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We stand in solidarity with students at Missouri, Yale and all across the country who are boldly making their unapologetic demands for equity, justice, and an education that does not denigrate our identities, heard across dining halls, classrooms, and campus greens. Below you'll find a cross section of campuses who are joining together in solidarity, and insights into events transpiring on campuses around the country. Our goal is to share the information relevant to our community, as they stand up and fight for what we have always deserved, but systemically been denied. Connect with each other. Build with each other. We will win. - Team Blavity

University of Missouri

Summary/Latest Update: Following the passionate activism of Jonathan Butler and the group Concerned Student 1950, as well as the courageous stand of Mizzou’s football players, University of Missouri’s president Timothy Wolfe resigned earlier this week. Most recently Mike Middleton, former deputy assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education (DEC), was announced as interim president. Important Tweet/Links: University of Missouri's New Interim President  

Ithaca College

Summary: Students demand resignation of Ithaca College President for failure to effectively deal with a string of racist incidents on campus this semester. Yesterday (November 11th), approximately 1,000 members of the campus community participated in action including a 25 minute ‘die-in’. Important Tweets/Links: http://Over 100 Ithaca College Students Walk Out to Protest Racism https://twitter.com/IthacanOnline/status/664515976331948032 https://twitter.com/IthacanOnline/status/664512637171052544

Howard University

Summary: There was a potential threat made on campus at Howard. President of Howard U released a statement saying campus local and federal law enforcement are investigating the threats made and have increased security. Important Tweets/Links: https://twitter.com/theanonmessages/status/664839690458017792 https://twitter.com/cliftonkinnie/status/664853109437517825 https://twitter.com/naturallyelsa/status/664974382385790977

Emory University

Summary: On November 11th, Emory students gathered on Asbury Circle in light of recent international and national racial incidents before marching to Clifton Road, where they blocked rush hour traffic. Important Tweets/Links: Students Protest Racism on Clifton Road https://twitter.com/PamelaScully/status/664565979637284864 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhmMG6AxfN4

Wesleyan University

Summary: On November 12th, Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) conducted a campus black-out in support of University of Missouri students. This event happened in the wake of a controversy surrounding free speech on campus. Last month, the student body voted to slash the budget for the campus newspaper by over $15,000 for a lack of diversity and publishing an Op-ed piece critical of the Black Lives Movement. Important Tweets/Links: https://twitter.com/abbycunniff/status/664857774858371072 https://twitter.com/TheSecondArch/status/664875824802320384https://twitter.com/mariachong/status/655912624832446464http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/20/wesleyan-students-slash-campus-newspaper-budget-af/?page=all https://twitter.com/mariachong/status/655912624832446464 Campus paper budget yanked in dust-up over 'Black Lives Matter' op-ed

Purdue

Summary: A statement was released Purdue which referred to events in Missouri, but in a rather dismissive way. Important Tweets/Links: https://twitter.com/rgay/status/664594845562970112  

University of Oregon

Summary: Released a statement addressing concerns arising in light of events at MU. Important Tweets/Links: https://twitter.com/cora_bee/status/664868441107501057

Brown University

Summary/Latest Update: Had both a blackout protest where students shared personal statements and experiences followed by a walkout and teach in from Africana graduate students. Important Tweets/Links: #IndictAmerica  https://twitter.com/ablackscream/status/664871704892710912 https://twitter.com/ablackscream/status/664872684296273921 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxC0hUXU_IQ *Odemi Pessu is the speaker in the video above.

Drake University

Summary: Students on campus staged a demonstration in the middle of Yahoo News’ Digital Democracy conference to raise awareness. They then went to the cafeteria to reach their classmates. Important Tweets/Links: https://twitter.com/fergusonlum/status/664919458499182592  

University of Pennsylvania

Summary: SOUL (Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation at University of Pennsylvania) organized a demonstration earlier today, inviting other local Philadelphia university students to join. Penn protesters met on the College Green, while other universities joined the group at a location on Drexel University’s campus. Important Tweets/Links: Photo: soulupenn via Facebook Photo: soulupenn via Facebook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBpQyf-tVqo      

Harvard University

Summary: Statement of Solidarity from Black Community Leaders As Black students at Harvard College, we are overwhelmed and inspired by the courage, strength, and resilience demonstrated by our peers at the University of Missouri and Yale University. Further, we are moved by the successes of their activism, which include the resignation of Tim Wolfe and Yale’s historic March of Resilience. These steps forward are the results of students employing their bodies and voices, and are reminders of the power we possess as students and citizens of this country. To the faculty, administrators, and others who actively choose to remain silent as students’ lives are threatened across the country, know that your silence and inaction causes harm. Take action.”  

