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
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University of Missouri
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: 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’.
http://Over 100 Ithaca College Students Walk Out to Protest Racism
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.
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.
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.
Campus paper budget yanked in dust-up over 'Black Lives Matter' op-ed
A statement was released Purdue which referred to events in Missouri, but in a rather dismissive way.
University of Oregon
Summary: Released a statement addressing concerns arising in light of events at MU.
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.
*Odemi Pessu is the speaker in the video above.
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.
University of Pennsylvania
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.
Photo: soulupenn via Facebook
“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.”
Summary: Students at VU gathered to stand in solidarity with black students across the country.
Virginia Commonwealth University
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.
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)
Mary Spellman Resigns as Dean of Students
The Pennsylvania State University
/ 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.
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
Summary: Rutgers students gathered to stand in solidarity with #Mizzou
Summary: Albany students gathered to march in solidarity with #Mizzou
Summary: The Afrikan Student Union at UCLA (Black Bruins) held a massive demonstration in solidarity with #Mizzou.
: 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’.
Facebook event with pictures:
Follow up event ‘Speak Out’:
Summary: President 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.
Gallery of images from the demo:
So what's next? Share this post on Facebook to show solidarity with Mizzou and organize on your own campus to get your voices heard.