Day of Shame on SSU
Saturday, May 12th was a Day of Shame on Sonoma State University to protest the honorary doctorate degree that was given to former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill–one of the chief architects of the financial crisis.
This Wall Street fat cat has given $12 million of his ill-gotten money to SSU and is obviously garnering support and leverage from the Board of Trustees. He has pushed the Green family (the original donors for the music center) out of the board. Where will this big money and influence take us next?
Somber protests in the spirit of quiet shame for SSU were contrasted by congratulations for the students.
We were silent and respectful of the fact that this is still an important commencement for the legitimate students who have achieved their honors, so we reserved the shame only for the university’s Board of Trustees and any involved administrative staff including SSU President Armiñana and Mr. and Mrs. Weill. There was no heckling or jeering of any kind.
The Shame on SSU Coalition is planning future action to call attention to this ongoing shame and to demand revocation of the honorary degrees bestowed upon the Weills. These banksters will not be welcomed in our community and can not hide the wrongs they have done under a cloak of philanthropic diversion.