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first amendment

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Petition to Audrey Borling, Jacquelin Arroyo, Michael Milkie, Mark Hamstra, Tyson Kane

Remove Adao's and other students' disciplinary punishments - Wikipedia post

Adao Mahmud’s suspension and all students that were given 4 demerits should be immediately lifted and erased from their record on PowerSchool. The multiple students disciplined in this matter, both that were suspended and given detentions, are unnecessarily put at risk of walking across the stage during graduation. This “offense” is not worth losing their right to walk. It will be a disgraceful slap in the face to those students, especially when you weigh all of their hard-earned work over the past four years at Noble versus reacting to a post on social media.  These disciplinary procedures have may Noble schools an insufferable echo-chamber of cruel punishments under the guise of rational discipline. Please consider advocating for the reversal of their punishments and a change to the way schools conduct themselves in scenarios like Adao’s.  Please read my full letter to the Noble educators and affected students below. ----------- An open letter to the faculty at UIC College Prep, It has come to my attention that a student, Adao Mahmud, was suspended for a picture he posted on social media earlier this week. It was a harmless picture that he simply posted for noting a change in UICCP’s Wikipedia page. He did not change it himself, nor does UICCP have any proof that he did. Yet Mrs. Jacquelin Arroyo, Dean of Discipline, still made the decision to suspend him for it. Even more disturbing, all students who reacted to the post on social media were given 4 demerits. The students involved claim they were being “disrespectful” to the school for posting/reacting. Adao’s learning opportunities were disrupted for one day when UICCP decided to suspend him. In their own Student Code of Conduct, Noble states that students are suspended for 1-3 days “When a student’s (who commits an act of gross misconduct) presence poses a threat to school safety, and/or disruption to other students’ learning opportunities.” Does UICCP see Adao’s innocent post as gross misconduct? Does it pose a threat to school safety? Is he disrupting other students’ learning opportunities? The only crime I see here is Adao hurting UICCP’s feelings. That’s not a suspension-worthy reason. Here’s another list of offenses that UICCP sees equal to Adao’s post that is worthy of a minimum one-day suspension: -Arson -Possession, use, intoxication, distribution, or sale of alcohol or illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia or look-alike item -Fighting/Battery -Gang-related or group organized disruptive activity -Theft, robbery, or extortion -Threats, harassment, bullying or hazing of staff or students including sexual harassment and threats on the internet -Vandalism or damage of school or community property including hacking into or disrupting network technology systems -Possession of weapons/dangerous objects Do you really expect us to believe that Adao’s post was as serious as those offenses? Not in a million years. The only reason UICCP can give for suspending Adao is listed as “disrespect on the internet” but even then, he was simply bringing focus to an edit that was made on the school’s Wikipedia. I see his action similar to that of an investigative journalist simply shining light on an irregularity. I am a firm believer and supporter of our nation’s sacred constitution, including the First Amendment, and although not all of our constitutional rights apply the same in charter school, UICCP does not have to stoop to a dictatorial level when it comes to disciplining students and monitoring their social media accounts. It’s downright disturbing and unfair. I make this case not to complain to your faculty, but to call everyone to action. The multiple students disciplined in this matter, both that were suspended and given detentions, are unnecessarily put at risk of walking across the stage during graduation. This “offense” is not worth losing their right to walk. It will be a disgraceful slap in the face to those students, especially when you weigh all of their hard-earned work over the past four years at Noble versus reacting to a post on social media. UICCP faulty are known for their dirty, corrupt, and borderline illegal methods for punishing students. It's known around campus that UICCP disciplinary officials have contracted students to confidentially turn in other peers. In return, the students that report to the disciplinary officials get multiple detentions removed from their record. How is that even allowed in the Nobel Network? Adao’s suspension and all students that were given 4 demerits should be immediately lifted and erased from their record on PowerSchool. I call on all Noble educators to stand up for their students when Noble disciplinaries goes too far. These disciplinary procedures have may Noble schools an insufferable echo-chamber of cruel punishments under the guise of rational discipline. Please consider advocating for the reversal of their punishments and a change to the way schools conduct themselves in scenarios like Adao’s. For any students that would be courageous enough to pledge their support for Adao and the affected students, please sign this petition that will be directly sent to Michael Milkie, Mark Hamstra, Audrey Borling, and Jacquelin Arroyo: Sincerely, Joel Valdez, UICCP Class of 2017

Joel Valdez
419 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Essex County College Board of Trustees, Rev. Guyton, Jeweline Grimes, Anthony Munroe, Jeff Lee, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., I Cruz, J Maceri, J L Wright, A C Lewis, C Morales, J Zarra

REINSTATE PROFESSOR LISA DURDEN! EQUALITY FOR ADJUNCTS!

#ReinstateProfessorLisaDurden to her position as adjunct professor at Essex County College IMMEDIATELY! ABOUT THE CASELisa Durden, producer, filmmaker, media commentator and professor, appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on June 6th. Carlson insulted her repeatedly (“demented, separatist, Nazi”) for defending the Black Lives Matter movement’s right to have Black only safe space event for Memorial Day. Professor Durden succinctly and cogently defended her principled position and exposed Tucker’s white male fragility for what it was -- a childish tantrum. Less than 48 hours later, Professor Lisa Durden was summarily suspended by Essex County College (ECC), where she teaches media and effective speech.  Without union representation at the meeting, ECC administrators told her that she was suspended because of her appearance on Fox News. She was told to leave the building and not return. Instead of defending Professor Durden’s right to free speech and congratulating her on standing up to racism and sexism, the administration at the Predominantly Black Institution chose to effectively fire this accomplished media professional and educator. Professor Lisa Durden is a lifelong Newark, NJ resident who has given her time and expertise generously to the youth of the city. She has provided highly competitive internships in New York media for Essex County College students for a decade. She was recently honored by the City of Newark for her outstanding work in media with women and young people. Professor Durden has braved racist death threats from the alt right movement to speak truth to power on national television. Why is Essex County College firing a beloved professor for exercising her First Amendment right? In Trump’s America are Black Women professors not allowed the right to free speech? We demand that Professor Lisa Durden be reinstated to her position and given her full course load (12 credits per semester teaching Mass Communications and Effective Speech classes) that she was assigned for the full 2017/2018 academic year. We demand equality for adjunct, contingent and junior faculty in pay and treatment. Nationwide, higher education administrations have created an apartheid system, paying themselves grandiose salaries of $200,000+ while junior, contingent and adjunct faculty are paid peanuts. Adjunct faculty are often forced to sleep in their cars and go on food stamps because they cannot survive the poverty wages and insecure, short term, “at will” employment that colleges force on them. Administrators pit adjunct and full time faculty against each other and use their disgusting treatment of adjunct labor to scare full time faculty into submission. This diminishes the quality of education for students, even as their tuition skyrockets. We demand full equality in pay and treatment among adjunct, contract and full-time, tenured faculty!

Educators & Students United to Reinstate Professor Lisa Durden
2,618 supporters