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Columbia College students, faculty and community members are organizing a campaign to defend academic freedom after Columbia College administrators retaliated against an instructor for the content of his course about the Israel/Palestine conflict (background below).
 
1. Sign the petition and circulate it to your friends on social media

The petition is available at http://chn.ge/MXMtpY.

2. Call-in days to Columbia College administrators
 
Please email/call these Columbia College administrators on Tuesday, March 11, and Wednesday, March 12.
 
Talking points: I’m calling/writing to urge Columbia College to respect academic freedom. Columbia College should not retaliate against Prof. Chehade for screening a widely acclaimed film about Palestinians struggling against their oppression.
 
University education should be about preparing students to be active participants in the world and to think critically about political and historical narratives. A student’s expression of discomfort with classroom materials should be the starting point for a conversation, not an excuse to muzzle professors.

Who to contact:
 
Louise Love, VP Academic Affairs, (312) 369-7495llove@colum.edu
 
Deborah Holdstein, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (312) 369-8219,dholdstein@colum.edu
 
Steven Corey, chair of Humanities History and Social Sciences, (312) 369-7844,scorey@colum.edu

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/706953376022997/

3. Come to a March 20 public forum ”Why is Palestine taboo at Columbia College?”

Featuring Prof. Iymen Chehade; Ali Abunimah, America’s best known advocate for Palestinian rights and author most recently of The Battle for Justice in Palestine; John Wilson of the American Association of University Professors-Illinois; and Columbia college students Ava Ginsburg and Ahmed Hamad, who are both members of Students for Justice in Palestine/Jewish Voice for Peace at Columbia College. After the speaker presentations, there will be ample time for audience discussion and debate. (Flyer attached below)

Facebook event page is here: www.tinyurl.com/PalColumbia

4. Come to the next organizing meeting on Sunday, March 16

If you’d like to help with organizing this campaign, our next meeting will take placeMarch 16 at 2 pm at Cafecito, 26 E. Congress Parkway, in Chicago’s Loop. See you there!
 
Background:
 
As part of his course, Columbia College Prof. Iymen Chehade screens the Oscar-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras, which depicts popular resistance to Israeli military occupation. After a student alleged that the film showed that Chehade’s course is “biased,” Chehade was summoned for a meeting with Dr. Steven Corey, who is the chair of the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences. Corey told Chehade to teach his course in a more “balanced” manner, and then Columbia College withdrew one section of his course just hours after it had been made available to students registering for classes.
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Sign this petition in support of a fair contract for Pfac, Columbia's Part-time Faculty Union

If you’re a current student or graduate of Columbia, be sure to include that in your comment.

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Pfac President Diana Vallera’s disciplinary meeting was postponed by the college, with no date set.

However, since it was postponed, not canceled, we need to keep spreading the petition supporting Diana. Sign it and pass it on!

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Friday August 24th, 10:45am

8th floor of 600 S. Michigan

Come out to show Diana that we support her work on behalf of all working people and all students. Come to Columbia College at 600 South Michigan Ave., Room 811A. Please arrive before 11:00 a.m. on Friday August 24th. We want to show the administration of Columbia College that if they continue to harass Diana, we are going to defend her. Stop the intimidation, negotiate in good faith! Petition to support Diana Vallera

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President Carter's Recommendations online

"Dr. Carter’s Blueprint|Prioritization plan is now posted on OASIS.

As a reminder, Dr. Carter will hold a listening session for the campus
community this Friday, May 25, 10 a.m. to noon in Film Row Cinema
(1104 S. Wabash Ave.). During that meeting, you are welcome to offer
feedback to Dr. Carter about his decisions. In keeping with the
established listening session format, Dr. Carter will hear from as
many as possible during the scheduled time period without responding
to individual comments. No advance sign-up is required, but we ask
that comments be kept under 3 minutes per person. Please bring your
Columbia ID.  If you are unable to attend but would like to provide
feedback, please submit via email to blueprint@colum.edu.  All email
feedback will shared with Dr. Carter, and if time permits, read at the
forum on Friday.

Dr. Carter will share the community input with the Board of Trustees,
who will review the final decisions during June and vote to approve
the final plan on June 28.”

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'CTU Stands Strong' rally tomorrow

Tomorrow concerned community members (including Columbia College students) will join the Chicago Teacher’s Union for a rally simultaneous with their membership meeting, prior to a march. Support the CTU, support CPS students.

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