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More than 100 Student and community protestors shut down a lecture by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown University yesterday afternoon.

Mario Vega, a Brown student, says he was there to protest the way NYC police have monitored Muslim residents since 9/11.

“I think Ray Kelly’s policies are completely racist and Islamiphobic, and I completely do not support how Brown is paying him to come here and unilaterally impose his doctrine on the people of the University.  That gives the impression that we support it and we don’t," said Vega.

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More than 40 protesters were arrested for trespassing Sunday in an act of civil disobedience against the Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts.  Environmentalists view the coal-fired power plant as a polluter and want it shut down.