(From Press Release) – A coalition of student and community groups will be counter-protesting the Davis College Republican’s event for Milo Yiannopoulus at 6:30pm in front of the Science Lecture Hall 123. This coalition stands against the fascism, white nationalism, xenophobia, and misogyny which Milo advocates. We refuse to allow a platform to fascism, and will be intervening to ensure this event does not happen.
We argue that dedicating campus facilities and resources to host and therefore legitimize a white nationalist runs completely counter to the stated goals of the University of California and serves as a direct threat towards traditionally marginalized groups on campus. If the University of California, Davis is indeed committed to “maintaining a climate of equity and justice demonstrated by respect for one another,” then campus administrators must rescind the use of campus facilities for this event and condemn the presence of white supremacy on campus.
In lieu of administrative intervention, we the community will unite to ensure that we protect those who are most vulnerable. After the election of Donald Trump, an individual who mirrors Yiannopoulos’ platform in many ways, we’ve seen a sharp increase in attacks on women, queer, and POC people right here in Davis. This protest will be one step towards ensuring the safety and protection of these community members.
For more information please contact:
SDS: Students for a Democratic Society
SWERV: Students and Workers Ending Racial Violence