NO STUDENT FEES FOR HATE! PRIORITIZE THE SAFETY OF ALL STUDENTS!
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On Monday, May 1, 2017 the UB Student Association is co-sponsoring a talk by notorious Islamophobe and hate monger Robert Spencer. Spencer has been endorsed and admired by known white supremacists, including Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik who, inspired by Spencer’s views, cited his work 64 times in a manifesto before murdering 77 people in 2011. Spencer and his organizations have been denounced by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Spencer holds no legitimate credentials to speak or write on the subject of Islam. Owing to Spencer’s hateful rhetoric, Spencer has even been banned from entering the UK since 2013. Why then is he being endorsed by the University at Buffalo?
We, the undersigned, call upon the Student Association to publicly rescind their explicit sponsorship of this event by removing the SA logo on all materials (print and electronic) for the event's promotion, and further by denouncing the hateful agenda Spencer represents. Student fees at UB should NOT be used to give a platform for hate-speech. Spencer’s scheduled talk poses the very real risk of inciting acts of violence on campus between student communities. We urge the University and the SA to abide by the University’s anti-discrimination policy when approving of club events and use of their logo. We urge the SA, Campus Life and the larger University organizations to prioritize the right of ALL students to a safe campus environment free from the threat of harassment. Finally, we urge them to make thorough investigations of the backgrounds of all invited speakers, especially those with histories of inciting violence, and the risk they pose to students and campus life. We urge them to always prioritize student safety when making decisions about club and university events.
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