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Stop John Cornyn from speaking at TSU Graduation

We are voicing our stark opposition to the decision of having Senator John Cornyn speak at the TSU Commencement on May 13.

The decision to host Mr. Cornyn, as a keynote speaker sends the message that the policies and views he has advocated and supported, including both discriminatory policies and politicians, are acceptable by the university and subsequently the student body.

Senator Cornyn...

Voted YES to approve Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General. 

Voted YES to approve Betsy DeVos as US Secretary of Education.

Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections.

Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Voted NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities".

Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.

Cornyn was rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance.

Quotes from Senator Cornyn...

In reference to allegations of racism during the confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions:

“People are identifying specific issues where there are policy differences, but my point is that does not characterize your entire record of 20 years in the United States Senate or how you conducted yourself as a prosecutor,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Please recall that Coretta Scott King urged Congress to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would “irreparably damage the work of my husband.”

Cornyn criticized Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan based off her respect for and previous work experience with Justice Thurgood Marshall:

"We also know that you have spoken about your judicial heroes. One hero is Justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom you served a law clerk... But from his self-described judicial philosophy and his performance on the bench, it is clear that Justice Marshall was a judicial activist... Thurgood Marshall described his judicial philosophy as "do what you think is right and let the law catch up.'

Yes, this is the same Thurgood Marshall that the university law school is named after. Yes, he's comments were negatively critical of Thurgood Marshall.

These are just a few examples of Cornyn's support of discriminatory policies and politicians.

WE URGE ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO EXPRESS THEIR DISCONTENT AND OPPOSITION TO OUR SELECTED KEYNOTE SPEAKER BY SIGNING THIS PETITION AND CONTACTING PRESIDENT LANE AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS.

WE URGE ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS TO DEMAND THAT JOHN CORNYN NOT SPEAK AT OUR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FROM TSU.

Having a politician such as him speak at our institution is an insult to the students, to TSU, and to all HBCUs.

This is our graduation. We have the right to decide if we want to refuse to sit and listen to the words of a politician who chooses to use his political power in ways that continually harm marginalized and oppressed people.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas Southern University Board of Regents
  • President
    Dr. Austin A. Lane
  • Acting Chair
    Honorable Wesley G. Terrell
  • 2nd Vice Chair
    Honorable Marilyn A. Rose
  • Honorable Samuel L. Bryant
  • Honorable Oliver J. Bell
  • Honorable Gary L. Bledsoe
  • Honorable Glenn O. Lewis
  • Honorable Derrick M. Mitchell
  • Honorable Sarah D. Monty-Arnoni
  • Honorable Erik D. Salwen
  • Honorable Tramauni E. Brock

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