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Please protest the "Windows 8 Campus Tour"

by Richard Stallman Contributions Published on Apr 17, 2014 06:21 PM
Microsoft is running "Windows 8 Campus Tour" events at many US universities. We're inviting free software supporters, associated with the universities in question, to mount simple nondisruptive protests at these events.

This kind of protest is easy to do. Just print copies of and, then stand near the entrance to the event and hand them out to those who enter or pass by. If they ask you for more explanation of the issue, please explain politely. If they are disputacious, you don't have to argue with them, and we recommend not doing so; you can say, "We appear to have a deep disagreement; see for where we stand."

It is good to make a sign, especially a tall sign that can rest on the floor leaning against a wall, but you don't need one. Use few words, and big bold letters, so it is readable from a distance.

Protesting is more fun if two or more people protest together, but one person can do it. If several want to participate, you could divide up the time -- those two people for two hours tomorrow, those two for an hour on Monday, etc.

The dates vary from university to university (see the list below), but most of the events have already started. Many end tomorrow, but that still offers time to act. Others continue through next week or even later. Some events already ended, but we deleted them from the list below.

This is an opportunity to spread the word to people who have never heard even a hint of ethical criticism of proprietary software such as Windows.

After your protest, please send mail about how it went and photos if you are able to take them.

Windows 8 Campus Tour Schedule

Saint Cloud State University 4/7-4/25
Arizona State University 4/7-4/18
University of California-Davis 4/14-5/2
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 4/7-4/18
University of California-Santa Barbara 4/14-4/25
California State University-East Bay 4/7-4/18
University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) 4/7-4/21
University of Louisiana 4/7-4/17
California State University - Sacramento 4/7-4/25
University of Nevada-Reno 4/7-4/18
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State Univ 4/7-4/28
California State University-Fullerton 4/7-4/25
University of California-Irvine 4/14-5/2
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 4/7-4/25
San Diego State University 4/7-4/18
Central Michigan University 4/7-4/18
George Mason University 4/7-4/18
Metropolitan State University of Denver 4/7-4/18
University of Massachusetts - Boston 4/14-4/25
Auburn University 4/7-4/25
University of Cincinnati 4/7-4/18
San Francisco State University 4/7-4/25
The University of Montana 4/7-4/25
University of Kansas 4/7-4/25
Wright State University 4/7-4/25
Northwestern University 4/28-5/16
University of Miami 4/7-4/25
Youngstown State University 4/14-4/25
University of Pennsylvania 4/7-4/25
Clemson University 4/7-4/18
California State University-Long Beach 4/7-4/25
Cleveland State Univerisity 4/7-4/25
Illinois State University 4/7-4/29
James Madison University 4/7-4/22
Ohio University-Main Campus 4/7-4/25
Temple University 4/28-5/15
University of California-San Diego 4/28-5/15
University of Oregon 4/14-5/1
West Chester University of Pennsylvania 4/7-4/25
Northeastern Illinois University 4/7-4/25
University of Central Arkansas 4/14-4/18
Rhode Island College 4/7-4/25
CUNY College of Staten Island 4/7-5/6
Louisiana Tech University 4/28-5/16
Central Washington University 4/21-5/9
The George Washington University 4/7-4/25
University of Michigan-Flint 4/7-4/21
Bowling Green State University 4/7-4/25
Utah State University 3/31-4/18
Southeastern Louisiana University 4/7-4/18
University of Northern Colorado 4/7-4/25
Texas A&M University-Commerce 4/14-4/25
Lamar University 4/7-4/25
Sam Houston State University 4/7-4/25
Murray State University 4/21-5/2
State College of Florida: Manatee-Sarasota 4/14-4/25
New Mexico State University 4/7-4/25
University of South Alabama 4/7-4/25
Oregon State University 4/7-4/25
University of Northern Iowa 4/7-4/25
South Carolina State University 4/7-4/25
Columbia University In the City of New York 4/7-4/25
University of Virginia 4/14-4/25
Minnesota State University 4/16-4/24
Michigan State University 4/21-5/2
The University of Texas at Brownsville 4/7-5/2
University of Denver 4/7-4/25
University of Massachusetts-Lowell 4/7-4/18
The University of Texas at Dallas 4/7-4/25
University of Washington 4/14-4/25
University of North Florida 4/7-4/18
Wayne State University 4/7-4/18
Southern Connecticut State University 4/7-4/28
Mississippi State Universtiy 4/7-4/25
University of West Georgia 4/7-4/25
Georgetown University 4/7-4/15 & 4/23-4/25
Northern Illinois University 4/14-4/25
University at Buffalo 4/14-4/25
Anne Arundel Community College 4/7-4/17
Florida State College at Jacksonville 4/7-4/18
Oakland Community College 4/14-4/21
Monroe Community College 4/7-5/2
Salt Lake Community College 4/14-4/25

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