said the university stands by the administration’s statement. According to Collins, the counterterrorism seminar was instead attended by executives from law enforcement agencies throughout New England for the sole purpose of learning about the latest methods in preventing and preparing for emergency situations. started on Nov. 13 and continued through Nov. 19. reflected a sample itinerary of a typical military training trip. “And I think it’s really important to show how many students in the present are still really scared by what happened.”. “Importantly, these are clubs with a bunch of different interests — we’re not just focusing on clubs that promote justice-oriented issues, but instead we’re bringing together individuals who are passionate about our mission and who can connect it to their own struggles,”, said.
“I think it’s easy for [the administration] to pretend that people don’t care about this and that it is just in the past,” Tunis, a senior, said. The Daily reported in 2018 that Maguire, along with other Boston-area police chiefs and federal officers, attended an Anti-Defamation League-funded counterterrorism seminar in Israel in December 2017. “Importantly, these are clubs with a bunch of different interests — we’re not just focusing on clubs that promote justice-oriented issues, but instead we’re bringing together individuals who are passionate about our mission and who can connect it to their own struggles,” Asfour, a junior, said. 15 student organizations have endorsed the referendum. Leila Skinner, a sophomore and member of SJP, ismissing the work of SJP and its coalition of other student and activist groups. fail if less than one-sixth of the student body votes or a majority of the voters vote against the referendum.

According to SJP member Molly Tunis, the group initiated its campaign to #EndTheDeadlyExchange after it learned that Kevin Maguire, former executive director of public safety and former chief of TUPD, attended a training trip with the Israeli military in December 2017. is largely focused on achieving the goals within the referendum. “To the contrary, the University and TUPD are on the record as being opposed to militarization, have made community policing a priority for many years, and have policies and training in place that emphasize that everyone – regardless of background – must be treated with dignity and respect.”. While he said that the university respects the independence of the referendum process and will await its outcome, Collins rejected any claims that Tufts campus police officers were becoming militarized and upheld TUPD’s and the Office of Emergency Management’s commitment to providing a safe environment for students, faculty and staff.
The President, Provost, and various Deans of Tufts University have denounced the giving of an award to Students for Justice in Palestine (“SJP"). submitted all the necessary signatures for turning its proposal into a referendum. seeks to end military training trips for the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) and all other police militarization on campus. As of press time, SJP submitted all the necessary signatures for turning its proposal into a referendum, which are now being reviewed by the TCU Judiciary in order to ensure that they were collected in good faith. According to SJP member Julia Asfour, the coalition comprises 20 other student and activist organizations on campus. Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). SJP members said that the administration’s statement poses significant harm to the Arab students in the club who remain targets of such accusations that delegitimize their organizing efforts, as well as dismisses the Jewish students and organizations involved in the #EndTheDeadlyExchange campaign. According to SJP member Anthony Davis-Pait, the group decided to pursue a referendum instead of only a TCU Senate resolution calling on the university to end all military training trips for campus police in order to engage more deeply with the student body on the issue. “[This referendum] is about reimagining what safety looks like because, for so many people on this campus, it doesn’t look like policing—especially militarized policing,”. will not be rescinding SJP’s Collaboration Award, reevaluate the process by which award decisions are made. “So that’s what we really wanted to focus on when building this coalition — including as many voices as possible.”, student organizations that have made collaboration a top priority in their programming, diverse populations and build connections between student organizations. Additionally, over the weekend following the statements, has received an outpouring of support both from within and from outside the, “We have been getting messages from students, alumni and local organizations who are wondering how they can support us and how they can get involved,”, said.

Members of SJP issued their own statement one day later expressing outrage at the administration’s position, saying they were disappointed to see not only the efforts of their members and club diminished, but also the efforts of more than 20 other student organizations “disparaged” by senior university leadership. “We’re demonstrating to the university that we really do have the support on campus.”. Well-known in his field, Brunner has directed films […] Bab al Shams: A Gateway to Nonviolent Resistance “We won’t be silent when the administration engages in policies or behavior that threatens the safety of students on campus,” SJP member Julia Asfour, a junior, said.