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Dr. David Schmidlv. Ph.D. Office of the President 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131 Via Fax: (505) 277-5965
Dear President Schmidly, I write regarding the permit the University granted to the "Occupy Albuquerque" protestors that allows the protestors to maintain a presence on the University's main campus. I understand that the permit is set to expire at ten o'clock this evening and that the University will not renew rt.

I realize that the presence of the protestors poses serious issues for campus management and securiry, but there are important and compelling First Amendment issues involved that bear serious consideration by you and your staff. As you know, the University occupies a special place in Albuquerque - both literally and figuratively. By forcing the protestors out, you are preventing them from making their views known to a large audience. I also believe that the University - as both a state-funded institution and as a place where debate and the exchange of ideas are encouraged - has a special role to play in the ongoing protests, I am confident that the resources could be found to make possible the renewal of the protestors' permit. I hope you will give every possible consideration to renewing the permit' Regardless ofyour personal view of the protestors' message, I am sure you agree that the right to protest and to make views known is important. I hope that the Univetsity will find a way to allow
the protestors' voices to condnue to be heard in Albuquerque.

If I

may be of sewice to you in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.


you for your consideration of this matter.