December 3, 2016 1:35PM
In Hopes of furthering and fostering relationships & discussions with Hampshire College and the citizens of Amherst, Massachusetts #RaiseOurFlag organizers have made a decision to CANCEL the event.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; but we are doing this as an act of faith. In order for us to move forward peacefully as Americans, we must show signs of peace, Patriotism and gratefulness.
In light of all that is happening in our country, there are other areas that need our attention where the flag is being disrespected and mistreated. Once again, thank you Hampshire College for doing the right thing; and especially like to thank all #RaiseOurFlag supporters that have stood by Old Glory.
Victor A. Nunez Ortiz
Press Release: 1 December 2016
Upcoming #RaiseTheFlag Peaceful Demonstration #2 @Hampshire College
In response to the recent removal of the US flag at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, a peaceful protest had been scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 12:00pm. The peaceful gathering will be held at the East entrance, 893 West St.
All patriots are encouraged to attend.
The first amendment protects the freedom of speech – not the theft, arson or destruction of property. All of the crimes that were perpetrated against our Nation’s most recognized and respected symbol at Hampshire College. These actions are deplorable and those responsible need to be sought out and held accountable.
Those criminal acts performed on our nations most widely recognized symbol, shows pure ignorance and blatant disrespect to our nations pride, and our countries heroes.
In addition Massachusetts General Laws states; schools shall have a flag raised. In Accordance With: Chapter 71 Section 69.
Even though Hampshire College is a private school it received our tax dollars. Roughly $1.7 million was received in Federal Grants for the Academic year of 2015-2016.
It is understood that the acts were performed by only a few, and not the student body as a collective.
In addition the appalling acts were not performed just once, but twice with the latest incident being on Veterans Day.
Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash has not publicly condemned the theft and destruction of college property but has actually catered to a few college students ignorant, immature and criminal acts. Moreover, he has stated that our Flag has become “a disruptive symbol”
The purpose of the peaceful demonstration is to denounce the behaviors of these immature young adults. Condemn the unprofessional mollycoddling by Hampshires President. We also support the freezing of Federal Funds to the college.
In closing we respectfully request the presence of President Obama, President Elect Trump, Governor Baker, the Hamsphire College President, and its Board of Trustees.
These peaceful demonstrations will continue until our Nations Flag is raised!
Victor A. Nuñez Ortiz