Vanderbilt University

Summary: Students at VU gathered to stand in solidarity with black students across the country. Important Tweets/Links: https://twitter.com/laur3lann/status/664558148661964801 https://twitter.com/J_Hen6/status/664955982443880448

Virginia Commonwealth University

Summary: Following solidarity protests (11 Nov) Black students took over VCU's president's office to demand changes and engaged in an open and frank dialogue with the president about the problems they confront on campus. http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_4a05d70e-99fe-539f-9097-8415205caafd.html https://twitter.com/Z_Sizemore/status/664524549094899712 https://twitter.com/RTDNEWS/status/664964678985060354

CMC

Summary: Resignation of Dean of Students Mary Spellman “At 12:02 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, Mary Spellman resigned as Dean of Students following calls for her resignation after students of color articulated concerns about the Dean of Students office being unsupportive towards students of marginalized identities, and two students yesterday began hunger strikes calling for her resignation.” (From article below) Important Tweets/Links: Mary Spellman Resigns as Dean of Students  https://twitter.com/jimmijames/status/664937380298690560 https://twitter.com/elliemce/status/664937394072776704  

The Pennsylvania State University

Summary:  Solidarity / Students and Faculty gather in Solidarity with Mizzou. A solidarity gathering at Penn State was put on by students in multicultural organizations such as Black Caucus, BLUEprint, and the Black Male Empowerment Group along with the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, who recognize that the issues occurring at Mizzou have also happened at Penn State. As a community, Penn State seeks to fight against those injustices as well as recognize them throughout the nation.   Important Links/Tweets: https://twitter.com/MuscleB807/status/664919624757178368https://twitter.com/Lovinq_Teah/status/664914435258122240https://twitter.com/1brian_/status/664904833812549632https://twitter.com/dieeeesssshhaa/status/664901609827270657https://twitter.com/NCNW_PSU/status/664899522846437376 https://twitter.com/NCNW_PSU/status/664899522846437376

Columbia

Summar: Columbia students held a rally in solidarity with MU and Yale students. Some of those attending the rally shared stories of micro-aggressions — or covert racism — on campus and in the classroom. Important Tweets: https://twitter.com/MayaEarls/status/664961696369364996 https://twitter.com/Miel_Machetes/status/664857291909394434

Rutgers

Summary: Rutgers students gathered to stand in solidarity with #Mizzou  https://twitter.com/javmendez_/status/664929183185903616 https://twitter.com/MattyBRocker/status/664961941274652672

Albany

Summary: Albany students gathered to march in solidarity with #Mizzou https://twitter.com/taiquancoleman/status/664950006265303042   https://twitter.com/ParrisSoFetch_/status/664916247755255808

 

UCLA

Summary: The Afrikan Student Union at UCLA (Black Bruins) held a massive demonstration in solidarity with #Mizzou. https://twitter.com/BlackBruins/status/664927576675094528?lang=en https://twitter.com/Beanpole_Brian/status/664926806059782144 https://twitter.com/Takaitheartist/status/664933014388936704  

Stanford

Summary: Stanford students held a rally, which was also attended by administrators, to stand in solidarity with the black students at Mizzou. There was a great turnout for the rally and even the official StanfordU account tweeted support. They have also organised a time of speaking out and healing which will be taking place tonight and which also has the aim of brainstorming action steps to make the community ‘safer and stronger’.   https://twitter.com/zentronix/status/664898858611118080 https://twitter.com/Benji_Fernandes/status/664984916203929603 Facebook event with pictures: Follow up event ‘Speak Out’:

Stony Brook University

SummaryPresident Samuel L. Stanley and Dean of Students Timothy Ecklund linked arms with students and faculty members participating in a blackout protest in support of the University of Missouri protests. https://twitter.com/sbstatesman/status/664928140041539584 https://twitter.com/RachelChinapen/status/664979591442731008 Gallery of images from the demo: 
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