Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Gilchrist Walks Out Of Debate On Democracy Now!



From Democracy Now!

"The anti-immigration group the Minutemen Project announced yesterday that they are seeking to strip Coulumbia University of federal funding for what they say are violations of their civil rights. Last week, student demonstrators disrupted a speech by Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist who was invited to the school by the College Republicans.
Over 20 students stormed the stage after Gilchrist came to the microphone and two students unfurled a banner reading, "No One Is Illegal". On Friday, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger issued a statement that read in part: " The disruption on Wednesday night that resulted in the termination of an event organized by the Columbia University College Republicans in Lerner Hall represents, in my judgement, one of the most serious breaches of academic faith that can occur in a university such as ours."
Bollinger has vowed to launch an investigation into the student's actions. But a press conference on Monday, the students claim that they were assaulted. They point to a video taken by a reporter from Univision. They say it depicts a member of the Minutemen kicking a student in the head.
Yesterday, Democracy Now! was to have a debate/interview with both Jim Gilchrist of the Minutemen, & Karina Garcia, student organizer from Columbia University. But after Karina Garcia delivered a well-spoken, articulate, & well-thought out rebuttal to Gilchrist, he shut down, refusing to speak any longer due to legal issues. This was strange & cowardly, seeing as he did this right after Garcia told of the Minuteman caught on Univision's camera kicking in the face of a non-violent demonstrator!
Garcia was calm, cool, & collected as she recounted what went down. But Gilchrist walked away like a coward after obviously being beat in a debate, & that speaks volumes.
For the entire transcript of the debate/interview in which Gilchrist walks out, click HERE