Do not honor Condoleezza Rice with a "Doctor of Laws" degree!
  • Petitioned Rutgers University Board of Trustees

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Care of Leslie A. Fehrenbach, Secretary of the University
Rutgers University Board of Trustees
Care of Leslie A. Fehrenbach, Secretary of the University
Rutgers University Board of Governors
President of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi

Do not honor Condoleezza Rice with a "Doctor of Laws" degree!

    1. Lawrence Ladutke
    2. Petition by

      Lawrence Ladutke

      Nutley, NJ

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May 2014

Victory

Lawrence Ladutke: Thanks to everyone who signed, the faculty who voted to rescind the invitation, and especially the students who protested!

Honestly, I had thought we had accomplished a lot just by showing our opposition to this horrible decision--I thought Rice and the RU Administration would never listen. But they did thanks to ALL OF YOU!

As a member of the Rutgers College Class of 1991 (That's me as a RU student in the photo.), I was shocked to learn that my alma mater plans to honor Condoleezza Rice with a "Doctor of Laws" degree.  This member of the George W. Bush Administration used lies to rush our nation into an unjust, costly war that killed hundreds of thousands people.  She also used twisted legal arguments to justify torture and other “cruel and unusual punishment" banned by the U.S. Constitution.  How can Rutgers honor this individual who flaunted the highest law of the land with an honorary law degree?  Please urge Rutgers President Barchi, the Rutgers Board of Trustees, and the Rutgers Board of Governors to withdraw this shameful offer.

I love Rutgers and do not want to see it make this awful mistake!  During my four years as a Political Science major at RU, I learned about the U.S. Constitution, human rights, and international law.  My education there formed the foundation for my further academic and professional success, and I went on to earn a Ph.D. at CUNY Graduate Center by writing a dissertation on human rights advocacy in El Salvador.

Condoleezza Rice's tenure as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State demonstrated contempt for these values and damaged our nation’s image around the world.  Sadly, Rutgers now endangers its own reputation by celebrating Ms. Rice’s lies and her support of torture.  Please tell the President Barchi, the Rutgers University Board of Governors, and the Rutgers University Board of Trustees that it is not too late to correct this terrible mistake!

If Rutgers goes through with the plans to honor Ms. Rice, it will tell other government officials that they can feel free to follow her example.  They can make up any excuse they want to start a war and send our soldiers into danger.  They can support this excuse with false information obtained through torture.  And they can feel comfortably safe—above the law.  It will also dishonor Rutgers University's mission as an institution promoting the search for truth and knowledge.

Please sign this petition before the next Board of Trustees meeting on March 13, 2014 and the next Board of Governors meeting on April 1, 2014.  It would be very helpful if you would identify any affiliation you have with Rutgers (student, faculty, alumni, parent, etc.)

 

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      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer
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      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer

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    3. RU Board of Governors Meets Today

      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer

      The Board of Governors meets in New Brunswick today. They have indicated they are not going to discuss the Rice controversy.

    4. Sign a petition to demand truth about Rice & Colleagues' role in torture!

      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer

      How will President Barchi and the Board of Governors look when this report is eventually released? How will WE look as members of the university community that honored one of those responsible for gross violations of human rights?

      http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/campaigns/release-senate-report-cia-torture-program

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    5. Today is International Right to Truth Day!

      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.un.org/en/events/righttotruthday/

      Can Rutgers face the truth about Condoleezza Rice's role in torture?

      International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, 24 March

      Recognize, in particular, the important work and values of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador, who was assasinated on 24 March 1980, after denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable populations and defending the principles of protecting lives, promoting human dignity and opposition to all forms of violence.

    6. Rutgers-Newark faculty call for Rutgers to nix Condoleezza Rice as commence

      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer
      Rutgers-Newark faculty call for Rutgers to nix Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker

      Rutgers-Newark's faculty voted today to call for the university to rescind an invitation to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to serve as the university's commencement speaker. The Rutgers-Newark professors joined their counterparts on the New Brunswick campus, who called for Rice to be disinvited last month.

    7. The Rutgers University Board of Trustees meets tomorrow.

      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer

      Thursday, March 13, 2014
      Open Session-2:00 p.m. / Closed Session-2:45 p.m. / Open Session-3:15 p.m.
      Robeson Campus Center
      350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
      Newark, New Jersey

      The Thunderclap will go forward at 8am with at least 105 supporters!

    8. Distinguished faculty respond to President Barchi

      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer

      3 distinguished faculty members have asked me to share their response to President Barchi’s e-mail on this issue.

      Dear President Barchi,
      We are writing to express our dismay at your email of March 7, regarding the invitation to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to deliver this year’s Commencement speech.
      You justify the invitation by stating that Dr. Rice “is one of the most influential intellectual and political figures of the last 50 years.” Dr. Rice has certainly been influential, but you neglect to say one word about what her influence has been about. Had Dr. Rice had a major role in some humanitarian efforts, or in the development of a new vaccine, or in the nation’s cul

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. 2 Weeks until Rutgers Board of Trustees Meeting!

      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer

      We're at 344 signatures, but there are still two weeks to get more people before the March 13 meeting of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees. Please share the petition and sign up for the Thunderclap at https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/9141-ru-against-condi-rice-honor.

      RU Against Condi Rice Honor

      I just supported RU Against Condi Rice Honor on @ThunderclapIt // @LarryLadutke

    11. Coalition for Peace Action Support

      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone for signing! Please sign up for the Thunderclap if you have not yet done so! Rev. Robert Moore of the Coalition for Peace Action has informed me that he is going to speak out against honoring Condoleezza Rice when he speaks at a Muslims for Peace event at Rutgers on March 9--just a few days before the Board of Trustees meeting! See http://www.peacecoalition.org/component/content/article/39-cfpa/494-reverend-bob-moore-to-speak-to-muslims-for-peace.html for information about the event.

      Reverend Bob Moore to Speak to Muslims for Peace

      Working for the abolition of nuclear weapons, a reduction in arms trafficking, and gun control.

    12. Reached 250 signatures
    13. Thanks for signing! Now join the Thunderclap!

      Lawrence Ladutke
      Petition Organizer

      Thunderclap will automatically post on the Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler accounts of everyone who signs up. I have the time set for the morning of the day of Rutgers University Board of Trustees meeting on March 13.

      https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/9141-ru-against-condi-rice-honor

      RU Against Condi Rice Honor

      I just supported RU Against Condi Rice Honor on @ThunderclapIt // @LarryLadutke

    14. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Mark Deziel LAKE ELMO, MN
      • 5 months ago

      War criminals need to be prosecuted; not honored with degree. This is insane.

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    • Bill Sorem MINNETONKA, MN
      • 5 months ago

      Stop honoring and paying off war criminals.

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    • Robert Palmer ROSEMOUNT, MN
      • 5 months ago

      Aggressive wars and torture are not good for people or the planet.

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    • Lisa Butterworth BROOKLYN, NY
      • 5 months ago

      I can't support honoring someone who twisted the laws of the US.

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    • john campagna BASKING RIDGE, NJ
      • 5 months ago

      As a current student at set to graduate this semester it is shameful that Rutgers has chosen Rice as the commencement speaker.

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