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The MOST RADICAL Colleges

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 07/08/11 09:38 AM ET   Updated: 09/06/11 06:12 AM ET

Sure, they say that the modern generation is bereft of radicals. That the youth of today are wishy-washy. We beg to differ. From ultraliberal hippie dippie environmentalists to uber-conservative religious squares, we bring you the students that are canceling school to lead pro-life marches or shutting down a speaker for the Israeli PR campaign. The ones well-acquainted with social and political activism. Whether they live by a strict moral code or no code at all, these students are radical.

Occidental College
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Occidental has long had activist roots: In 1970, Oxy students wrote 7,000 letters to Washington D.C., protesting U.S. involvement in the war in Southeast Asia. In 1998, students persuaded the college president, John Slaughter, who then sat on the Atlantic Richfield (Arco) board, to issue a public statement criticizing the oil giant's support for the military dictatorship in Burma. Back in 1997, US. News & World Report ranked Occidental number one in commitment to diversity, and nowadays the campus hosts a breadth of student activist groups, including environmentalists who promote recycling and research siting of hazardous waste facilities in Los Angeles County; MECHA/ALAS, a Latino group that is fighting California's anti-affirmative action policy and educating the campus about events in Chiapas, Mexico; a Women's Center and a gay/lesbian group that bring speakers to campus and sponsor discussion groups; organizations like Amnesty International working on human rights and solidarity efforts; and the Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC), which recruits students to support union organizing campaigns.
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