ENLACE Supports Survivors and Ongoing Protest of Fraternities on Swarthmore’s Campus
We, students of ENLACE at Swarthmore College, write this letter in support of the sit-in at the Phi Psi fraternity house, led by Organizing for Survivors (O4S) and the Coalition to End Fraternity Violence. We believe and support survivors. The current sit in is a non-violent protest with the goal of ending the fraternities on this campus who have a long history of sexual violence against Swarthmore students. It is absolutely unacceptable that Phi Psi members called Swarthmore Police on the peaceful protesters putting many protestors - particularly Black students, undocumented, and international students - at risk. The administration and the fraternities should be ashamed of the harm they are causing and the silence that they have taken on these issues.
It is of the utmost importance that we all recognize fraternities on this campus have a history of violence, misogyny, homophobia, and racism that must immediately be taken action upon. These fraternities have not at all been a welcoming space to people of color, trans, non-binary, LGBTQ+, womxn, black, and indigenous people. These communities are among the most affected by the sexual violence and harm done by the fraternities. This was made even more evident by the 117-page leak of the minutes that Phi Psi has written themselves where they target minority communities with jokes and threats. The administration has lacked any immediate call to action to end the violence. There have been very few steps taken to protect survivors. We, as Swarthmore students, have a right to access and feel welcomed in those spaces. Swarthmore must terminate the leases, close the bedrooms, and end all fraternity activity for good.
We ask of all ENLACE and Swarthmore to join in on this sit-in. Show your support and show the administration we want change and we want it now. Arrest is unlikely, but those protesting outside the house are guaranteed safety. The police will warn us if arrests will be made, in which case, we understand if one chooses to protest from outside. If you wish to educate yourself and inform yourself of the situation please look at the articles attached. Please join O4S and the Coalition to End Fraternity Violence.
For more information, see the links below:
David A. Melo
Vivian Marie Torres
Oswaldo Morales Solorzano
Andrés Pérez Correa
Gabriela Martinez Hernandez
Melissa La Noire
Christian Andres “Frijol” Alfaro De La Rosa
Alejandra de Jesus Sanchez Erb