The campaign our group, The Student Response to the Genocide Awareness Project, promoted was one of taking a different path – both emotionally and physically – than one normally would when faced with such violence. We asked people to disengage, to ignore the provocations of the GAP staff, and to walk a different way across campus if at all possible and avoid the GAP exhibit all together….
We had a carnival on the other side of campus to provide students with a fun, safe space to find community and distraction from the GAP display.
[W]hile our opinions about abortion are varied, we agree that the GAP’s tactics of exploiting others’ experiences and causing undue emotional trauma are unacceptable.
We live in a community where many people from many different areas of the world have relocated as refugees and asylum seekers from places where they expericed [sic] the effects of genocide. We feel that it is amoral, unethical and extremely distasteful for the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform… to co-opt and capitalize on the painful experiences of so many people for their own gain….
~ University of Southern Maine student Mea Tavares, explaining why she organized an avoidance protest against a graphic display of aborted babies. as quoted by The Portland Daily Sun, April 13. The group also hung a painted sheet [click to enlarge] with the words, “Try Compassion and Civility,” to obstruct the view.
[Photo via The Portland Daily Sun]