As you probably know, a hate crime was committed on our
campus in late-October. The door of a student's residence hall room was defaced
with violent, anti-gay posters and writing. The case is currently under
investigation by the Department of Public Safety.
In response to this crime, a group of concerned UI students, faculty, and staff met to discuss a possible response to this hateful act of ignorance. As a result, a full-page ad (paid for by VP Phil Jones office) will be placed in both the Daily Iowan and the Press Citizen stating the following:
HATE CRIMES HAVE NO PLACE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
We believe that The University of Iowa has a long and proud history of welcoming people from a wide variety of backgrounds and traditions and believe that everyone has the right to study and work here in an environment of safety, cooperation, openness, and respect. We condemn all acts of hate that infringe upon these rights.
Department of Residence Services
Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development
Human Rights Committee
Iowa Biosciences Advantage
Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Sexuality Studies Program
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
You are receiving this email because you are associated with either a student group, campus department, or committee who might be interested in adding your group's name to the list of supporters. Some organizations have already responded and are listed above. Because we are trying to get this done relatively quickly, I am asking you to respond by WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, so that we can have it in the newspapers immediately after Thanksgiving break.
IF YOU WANT YOUR GROUP LISTED, PLEASE EMAIL ME THE NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION AS YOU WOULD LIKE IT LISTED BY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19.
Thanks in advance.