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11/16/16: Walkout for #SanctuaryCampus

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 11/11/1909 - 17:51

This Wednesday , 11/16/16 at 3PM , walk out of your classrooms or join the rally standing in solidarity with faculty, students, staff, and community members to demand that Rutgers be declared a Sanctuary Campus. Faculty from all ranks and all campuses are part of this national day of action. 

  • In New Brunswick gather at Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus
  • In Newark gather at the Paul Robeson Campus Center
  • In Camden gather around the Walt Whitman statute in front of the Camden Campus Center

Sign the peition for a Sanctuary Campus at Rutgers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...

Earlier Updates

On November 11, 2016, David M Hughes and Keepa Kumar launched this message to union members, sharing the news that 100 people gathered today at the Union office to stand in solidarity with each other. 

Dear Union Member:

We are shocked and horrified that Donald Trump, who ran on a racist, xenophobic, misogynist platform, is now the President of the US. In response to this new political landscape, the administrative heads of several universities have issued statements embracing their diverse student, faculty, and staff bodies and offering support and protection. (See statements from the University of California and the California State University). President Barchi has yet to address the danger to the Rutgers community and its core mission.

This afternoon, our faculty union and the Rutgers One Coalition held an emergency meeting of students, faculty, and community activists in New Brunswick. We discussed means of responding to the attacks that people may experience in the near future. Most immediately, we approved the following statement by acclamation at the 100-strong meeting:

“Rutgers One, a coalition of faculty, staff, students and community members, calls upon the Rutgers administration to join us in condemning all acts of bigotry on this campus and refuse to tolerate any attacks on immigrants, women, Arabs, Muslims, people of color, LGBTQ people and all others in our diverse community. We demand that President Barchi and his administration provide sanctuary, support, and protection to those who are already facing attacks on our campuses. We need concrete action that can ensure a safe environment for all. Further, we commit ourselves to take action against all attempts by the Trump administration to target any of our students, staff or faculty. We are united in resistance to bigotry of every kind and welcome all to join us in solidarity.”

We also resolved to take the following steps:

1. We will be holding weekly Friday meetings at 3pm in our Union office in New Brunswick to bring together students, faculty and staff to organize against the Trump agenda. We hope to expand these to Camden and Newark as well. (If you are willing to help organize this, please email back.)

2. We will be creating a list serve to coordinate our work. If you want to join this list, please reply to this email: aaup@rutgersaaup.org

3. We are making posters and stickers which declare sanctuaries from racism, xenophobia, sexism, bigotry, religious intolerance, and attacks on unions. Once these materials are ready we will write to you so that you may post them on windows, office doors, cars etc. In the meantime, we urge you to talk to your students and colleagues of color as well as women and offer them your support and solidarity.

As you may recall, the Executive Committee issued a denunciation of Donald Trump on October 10, 2016. Now our slogan, one from the labor movement, is "Don't mourn. Organize!" That is where we are now – all the more poignantly because of Donald Trump’s appeal to workers. Let us organize, and let us also expand our calling of education. In your classrooms, your communities, and your families, find the words and sentiments that will redeem all of us from Tuesday’s disgrace.

In solidarity,

David M. Hughes
President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Professor, Anthropology (SAS-New Brunswick)

Deepa Kumar
Vice-President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Associate Professor, Journalism & Media Studies (SC&I-New Brunswick)

Rutgers AAUP-AFT
11 Stone Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Office phone: (732) 964-1000
Email: aaup@rutgersaaup.org

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