Someone asked me recently to provide examples of retaliation by Philip L. Boroughs, SJ, who has been president of the College of the Holy Cross for fourteen months. There are more than four, but these four come to mind first:
1. Last year when I began a Hunger Strike for Justice, I only told Fr. Boroughs in a confidential email that I was coming, in case he wanted to talk. Instead, he sent someone out to take pictures of me on a public sidewalk — something federal courts say is a retaliatory act when it is done by someone in authority like Fr. Boroughs.
2. Three days after the Hunger Strike for Justice began, the college public safety hand delivered a letter telling me I would be arrested if I went on campus. I was always on a public sidewalk. An egregious breach of the privacy and confidentiality promised to me by the Office of the President.
3. A short time later, Fr. Boroughs filed a complaint against the professional license I earned a few years after I graduated from Holy Cross — even though that professional license had nothing to do with anything. Pure retaliation. And an egregious breach of confidentiality promised to me by the Office of the President.
4. After responding to an invitation from the alumni office to attend a basketball game in February 2013, the invitation was rescinded by the college general counsel, who said my name is on an internal list — even though I was promised strict confidentiality.
There are more than four, but these are the main ones. Philip L. Boroughs, SJ, Expert at Retaliation. Just watch. He will have more. And I will carry on.