Open Letter to Presidents of American Universities

Reasons for signing

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Siobhan McClure
9 years ago
It is the right thing to do.

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Joshua Morrison
9 years ago
I am signing in support of those students who have risked their safety and stood up for their beliefs. My signature in no way is intended to represent JACADA or my institution.

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Sik Lee Dennig
9 years ago
I strongly believe students should be supported when they care about social issues and demonstrate their empathy in a peaceful way. Isn’t that an important purpose of higher education?

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Anthony Troup
9 years ago
Because peaceful assembly, demonstration, and protest is how the country shows our leaders what the people want and need.

So much is against us with private interests, corporate contributions, and so forth. Our colleges are supposed to be there for us; they are supposed to help better ourselves so we can better the world. Support us in our effort to do exactly that.

We are the people. We have a voice. It will be heard.

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Natalie Demyan
9 years ago
Because I want to have the freedom and safety to express my opinions and nurture my mind, in order to serve and educate others.

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Joel Andreas
9 years ago
Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

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Karren Baird-Olson
9 years ago
In March 2010 my upper right arm was broken during a peaceful rally. T here is absolutely no moral nor pragmatic rationalization for violence in such circumstances.

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Laurel Kearns
9 years ago
I am signing because I am a university professor, and someone who teaches about religion and non-violence. I am appalled that some university presidents and their staff act more like tyrants than exemplars of the benefits of the pursuit of educations. Or perhaps they are exemplars of what power and privilege can resort to when challenged by non-violent conscientious citizens.

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Jonathan Hall
9 years ago
Protest is a meaningful part of education.

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Richard Falk
9 years ago
This is a defining moment is protecting the university as a site of speech, protest, and nonviolent engagement with the struggle for a sustainable and just American future.