• More Than 90 UConn Educators Signed "UCommune" Petition To Show Solidarity With Gaza Encampment Activists

    Meanwhile, police cracked down on the encampment, and arrested 25 protestors

    UCommune Encampment on Monday (4/29) before early morning raid on Tuesday (4/30);
    Screenshot, UCommune on Telegram

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    The University of Connecticut student activists known as "UCommune" recently launched a petition because they believe they are being targeted for their "righteous activism, protest, and speech in defense of Palestinian life."

    All these comrades want is "justice" for Palestinians whom they believe have been "indiscriminately murdered, during the ongoing colonization of their homeland" by Israel.

    The student activists think public universities should be "spaces of free expression" where the "right to protest" (and to build tent encampments) is fully respected. They feel that UConn is letting them down in this regard, and cite a statement from the President of the American Association of University Professors, Dr. Irene Mulvey, in support of their views.

    Mulvey was also upset about the crackdown on student protestors across the nation, and claimed that "university presidents have failed in their duty to protect the autonomy of academic and intellectual life from outside interference."

    She further said that, "by asserting that peaceful protesters are 'trespassing,' the administration gives credence to controversial definitions of antisemitism that are, as the AAUP cautioned in 2022, overly expansive and a threat to academic freedom. Peaceful campus protests should never be met with censorship and jail time."

    The UCommune comrades asked friends, professors and other community members to sign a petition in support of the on-going occupation of the UConn campus. Nearly 850 people have already signed the petition, including more than a hundred college and university educators, including 90 from UConn, along with a handful from Yale, Trinity College, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University and several others.

    Screenshot, UCommune on Instagram

    At least 16 educators listed English or "Literatures, Cultures, and Languages" as their field of expertise. Another 11 listed History, 10 came from the Sociology Department and 9 indicated they were in the school of Education. At least two professors were tied to Ibram X. Kendi's controversial Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. The remainder where scattered throughout a wide range of departments.

    You can read the whole list below.

    Yet despite the petition, UConn Campus Police, along with police officers from multiple precincts outside the school, entered the UCommune encampment yesterday, much to the disappointment of the budding activists who called it a "brutal crackdown".

    Mind you, this is the same group of activists that welcomed praise from a pro-Hamas news channel last week.

    The police removed tents, arrested 25 protestors and allegedly held them for up to 10 hours before releasing them. UCommune promised to support those arrested. Additionally, the radicals at BLM 860 in Hartford posted a fundraising link to raise money for the activists' legal fees.

    The protestors called the arrests a "display of repressive force" and believe the arrests offer some sort of proof that UConn is connected to "the war industry which profits off the mass death of Palestinians."

    The activists plan on continuing their occupation, and have planned for a gathering tonight, May 1st, at 6pm.

    After spewing so much hatred for their own university, one has to wonder why they all don't just transfer somewhere else.

