DERATIFY the King's College London Conservative Association
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We believe that the King's College London Student Union should deratify the King's College London Conservative Association with immediate effect.
From day one, we have strongly and publicly opposed the views of the KCL CA. It was clear from tweets, and the Twitter storm that followed, that many have been equally outraged by the former president's awful views.
As many KCL societies have said previously, we will continue to make sure that the most marginalised among us are protected against those who view the continuance of their suffering as a political game or ideological standpoint.
We are non-partisan and this petition is for all people who oppose racism on campus no matter its form
A racist offensive is sweeping Europe, with governments and the right-wing media using migrants, refugees and Muslims as scapegoats for an economic crisis and wars they did not create.
The racist tide will only be driven back by anti- racists standing up and confronting it. From Germany to Greece to the USA, people who want a society free from racism are saying no more. People are taking to the streets in large numbers to oppose racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and to say migrants and refugees are welcome here.
Unity is our strength so we cannot let racism divide us. We are the majority and we will #standuptoracism.
June 18th Update
We have had a steady start in the last 24h but it is nowhere near enough to present to the SU. If you haven't shared our petition already you know what to do!!! ;P
The developments within the KCLCA has sent MASSIVE shockwaves throughout the KCL community. We believe that the KCLCA has caused shame to our community and has even threatened the reputation our uni.
The continued presence of the KCLCA on campus clearly threatens the reputation of our uni, creating toxic atmosphere for students.
The successful election of an OPENLY racist, sexist, homophobic and bigoted President is damning on the society and its members. Although the controversial president has since been removed from office after an entire TWO months the ensuing election has brought even more scandal. Not only has the SU decided the CA is unfit to govern its own election they have also decided to externally supervise it.
The committee who were complicit to the shady antics of the previous President are standing for election as if nothing has even happened!!! Yet more controversial candidates are now standing for election to less senior committee positions.A prominent Alt-Right commentator who most recently released a video denying the existence of the gender pay-gap is running UNOPPOSED.
A presidential candidate who ran on a anti-racism platform suspended his campaign after submitting a document with over 100 PAGES to the KCLSU identifying grounds for union investigation into the society. He alleges to have been subject to 'coordinated attacks and bullying'. In his letter, he states:
"When I launched my campaign, I underestimated how deep-rooted racism, bigotry and prejudice appears to have become within the society. Within days of launching, my campaign was besieged by what I suspect was coordinated abuse, bullying and harassment, intimidation— even anonymous death threats."
It says everything if even a former presidential candidate has openly condemned the society and reported it for investigation.
Whether your on the left, the right, or of no political persuasion the events of the past few months should ENCOURAGE everyone to sign this. Bigotry and prejudice should have ZERO room on campus & as KCL students we have a responsibility to ensure that the uni is an open and tolerant community for all.
Even Conservatives who are not likely to support this petition, should be able to realise that the KCLCA is damaging the reputation of their own party.
King's College London is an inclusive place and the KCLCA in its current state is incompatible with the values of both our university. Because of this we are demanding the KCLSU shutdown and deratify the KCLCA with immediate effect in order to safeguard the safety and welfare of all KCL students.
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