Dear Campaign Supporters,
We here in California are all too familiar with the so-called Minutemen and their history of vicious attacks on the immigrant community. Their leader, James Gilchrist, supports tearing apart families by deporting parents away from their children and he supports building a bigger wall on the border that will lead to many more deaths. I am proud that my campaign has taken a clear stand for amnesty for all undocumented workers, demands the demilitarization of the border and the tearing down of the murderous wall, and has helped mobilize protests against Gilchrist and his thugs. Below you will read about a protest of hundreds of students at Columbia University in New York who protested against Gilchrist spreading his racist garbage on their campus. Video of the event clearly shows one of Gilchrist’s thugs kicking a Latino student in the head during the protest. As a former Columbia student (who was myself suspended from classes for protesting Columbia’s racist treatment of the Harlem community), I fully support the actions taken by the students against Gilchrist. I encourage you to read the information below and send messages of support to the students. I am 100% certain that the Columbia University authorities will now attempt to expel students and repress student organizations who took part in this protest to defend civil rights. Therefore, I encourage you to contact Columbia’s administration and demand the rights of student protesters be respected.
In Solidarity,
Todd Chretien
Green Party candidate US Senate, California
www.Todd4Senate.org
Below is information about the student protest at Columbia University:
***Please forward everywhere***
On October 4, the College Republicans at Columbia University hosted Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist. The Minutemen are known for inciting racist violence against immigrants. In an exercise of free speech, students unfurled a banner on the stage reading “No One is Illegal”, prompting audience members to join them on the stage with another banner with the message, “No to Racism”. These peaceful protesters were violently assaulted. Below is their initial statement published the night of the protest as well as a link to a video showing parts of the event. They are now under attack from the administration and potentially face disciplinary charges.
Please support them by signing the online petition at
http://www.petitiononline.com/nominute/petition.html
The students are also soliciting letters of support and solidarity, which can be sent to them at [email protected] .
Statement of the Student Protestors:
We celebrate free speech: for that reason we allowed the Minutemen to speak, and for that same reason we peacefully occupied the stage and spoke ourselves. Our peaceful protest was violently attacked by members of the College Republicans and their supporters, who are the very same people who invited the Minutemen to our campus in the first place. The Minutemen are not a legitimate voice in the debate on immigration. They are a racist, armed militia who have declared open hunting season on immigrants, causing countless hate crimes and over 3000 deaths on the border. Why should exploitative corporations have free passes between nations, but individual people not? No human being is illegal.
-Those who occupied the stage