Students at CSU Stanislaus
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Solidarity against hate speech, violence, & white supremacy!
I am signing this petition because I do not feel safe being on campus at California State University, Stanislaus due to the administration's response to white supremacist Nathan Damingo. In order to help me feel safe being on campus at California State University, Stanislaus, I demand administration engage, collaborate, and foster dialogue with students and community members. -------------------------------------------------------- April 20, 2017 California State University, Stanislaus & Community On Wednesday, April 26th at 12 pm at the quad, In solidarity against hate speech, violence, and white supremacy, while supporting & protecting one another On October 6, 2016, flyers appeared on campus at California State University, Stanislaus, “outing” Nathan Damingo, an undergraduate student at the campus, as the founder of Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group. This prompted a statement from President Ellen Junn, which assured the campus community that they were assessing, monitoring, and investigating the incident. She continued to state, “we are a caring and proactive community devoted to fostering a campus climate where all members of our community can thrive.” However, University administration did not engage in open dialogue with students during the investigation of the incident. As a result, student voices were not heard regarding how students felt following the incident. Student experiences went unacknowledged and unaddressed by University administration. Instead, in December 2016, Professor Fela Uhuru invited Nathan Damingo to hold a forum where Damingo highlighted his views of white supremacy. This forum was attended by many Stanislaus State students, and Los Angeles Times’ reporter Hailey Branson-Potts, who wrote an article that profiled Nathan Damingo as the founder of a white nationalist organization, Identity Evropa, and his role as part of the alt-right movement. Nathan Damingo has continuously made xenophobic remarks and often posts videos promoting a hateful ideology of exclusion and hate. Most recently, Nathan Damingo was recorded at an alt-white gathering in Berkeley, California. During this gathering, it clearly shows Nathan punching a woman, Louise Rosealma, in the face. Although this did not occur on campus grounds, many students have stated they feel unsafe and unwelcome on campus due to his presence and due to University administration’s passive response. The Title 5 California Code of Regulations states grounds for student discipline for: (7) Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person within or related to the University community, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, or sexual misconduct. In the latest statement by President Junn she states, “While this incident understandably raises many negative emotions and calls for urgent actions, we must also hold true to our American system and principles of justice and due process.” Although President Junn states the creation of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion will work on these issues, students feel there has to be more student and community engagement on how to address this issue. Stanislaus state is a diverse campus, with over 50% of the student population being Latino, and is designated a “Hispanic Serving Institute” by U.S. Department of Education. These students are directly affected by Damingo’s hate speech and violence. Students want to highlight and discuss how increasing police presence on campus is not an appropriate solution to making students feel safe. An action is planned on Wednesday, April 26th at 12 pm in the quad at California State University, Stanislaus. This action is an opportunity for all including students, faculty, and community members, to voice their concerns and experiences. It is an opportunity for everyone to take a stand against hate speech, violence, and white supremacy while supporting & protecting one another. Students invite and ask everyone to participate. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/248621045610301/