Salaita supporters urge day of silence, classroom walkout

Salaita supporters urge day of silence, classroom walkout

CHAMPAIGN — Supporters of Steven Salaita have organized a "National Day of Silence" on Tuesday, including a classroom walk-out, to protest the University of Illinois' "un-hiring" of the American Indian Studies professor.

Organizers posted information on Facebook asking students to join in silent protest "of this attack on students' academic freedom and free speech."

Participants are encouraged to stage a "civil" walk-out from their classes and gather on the UI Quad from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

They're asked to cover their mouths with a sideways Illini "I" with one of the following hashtags on it: #ReinstateSalaita, #Salaita, #UIStudents4Salaita, #BoycottUIUC or #RestoreAcademicFreedom.

They can pick up a pre-made "I" on the Quad or use materials there to make their own.

The main Facebook page supporting Salaita has a profile photo with a picture of the Alma Mater with a sideways Block I covering her mouth.

Nationwide, participants are asked to show solidarity by covering with mouths with a sideways "I" and posting photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Rocky7 wrote on September 03, 2014 at 4:09 pm

MEMO TO DEMONSTRATORS Regarding dress code for participattion.

1) Men - be sure to shave and take a bath or shower on morning of demonstrtion day and be sure to wear a coat-and-tie and dress slacks and dress shirt. A hair cut might be a good idea too.

 

2). Ladies, be sure to take a bath or shower on morning of demonstration day, put on light make-up, and wear a blouse or sweater and a skirt. Keep your hair-do kempt.

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 03, 2014 at 5:09 pm

In other words; look like the establishment of the "secret" donors.  Forget that you are students.  Pretend that you are interviewing for a job which you may not get based on your facebook, or twitter comments objecting to Israel's war crimes.

Rocky7 wrote on September 03, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Sid Salfork,

Being dressed that way is how one gets ahead in the real world, and also academe.

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 04, 2014 at 10:09 am

Really?  Suit, and tie students sounds like you went to Bob Jones University, or Oral Robert's U.

BruckJr wrote on September 03, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Look at me!  Look at me!!!

spangwurfelt wrote on September 03, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Handy excuse to skip class while feeling all noble-like, isn't it.

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 04, 2014 at 10:09 am

And you never stood up for anything during your student days?

mommy wrote on September 03, 2014 at 8:09 pm

How about this?  Get to class and get your monies worth.

FungibleChairs wrote on September 03, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I am heartened by the many scholars that have provided thoughtful analysis on the Salaita issue.

To Chancellor Wise from Jan Goldstein, President of the American Historical Association. 

http://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/statements-and-resolutions-o...

And another letter to Chancellor Wise dated Sept. 2, 2014 from Katherine M. Franke, the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University

http://academeblog.org/2014/09/03/letter-from-katherine-m-franke-to-uiuc/

 

 

Mike wrote on September 03, 2014 at 11:09 pm

I think they should offer free beer. That might increase the chances of higher numbers. "Don't just skip class---come drink beer too!" 

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 04, 2014 at 11:09 am

It is unfortunate that students get attacked verbally now for standing up on an issue.  The same comments happened during the anti-war demonstrations of the '60's, and '70's.  They were spouted during the feminist demonstrations.  They were spouted during the Civil Rights era.  The comments about dirty hair, clothing, and personal appearance are always thrown at students demonstrating. 

For those verbally attacking the students; send your kids to Oral Roberts, or Bob Jones universities if you want them to be "clean cut", and "in order".