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)

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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

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Sanctuary Campus ND

DACA and undocumented students are part of the Notre Dame family. Everyone deserves the opportunity of an education.

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We Stand For opposes Notre Dame allowing federal access to student information for the purposes of deportation, otherwise known as a Sanctuary Campus. In conjunction with a faculty-led petition effort (see petition here) and a national walkout movement, students led a walkout from classes.

Facebook Event

During this walkout, which attracted over 400 people to Main Building, students delivered the petition signatures to University President John Jenkins.

Video of Petition Delivery to President John Jenkins

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UPDATE (Feb. 16, 2017): Though he refused to declare Notre Dame a Sanctuary Campus, President Jenkins has agreed to continue to protect students’ identity unless legally compelled to release it. Read more from The Observer. President Jenkins also signed a letter from American universities in support of immigration reform that is supportive to students (Story).

Facebook Photo Album (credit Saskia Hennecke)

Media Coverage

Washington Post

The Hill

The Observer

National Catholic Reporter

South Bend Tribune

WNDU

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Saint Mary’s College Solidarity Protest

Saint Mary’s College students took the opportunity of the inauguration of new President Jan Cervelli to emphasize the value of solidarity to the college.

Facebook Video of Message to Cervelli

Some students had been targeted with hateful language in the days following Trump’s election, and the students wanted to ensure that Saint Mary’s College would be a home for all under the leadership of President Cervelli.

Facebook Video of Protest

Facebook event

Photo Album

Media Coverage

The Observer