Sept. 12, 2012 5:00 pm Demonstration against LIBOR interest rate manipulation protagonist Bob Diamond prior to Occupy lecture at Colby College

I hope many from the Occupy and other groups can come to this action in Waterville.

Larry Dansinger

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From: Kelly Kingsbury <>
Date: August 31, 2012 9:04:18 AM EDT
Subject: Sept. 12, 2012 5:00 pm Demonstration against LIBOR interest rate manipulation protagonist Bob Diamond prior to Occupy lecture at Colby College

A call for action
On Sept. 12, 2012 we have a rare opportunity to demonstrate against Colby’s continued relationship with disgraced former Barclay’s CEO Bob Diamond as well as attend a lecture by former SDS radical, Prof. Todd Gitlin, on his new book Occupy Nation. Attached below is Colby’s Trustees and administrations current position on Diamond’s continuing role as Chairman of the Board of trustees and financial contributor at Colby. I have also been in touch with a group of Colby students who are outraged by the college’s refusal to distance themselves from their major contributor Bob Diamond and will join us in the demonstration.
The plan is to meet at 5:00 pm in front of the Diamond building on Mayflower Hill Drive and demonstrate with posters and handouts for about an hour. We will then join the public lecture where it is expected that Prof. Gitlin will address the issue as well as provide his views on the success of the Occupy movement. As with all of our demonstrations, we will limit our action to the sidewalk area. See the below lecture announcement for further details.
This action is a very important statement to the college and Bob Diamond. As we have watched the banksters continue to break the law and suffer no consequences, the regulators and politicians fail us and law enforcement and the judicial system fail us, we must not allow our educational system to fail us. That is why we must support this action. That is why we Occupy.
Please forward this call to action to all who may attend.
In solidarity
Lew Kingsbury
Occupy Augusta Organizer

Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 08:55:39 -0400

Note especially the location of the talk at Colby College (Diamond, chair of the Colby Board of Trustees, has been criticized for his banking practices and there have been calls for him to resign from that board).
Larry Dansinger


Todd Gitlin talks about his new book Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street.  “Will there be an Occupy 2.0? Reflections on the roots, spirit and promise of Occupy Wall Street,” will be held at:

  • Bates College on Tuesday September 11th, 2012, at 7:30pm in the Muskie Archives (on Campus Ave) on the Bates campus
  • Colby College on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 7:00pm in the Diamond Building, Room 122.

Both talks are free of charge and open to the public.


Todd Gitlin is professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph.D. program in communications at Columbia University. An American writer, sociologist, communications scholar, novelist, poet, and not very private intellectual, he is the author of 15 books about politics, culture, movements, and media.

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From: Sally A. Baker <>
Date: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM
Subject: OFFICIAL NOTICE: From the Colby Board of Trustees
To: "Official Colby Notices, All Colby Employees"

Over the past several weeks, much attention has been focused on news
from the financial industry concerning the role a number of banks have
played in determining a key interest rate that governs many
transactions around the world. No small amount of that attention has
fallen on Barclays Bank and its former CEO, Colby College Board of
Trustees Chair Bob Diamond '73.

In light of this complex story, which is still unfolding, the Colby
Board of Trustees met in executive session earlier this month to
discuss the matter. Mr. Diamond urged that the meeting take place, as
a matter of good governance and in fulfillment of the board's
responsibility to protect the best interests of the College.

Mr. Diamond reviewed the circumstances surrounding the situation -
including, among other things, official reports reflecting that an
intensive, multiyear investigation of Barclays by several regulatory
agencies resulted in no findings of impropriety against Mr. Diamond
personally. He answered questions and then recused himself from the
balance of the meeting.

A discussion lasting more than two hours ensued, during which more
than 30 trustees voiced thoughts and opinions. At the conclusion of
the discussion, the board strongly affirmed its support of Mr. Diamond
as chair. Its review was informed by several fundamental values of the
College and of the liberal arts tradition, including the paramount
importance of seeking truth, an overarching obligation to fairness,
and the absolute necessity of deep, critical, and patient
consideration of complex issues.

While these developments in the world of finance are being played out
against the backdrop of a 24-hour news cycle, the board chose to base
its decision on Colby's fundamental values and to remain committed to
the mindful and principled application of those values in this and
every decision.

Sally Baker, Secretary of the Corporation
On behalf of the Colby College Board of Trustees

Colby College Official Announcement sent to
Official Colby Notices, All Colby Employees
by "Sally A. Baker" <>

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