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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