The CUSU Women’s Campaign has nothing to do with the action taken at the Union in the early hours of this morning. We have planned a speaker event, starting at 1pm, which will give a platform to Nafissatou Diallo’s attorney, and Cath Elliott, to speak about the specific case against Strauss-Kahn, and broader problems for women who experience sexual violence in society. At 5.30pm we will be leading a non-violent protest to the Union, where we will have our own International Women’s Day speeches.
The CUSU Women’s Campaign and friends call on the Cambridge Union Society to disinvite Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Read the open letter we are sending them if you are interested, and sign the petition in support of this statement. Rape survivors do not get this kind of platform, and it is time that we listened to them.
This petition has now been delivered along with a letter requesting that the Union reconsider in light of the levels of support the petition has received. (4.3.12)
A random selection of student, national and international news coverage, along with blog posts on this so far:
Ex-Union Officials speak out against DSK invite: http://issuu.com/varsity/docs/issue755/3
‘DSK: Privileging the Predator’ comment piece: http://issuu.com/varsity/docs/issue755/9
CUSU Women’s Campaign clash with the Union over Dominique Strauss-Kahn: http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/4456
DSK at the Union?: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150542491024641
Big and clever? Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the Cambridge Union: http://earlymodernjohn.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/big-and-clever-dominique-strauss-kahn-at-the-cambridge-union/
Disinvite DSK/TCS Y U Love Violence: http://fuckyoufaithtaylor.tumblr.com/post/18186261953/disinvite-dsk-or-tcs-y-u-love-violence
Anger over Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s invitation to address Cambridge Union: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9104071/Anger-over-Dominique-Strauss-Kahns-invitation-to-address-Cambridge-Union.html
The Observer (26.02.2011), p. 24 – yet to go online
BBC World Service (last 6 minutes):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/ episode/p00nx7sx/Newshour_26_ 02_2012_(1200_GMT)/
Reuters UK: British students want Strauss-Kahn speech cancelled:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/ 2012/02/24/uk-britain-strauss- kahn-idUKTRE81N1VZ20120224
Who Still Invites DSK to Speak? asks Atlantic Wire journalist incredulously.
http:// www.theatlanticwire.com/global/ 2012/02/ who-still-invites-dsk-speak/ 49056/#.T0t7vryhCOw.facebook
Le Figaro: DSK indésirable à Cambridge:
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash- actu/2012/02/24/97001- 20120224FILWWW00582-gb-dsk- indesirable-a-cambridge.php
The Chicago Tribune: British students want Strauss-Kahn speech cancelled:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/ sns-rt-britain-strauss-kahn- update-1l5e8do8za-20120224,0, 6079