Protest

Flag Drop

The invitation of Mike Pence as commencement speaker was particularly difficult for the Notre Dame LGBTQ community, many of whom lived in Indiana during his term as Governor.

In the past, Pence has supported funding for conversion therapy. He also passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which initially contained no civil rights protections for LGBTQ people.

In response to the invitation, students, faculty, staff, and alumni came together to purchase and display 500 rainbow flags across campus. Despite some attempts to prevent their display and distribution, the response was mostly positive and supportive, showing the LGBTQ members of the Notre Dame community that they belong.

Facebook Event with Photos

Media Coverage

National Catholic Reporter

The Observer

The Observer (2)

Protest

Coming Together: Charles Murray Protest

Despite dubious scholarship, Charles Murray was invited to give a presentation on campus regarding his latest book Coming Apart. His views regarding the intelligence and society of black Americans are offensive.

Press Release

The invitation of Charles Murray was defended as a stand for free speech. Student and faculty backlash eventually resulted in the invitation of sociology Prof. Agustín Fuentes to provide an academic rebuttal during the event.

We Stand For chose to use its own free speech to assemble outside the event and protest the morality of inviting Murray. His views on women and students of color echo those that have been used to justify their oppression. The systemic effects of his views were highlighted by our signs and chants at the protest.

Facebook Video

Facebook Event

Video of Murray’s Remarks & Fuentes’ Response

Media Coverage

South Bend Tribune

The Observer

RealClearPolitics

Blog coverage of Fuentes’ Response

Fox News

Fox News (2)

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor (2)

Letter to the Editor (3)

Protest

Academics United Rally

In response to Trump’s Muslim Ban, academics around the country held rallies in support of students and faculty from the impacted countries. Notre Dame’s speakers included:

Perin Gurel – Assistant Professor of American Studies and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Gender Studies

A. Rashied Omar – Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Majd Alshoufi – Human rights activist and community-based trauma therapy expert with over 8 years of experience working with refugees in Syria, Lebanon, UAE, Turkey, and USA.

Facebook Event

Facebook Photo Album

Media Coverage

ABC 57

The Observer

Forum

Student Government Forum

Direct action is not the only way to create change. We must also speak at the ballot box!

No matter the level of government, justice can be achieved when those who represent you share your values. In order to help the Notre Dame community make their choice, We Stand For hosted a forum about social justice and the Notre Dame community for the two tickets for the 2017-18 term.

Facebook Event

Media Coverage

The Observer

Photo credit: Michael Yu, The Observer