Monday, February 1, 2010

Responding to hate crime

The LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender, Queer, Alliance), was broken into and tagged over the weekend with a swastika spray-painted on the carpet and paint on the computer. 

"I locked the door on Friday", said one member, but the door was unlocked when the Swastika was discovered in the office at 1am on Monday by janitors.  The building is open during the weekend, "It looks like someone had a key".

The University President sent out a letter responding to it. The attack comes three  weeks after Pacifica Forum held a discussion promoting the swastika. While form members may not have committed the act of act of violence and vandalism, they most certainly did promote it with their hate speech- in that lecture Billly Rojas, speaker, is quoted as saying "Homosexuality is a mental disorder". No surprise the LGBTQA office was targeted. 

In response a candle light vigil will be held on Tuesday at 6 pm in the amphitheatre.

On Wednesday, there will be a march at 12 noon. from the amphitheatre, this will be symbolic of taking back the campus as a safe space.

On Friday, in response to the Pacifica forum, a protest will begin at Johnson hall at 2pm. 

Pacifica Forum meets weekly at the U of O

The Insurgent Stands in Solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Hate crime is unacceptable, but it would be ignorant to assume hate crime exists in a vacuum. The Pacifica Forum and other hate groups exist in our community, it is necessary to repel these groups and maintain a community we can all remain safe in. 


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