Act Against Hate at Cal State University San Marcos
  • Petitioned President Karen Haynes, Cal State University San Marcos

This petition was delivered to:

President Karen Haynes, Cal State University San Marcos
Dr. Herbert L. Carter, Chair, and CSU Board of Trustees

Act Against Hate at Cal State University San Marcos

    1. K G
    2. Petition by

      K G

      Fallbrook, CA

Act Against Hate at Cal State University San Marcos

In the face of a new hate tabloid on the Cal State San Marcos campus (CSUSM), the university administration has remained silent — since January 2011. It’s time for the administration to call out the hate in The Koala. An anonymous, for-profit tabloid, The Koala promotes violence against women and girls, rape, pedophilia, homophobia, and bias against people of color and those with disabilities and illness. Like other hate publications, The Koala pretends to be humor, while it creates a hostile educational and work environment at CSUSM — unchallenged by the administration.

Read more about The Koala here: www.CallOutTheKoala.com.

Students and faculty who have spoken out against the content in The Koala have been threatened and harassed. Student leaders have been personally attacked in The Koala, their photos incorporated into pornographic scenes, and victims of racist violence were refered to as potatoes, plants and produce (see CSUSM Koala, September 2011 issue). It’s time for the administration to take action, to let the CSUSM students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and surrounding communities know that the administration will no longer be a passive accomplice to hate.

Please sign our petition and join students, faculty, staff, and members of the California Faculty Association and surrounding communities in demanding that CSUSM President Karen Haynes and the Cal State University Board of Trustees:

1.       Speak out against The Koala. Name the tabloid’s content as hateful and prejudicial, as promoting violence against women and girls and other minorities, and as creating a hostile campus environment that affects all students, staff and faculty.

2.       Limit student, faculty and staff’s unwanted exposure to The Koala and the tabloid’s aggressive hand distribution by enforcing passive distribution via vendor boxes, just like the campus newspaper. The vendor boxes will be supplied by The Koala and installed in University-approved locations at The Koala’s expense.

3.       Create a safe means for students, staff and faculty to share and document how The Koala has negatively impacted their education and work experience. Should another such publication or organization attempt to spread hate and intimidation on campus, the documentation will serve as testament to the hostile educational and working environment created by such publications.

4.       Require that, in order to be distributed at CSUSM, each Koala issue must accurately identify the tabloid’s owner, publisher, editors, writers, graphic artists, business address and contact information, as the campus newspaper does and as any legitimate publication does.

We are not suggesting The Koala’s First Amendment rights be hindered in any way. Rather, we are asking the CSUSM and Cal State University administrations to honor their responsibility to protect students, faculty and staff from the hostile educational and working environment that The Koala has created. It’s time to call out The Koala.

 

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Students file civil rights complaint over Koala newspaper

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      by K G
      Petition Organizer

      Our Change.org petition garnered the attention of a Title IX expert and law professor, who has helped us file a complaint against the university with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights. Read more...

    3. Read the Ms. Magazine Blog coverage of our petition!

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      Written by our own Professor Natalie Wilson:

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. ACLU scolds CSUSM for scolding the Koalans

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      Petition Organizer

      The ACLU has determined that The Koala‘s butchered photo collage, comprising the face of a CSUSM student superimposed into a pornographic scene, is parody protected by the First Amendment.

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    7. The Koala seeks student organization status!

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      by K G
      Petition Organizer

      The Koala is looking for a faculty advisor to support its becoming a CSUSM student media organization.
      Becoming a recognized student org would mean that The Koala would receive university funding from student fees. Nuts-o, eh?
      Tell your professors: Please do not help George Liddle’s privately-owned, for-profit hate rag become a recognized student organization on our campus!
      Read more here:

    8. North County Times erroneously claims censorship, then censors

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      by K G
      Petition Organizer

      The paper's editorial did a fabulous job of making our point for us — unintentionally!

    9. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jeannie Ortiz VISTA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The Koala sounds absolutely monstrous! How can that be tolerated anywhere, no less a college campus? President Karen Haynes and the Cal State University Board of Trustees must respond to this hateful and predjudicial tabloid. The petition sounds very generous and more than reasonable. Please take care of this. Your campus does not sound and all safe and CSUSM will suffer in the long run for allowing this to continue. Do something about it! Follow the instructions of this petition, please.

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    • AJ Bautista TUSTIN, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's the school's responsibility to keep their students safe. Hate only breeds more hate and needs to be uprooted at the source. Time for them to bring out that shovel...

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    • Tiffany Cauthen ATHENS, GA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Do NOT spread hate. Spread LOVE.

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago
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    • Cassondra Emmons OCEANSIDE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because hate should not have a home on our campus.

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