From Minnesota to CUNY: No War Criminals in Our Universities!
RSCC Stands in Solidarity with SDS at UM, against the repression they are facing from the administration!
Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota organized protests against Condoleeza Rice’s speech at their school. Rice was the national security adviser to George W. Bush, complicit in war crimes such as torture. Under their leadership, US imperialism led an occupation of Iraq that destroyed the country and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people- all based on a lie about weapons of mass destruction.
Now the administration is attempting to punish SDS for taking a righteous stand against an imperialist war criminal. Another student group at UM, Whose Diversity? is facing code of conduct violation charges for another protest earlier in the semester, for which nine students have already received discipline hearing notices. SDS has not yet been formally charged, but the administration is attempting to claim they violated a sound policy. According to SDS,
“This policy was clearly designed to stifle protest and free speech on campus, and in this case is being enforced to punish SDS for a protest that the administration did not want to happen in the first place. If charges were to be lodged against us, SDS could face punishment as harsh as having our rights as a student group revoked. If the administration decides to pursue individual charges using the ‘student code of conduct,’ SDS members could face penalties as harsh as expulsion or the revocation of degrees.”
RSCC has also faced repression in CUNY, for protesting the hiring of former US Army General, and ex CIA Director, David Petraeus to teach at the Macaulay Honors College. On September 17th, 2013, six students (five are RSCC members) were violently assaulted and arrested by NYPD and CUNY Public Safety officers during a non-violent protest while Petraeus spoke at a gala.
We stand in solidarity with the students at University of Minnesota for taking a stand against imperialism. Students must take a stand against the imperialist ruling class of our country, and stand in solidarity with all those oppressed by U.S. imperialism around the world. To do so is to be on the right side of history.
Contact the Student Unions and Activities Office to tell them that SDS and Whose Diversity? should not face sanctions for exercising free speech on campus.
Denny Olsen, Senior Associate Director of Student Unions and Activities, 612-625-6295, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Towle, Director of Students Unions and Activities, 612-624-9941, email@example.com
Danita Brown-Young, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, 612-626-1242, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Kaler, President, 612-626-1616, email@example.com