Past Events Gallery
On Monday, February 15, 2016 Reclaim Harvard Law occupied the fireside lounge in WCC, renaming it Belinda Hall forevermore. We reclaim this space for the students of color who are marginalized by this institution. Watch Belinda’s Story.
12/4/2015 – Community Meeting. Reclaim Harvard Law presents united demands and requests a response from Dean Minow by 9AM Monday, December 7.
12/7/2015 – Students of Reclaim Harvard Law visit Dean Minow’s office. Dean Minow is not present; students leave note reiterating demands and request for a response.
12/7/2015 – HLS Community Rallies after demands not accepted.
12/8/2015 – Students visit Dean Minow’s office a second time.
12/8/2015 – Fireside Chat – Day 1. Students sit in the Fireside Lounge and invite all HLS students, staff, and members to ask questions and engage in conversation.
12/9/2015 – Fireside Chat – Day 2. Students continue to sit in the Fireside Lounge and invite all to join.
12/9/2015 – Reclaim Harvard Law meeting with Dean Minow. Dean Minow and Dean Sells (Dean of Students) had reached out to eight students she believed to be leading the coalition for a meeting; they invited many of the other students and staff members who had been involved. Students discussed the demands with Dean Minow and Dean Sells, who reported that some of the demands were already in the process of being met through other initiatives, and that she believed she was constrained from agreeing to most of the demands by the HLS faculty.
12/10/2015 – #ReclaimHarvardLaw photographs. Reclaim Harvard Law posts photographs of students, staff, and faculty with individual “I ReclaimHarvardLaw because…” quotes. They are displayed in Wasserstein hallway outside an ongoing faculty meeting so that faculty could see the faces of, and read the voices of, community members making the demands.
12/11/2015 – Students hold a teach-in at Dean Minow’s office on Critical Race Theory.
2/15/2015 – Reclaim begins occupying the WCC Fireside Lounge. Reclaim renames the lounge Belinda Hall in honor of Belinda, who in 1783, at 63 years old, petitioned the Commonwealth of Massachusetts asserting her right to compensation for her years of enslavement.
We will assume the burden of educating ourselves and others in spite of this institution and not because of it. We will force this institution to become the educational environment which it has hitherto only pretended to be. In service to the goal of educating leaders who contribute to the advancement of justice and the well-being of society, we hereby rename the fireside lounge in WCC the Belinda Memorial Lounge. As of 8:00 PM, Monday, February 15, 2016, we reclaim that space for the students of color who are marginalized by this institution. We now occupy that space in service to the advancement of justice in our community and we invite all who are interested to join us in actually fulfilling the mission of the school.
- Reclaim Harvard Law in the Harvard Law Record, article here.
2/16/16 – Reclaim hosts a discussion about contextualizing education. The Queer Theory Reading Group and Feminist Theory Reading Group combine powers in solidarity with Reclaim HLS; Reclaim, Lambda, BLSA and QTPOC screen Brother Outsider in Belinda Hall.
2/17/16 – Political education continues in Belinda Hall. Derecka Purnell’s speaks about Global Campus Decolonization and student activism in the afternoon, followed by a Critical Race Theory discussion in the evening. Crimson coverage here.
2/18/16 – Professor Margaret Montoya stops by Belinda Hall to share institutional memory, history, narrative, theory, inspiration, and education. Reclaim students continue political education with a screening of Omar; Brandeis’ Ford Hall activists visit to share.
2/18/16 – Professor Margaret Montoya receives a standing ovation at La Alianza’s conference after discussing the history of Critical Race Theory, HLS’ past, and demonstrates contextual teaching.
2/20/16 – 2/21/16 – Reclaim hosts students from Yale, Occidental, and other Harvard schools!
2/22/16 – Belinda Hall occupation continues.
Reclaim hangs student activism timeline and releases secret faculty committees list
Professor Lani Guinier and Professor Gerald Torres teach: Why Critical Race Theory
Reclaim gathers for Critical Race Theory reading group
2/23/16 – Reclaim does outreach to LLMs, welcomes HLS Lambda for an event in Belinda Hall; activists Payton Head from Mizzou and Rini Sampath from USC share their experiences.
