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Reconsider the Smith College 2014 Commencement Speaker

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The following members of the Smith community request that you reconsider your decision to select Christine Lagarde as the commencement speaker for the class of 2014. By selecting Ms. Lagarde as the commencement speaker we are supporting the International Monetary Fund and thus going directly against Smith’s values to stand in unity with equality for all women, regardless of race, ethnicity or class. Although we do not wish to disregard all of Ms. Lagarde’s accomplishments as a strong female leader in the world, we also do not want to be represented by someone whose work directly contributes to many of the systems that we are taught to fight against. By having her speak at our commencement, we would be publicly supporting and acknowledging her, and thus the IMF. Even if we give Ms. Lagarde the benefit of the doubt, and recognize that she is just a good person working in a corrupt system, we should not by any means promote or encourage the values and ideals that the IMF fosters. The IMF has been a primary culprit in the failed developmental policies implanted in some of the world’s poorest countries. This has led directly to the strengthening of imperialist and patriarchal systems that oppress and abuse women worldwide. At Smith College, a school with a campaign called “Women for the World”, we are taught how to stand up and fight against inequality and corruption. We are taught to speak up when something is unjust, and we do not wish to be represented by a system that doesn’t support us.

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May 20, 2014
    May 20, 2014
    This is a stupid petition.
  • lilly flower
    lilly flower United States, Gig Harbor
    May 15, 2014
    May 15, 2014
    CHRISTINE LAGARDE FASCIST AND OLIGARCH'S PRIME BANKSTER PUPPET IS FULLY PLEDGED AND IS ON BOARD WITH THE WHOLE OLIGARCHY CON-JOB ON EU AND THE WORLD HI-JACKING POORER NATIONS TO DO A NUMBER ON THEM!!
    THESES BIG BAD ASS BANKSTERS AND CENTRAL BANKSTERS ARE ENDLESSLY RIPPING OFF EVERYONE THEY GET THEIR FANGS INTO!!
    WE SEE IT EVERYWHERE.. AND THE LAST 70 YEARS EVERYWHERE THEIR CIA COUNTER PARTS GO TO TAKE DOWN GOVT'S WHO OPPOSE US DOMINANCE AND IMPERIALISM! THEY DO FOLLOW!!IT' REALLY SICKENING TO SAY THE LEAST!!

    AND SEE WERE BIDEN'S SON IS NOW HEAD OF THE UKRAINE GAS CORP.

    ALL THIS HAS GO TO STOP.!!
  • Calm Down
    Calm Down United States, Northampton
    May 15, 2014
    May 15, 2014
    I'm not supporting you.
  • Bill theBruinsFan
    Bill theBruinsFan United States, Waltham
    May 15, 2014
    May 15, 2014
    Idiot, all women of accomplishment are conservative.
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