Governor Ned Lamont today announced that in an effort to protect Connecticut from an increase in antisemitic incidents on college campuses across the country and even in Connecticut in the wake of the brutal Hamas terror attacks on Israel, he is organizing a meeting of security officials from education institutions from across the state to devise a plan to prevent hate incidents on Connecticut campuses.
The governor directed the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) to conduct the meeting.
“We have zero tolerance for acts of antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hatred of any kind in Connecticut, and we will deploy all available public safety resources to keep our residents safe,” Governor Lamont said. “The nationwide increase in incidents of hatred on college campuses is greatly disturbing and can infect anywhere. I am calling on all our higher education institutions to work together and strategize on how we can protect everyone on every campus from harm. We will not allow incidents of hate and intimidation to become normalized.”
DESPP is in close contact with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor potential threats and share information about available resources with local law enforcement and higher education officials.
“Given the increasing complexity and diverse social fabric of colleges and universities, campus police leaders must understand and prepare for a wide range of threats facing our campuses,” Ronnell A. Higgins, associate vice president for public safety and community engagement at Yale University and incoming commissioner of DESPP, said. “Our campuses must remain safe for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to live work study and visit. I look forward to co-convening campus safety leaders with Deputy Commissioner Bergeron.”
The timing of Lamont's message couldn't be better in light of the latest posters to turn up on Connecticut college campuses, this time at the University of Connecticut.
The Centinal reached out to UConn for a statement regarding posters that have been attributed to the Communist group, Revolutionary Student Union (RSU), but have not yet received a response.
The RSU describes itself as a "group of revolutionary youth fighting for a end to the capitalist system of exploitation." The organization maintains chapters in California, New York, Washington, Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon, and of course, Connecticut. You can read more from it's radical founding statement here.