Reclaim LLMs welcoming other LLMs to Belinda Hall
Lambda General Body Meeting in Belinda Hall
Lambda General Body Meeting in Belinda Hall
Rini Sampath from USC shares experiences
Payton Head from Mizzou shares experiences
2/24/16 – Reclaim hosts Amer Zahr in a comedy show and discussion about Palestine.
2/25/16 – Reclaim members help custodial staff clean Belinda Hall after administration sent them at 6am to disrupt those sleeping in Belinda Hall.
2/25/16 – Reclaim hosts contextual learning discussions between faculty, clinicians, staff, and students in Belinda Hall.
2/25/16 – Reclaim hosts a housewarming for Belinda Hall.
2/26/16 – Reclaim hosts additional contextual learning discussions between faculty, clinicians, staff, and students in Belinda Hall.
2/26/16 – Reclaim hosts Professor Justin Hansford from Saint Louis University School of Law.
2/27/16 – Reclaim hosts high school students from Hyde Square.
2/29/16 – HUDS workers shared experiences and histories in Belinda Hall. I.e., HUDS threatened a walk-out when the University wanted to fire an early AIDs victim, had meetings with Derrick Bell about hiring a woman of color, and sat-in for a living wage.
3/1/16 – 3/25/16 – Continued political education in Belinda Hall.
Reading group on the Chicano Movement, black labor and black Feminist readings
Feminist Legal Theory Reading Group
Khiara Bridges’ Critical Race Theory Teach-In
Reclaim HLS stands with the workers of Harvard, SLAM, and the Graduate Student Union regarding campus dining service employees’ labor contracts, complete and affordable Healthcare, and allowing workers to work all year
Talk by Jesselyn Radack – attorney to Edward Snowden and a DOJ whistleblower herself
3/25/16 – Critical Race Theory Teach-In: 1L Torts, by Professor Justin Hansford (part of BLSA Conference: because freedom).
3/29/16 – Organizing and strategy talk with Marshall Ganz.
3/30/16 – Kamilah Willingham (California Women’s Law Center, discussed HLS in The Hunting Ground) visits Belinda Hall.
3/30/16 – 4/1/16 – Reclaim establishes “free-speech” related art pieces, some of which are removed by the administration.
Reclaim decorates Visiting Committee meeting with “I Reclaim Harvard Law Because” pictures and entries from Socratic Shortcomings
Reclaim students put up Socratic Shortcomings posts and financial facts pages during ASW
4/2/16 – Law and Anarchism Conference at HLS.
Speakers at Unbound’s Anarchism Conference
4/3/16 – Reclaim receives visit from Chuck Lawrence and Mari Matsuda, and their daughter Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence (Harvard ’16 and co-writer of Black Magic).
4/4/16 – Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres visit Belinda; Vida Urbana protests at HLS and talk with Reclaim students; Reclaim hosts bystander anti-oppression training.
Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres with Reclaim students
City Life and Reclaim Solidarity Meeting
Ted Wells visits Belinda
Sexual Violence Prevention in the Framework of Anti-Oppression Activism with Maike Isaac from OSAPR
4/6/16 – Palestine Teaches Life Conference, including “Building Solidarity from Baltimore to Bethlehem” with Remi Kanazi.
“Education is a Right, from Hebron to Harvard,” with university students visiting from Palestine
4/12/16 – “Black Student Movements from Boston to Capetown: A Conversation Between Rhodes Must Fall, Ford Hall and Belinda Hall.”
Ramabina Mahapa (Rhodes Must Fall and former President of the Student Representative Council at UCT), Phindile Kunene (Congress of South African Trade Unions), Masxiole Booi (Black Students Movement at Rhodes University and organizer with the Unemployed People’s Movement in Grahamstown), and Rima Chaudry (Ford Hall)
Learning from the Movement with Professor Tomiko Brown–Nagin
4/14/16 – Mik Kinkead delivers “State Violence Against (Trans+Cis) Women of Color,” and Gender Justice Political Education; One Harvard Worker Solidarity Protest.
Mik Kinkead, Director of SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project, speaks in Belinda
Rathna Ramamurthi, Reclaim leader, speaks at worker solidarity march
Gender Justice Political Education
4/15/16 – Tabias Olajuawon delivers a Dear Belinda and Derrick Talk
4/18/16 – Lessons from Puerto Rican Resistance, with Nora Vargas Acosta and William Ramirez.
Belinda Hall stands in Solidarity with the Frisco 5
5/2/16 – Belinda Hall Commencement