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Craighead Wrong on ‘Violence’ Definition

This letter is in response to Matt Craighead’s opinion piece from May 4, “The Mob at Harvard.” He states that that the Progressive Student Labor Movement at Harvard is a terrorist group because it is using “violence” to further a political cause. While occupying a building can be considered an illegal act, it does not constitute violence.

If Craighead is seeking an example of local and systemic violence, let him consider Harvard’s employment policy. At least 1,179 Harvard workers earn less than $10.25 per hour, the minimum wage that the city of Cambridge states a worker needs to be able to reside in Cambridge.

In addition, many of these workers lack basic benefits such as health insurance. This often forces workers to live over an hour away from Harvard University, to take a second full-time job, to skimp on sleep, to go without spending time with their families, and to work even when they are ill. Compelling people to live under such conditions is truly violent.

Payal Parekh G