann Wright, U.S. Army, (29 years); Foreign Service Officer, Department of State (16 years). The speakers are brought to UTD by The People’s Response, a coalition of state, local and national organizations.

Said Col. Ann Wright: “The only way illegal wars will end is when we prosecute those who order unlawful war. I hope that someday we will have one prosecutor in the United States with the courage to place the evidence against President Bush for torture and murder into a court of law.”

A student group-sponsored “Don’t Pay Bush” protest will follow the teach-in. The protest is in response to the $100,000 former President Bush is being paid to speak which will be taken out of student-paid activities fees in the midst of university system-wide budget cuts.

What: The People's Response Truth & Accountability Teach-In.

Where: In front of Gateway Center, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. http://www.unt.edu/pais/map/campusmap.htm

When: 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The People’s Response: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109135409149090

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