    Screenshot, UCommune on Telegram

    List of Professors Whose Names Appear On UCommune Petition

    NameDepartmentTitleSchool
    Grace PlayerCurriculum and Instruction, Neag School of EducationAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Joshua L. MayerAnthropologyAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Sarah A. WilliamsAnthropologyAssistant ProfessorBrown
    Chen ChenEducational Leadership, Neag School of EducationAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Jessie FredlundAnthropologyAssistant Professor in ResidenceUConn
    Alyssa Hadley DunnCurriculum and Instruction, Neag School of EducationAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Mars PlaterHistoryAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Katerina Gonzalez SeligmannLiteratures, Cultures, & LanguagesAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Tracy SinclairEducational PsychologyAssistant Clinical ProfessorUConn
    Kat Milligan-McClellanMolecular and Cell BiologyAssistant ProfessorUConn
    David G. EmbrickSociology and Africana StudiesAssociate Professor and DirectorUConn / Boston University Antiracism Center
    Johnny E. WilliamsSociologyProfessorTrinity College
    Ingrid SemaanSociologyAssociate Professor in ResidenceUConn
    Douglas KaufmanCurriculum and InstructioAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Sam SommersEnglish & American StudiesAssistant Professor in-ResidenceUConn
    Melanie NewportHistoryAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Mary LawrenceEnglishAdjunct ProfessorCT State Community College
    Daniel LibertzEnglishAssistant ProfessorBaruch College, CUNY
    Anne NortonPolitical ScienceProfessorUniversity of Pennsylvania
    Laura MauldinWomen's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesAssociate ProfessorUConn
    César AbadíaAnthropology and Human RightsAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Mary DoneganUrban and community studiesAssociate professor in residenceUConn
    Sandy GrandePolitical ScienceProfessorUConn / Boston University Antiracism Center
    Camilo RuizAnthropologyAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Brad SimpsonHistory and Asian and Asian American StudiesAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Maria SegerEnglishAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Dana Francisco MirandaPhilosophyAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Alexandra FreidusEducational LeadershipAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Mary Beth AllenLiteratures, Cultures, and LanguagesAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Chris VialsEnglishProfessorUConn
    Dr. Ariel Mae LambeHistory DepartmentAssoc. Professor & Assoc. Department HeadUConn
    Tarlan ChahardovaliSport & Entertainment ManagementAssistant ProfessorUniversity of South Carolina
    Jeremy Drake-CorneliusEnglishVisiting LecturerBates College
    Fiona SomersetLCL and EnglishProfessorUConn
    Julie ChoffelEnglishAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Bhakti ShringarpureEnglishAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Hana MaruyamaHistory and Asian and Asian American Studies InstituteAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Laura BunyanSociologyAssociate Professor in ResidenceUConn
    Sherry ZaneWomen's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesDirectorUConn
    Elizabeth KlineMolecular and Cell BiologyAssistant Professor in ResidenceUConn
    Mona AbdoYale School of Public HealthResearch ScientistYale University
    Kim ChaneyPsychological SciencesAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Oskar HarmonEconomicsAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Lindsay CummingsDramatic ArtsAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Greta LaFleurAmerican StudiesAssociate ProfessorYale University
    Emily Rose SchwabEnrichment ProgramsAdvisorUConn
    Megan Monaghan RivasDramatic ArtsDepartment HeadUConn
    Tlaloc RivasDramatic StudiesAssociate Professor in ResidenceUConn
    Noel A. CazenaveSociologyProfessorUConn
    John ReddenPhysiology and NeurobiologyAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Gary M EnglishDramaDistinguished ProfessorUConn
    Steven ShermanSociologyAdjunct LecturerUConn
    Tania SaeedSociologyAssociate ProfessorLahore University / Harvard South Asia Institute
    Grégory PierrotEnglishAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Lillian RansijnDramatic ArtsVisiting Professor of MovementUConn
    Thomas Lawrence LongSchool of NursingProfessor EmeritusUConn
    Liz JacobsSociologyAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Michele BackAAUPAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Jason ChangSocial and Critical InquiryAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Michael BaileyUCONN AAUPExecutive DirectorUConn
    Subhash RayEconomicsProfessorUConn
    Micki McElyaHistoryProfessorUConn
    Melina PappademosHistory and Africana Studies, AAUPAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Allison LombardiEducational PsychologyAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Toussaint OlivettiLiteratures, Cultures, and LanguagesAdjunctUConn
    Elizabeth BurlandPublic PolicyAssistant Research ProfessorUConn
    Peter ZarrowHistoryProfessorUConn
    Nancy ShoemakerHistoryProfessorUConn
    Renzo de la Riva AgüeroSchool of Public PolicyAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Bianca IbarluceaArt and Art HistoryVisiting Assistant Professor of DesignUConn
    Erin RizzieMathematicsAssistant Professor in ResidenceUConn
    Noel A. CazenaveSociologyProfessorUConn
    Bhoomi ThakoreSociologyAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Andrew J. WrobelPsychologyAdjunct ProfessorUConn
    Seyedhamed GhavamniaSchool of ComputingAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Robin GrenierEDLRProfessorUConn
    Ian StevensonPsychological SciencesAssociate ProfessorUConn
    William TheissHistoryAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Eleni CoundouriotisEnglishProfessorUConn
    Clare Costley King'ooEnglishAssociate Professor and HeadUConn
    Pablo ValenteAllied Health SciencesAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Xiuchun (Cindy) TianAnimal Science, AAUPProfessor, AAUPUConn
    Pamela Allen BrownEnglishProfessorUConn
    Desen OzkanChemical and Biomolecular EngineeringAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Ashley HeltonNatural Resources & the EnvironmentAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Mayu InabaCell BiologyAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Ron SquibbsMusicAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Brian G ChapmanHuman Development and Family SciencesAssistant Professor in ResidenceUConn
    Christy CoreyArt & Art HistoryVisiting Assistant ProfessorUConn
    Jordan T. CampAmerican StudiesAssociate ProfessorTrinity College
    David L. RichardsPolitical Science / Human RightsAssoc. Prof.UConn
    Kelly DennisDigital Media & DesignAssociate ProfessorUConn
    Elva OrozcoPolitical Science & WGSSAssistant professorUConn
    Danielle FilipiakCurriculum and instructionAssistant ProfessorUConn
    Elizabeth Della ZazzeraHistoryAssistant Professor in ResidenceUConn
    Jennifer McGarryEDLRProfessorUConn
    Barbara GurrGender and Sexuality StudiesProfessorUConn
    Micah HeumannOffice of Undergraduate Research DirectorDirectorUConn
    Brian GoepfrichDivision of Student Life & EnrollmentAssistant Director of Community StandardsUConn
    Rob WalshWaterbury CampusLibrary DirectorUConn
    Alyssa DillonEducational LeadershipProgram CoordinatorUConn
    Marisa TatiwongGlobal AffairsCoordinatorUConn
    Hunter TasheaSchool of BusinessAcademic Advisor 2UConn

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