College students outraged when school refuses to stop pro-Trump, ‘Back the Blue’ rally — that was taking place off-campus

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< img src=" https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDQzNjAwMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NDE3NjQ5NH0.05ASLdNZ_HMZuy5Zk1u3Tjsh4cArb9onDqk_MqzukVU/img.jpg?width=1200&coordinates=0%2C0%2C0%2C0&height=800" > Students at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, are furious after the school declined to stop an off-campus rally in support of President Donald Trump, cops officers, and police authorities.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday report from Campus Reform, trainees became infuriated after learning about the rally and attempted to push the school’s administration to stop the angering event.

Trainees were made conscious of the rally through a posting on the Instagram page “BIPOC at Mount Holyoke.”

A portion of the post read, “I know that a lot of students aren’t on school, however there’s a ‘Back heaven’ (pro-police) and pro-Trump standout at the village commons in South Hadley this weekend. It’s ideal throughout the street from school. I’m just connecting since I hope student pressure on admin can create an action from the college.”

According to the outlet, “multiple companies” developed a petition versus the occasion in assistance of safety for “LGBTQ+ and POC members.”

The petition received more than 1,600 signatures, Campus Reform reported.

A portion of the petition said, “This is outrageous and we demand an action from the administration of Mount Holyoke. By keeping silence about the approaching events, the school is motivating a gathering of people who could threaten our community’s safety.”

” Although Mount Holyoke is a space that motivates the opinions of all students to be shared, they should not tolerate the sharing of harmful rhetoric,” the petition continued. “The implication of the position held by the ‘Back heaven’ rally remains in direct opposition to the Black Lives Matter motion and the safety of all POC groups and LGBTQ+ community.”

” This,” the petition added, “goes versus the inclusive and progressive message of Mount Holyoke as an organization and a neighborhood.”

The rally ended up occurring throughout the street from the school’s main school and was hosted by local correctional officers and Pioneer Valley Massachusetts for Trump 2020 on Sept. 7.

What did the school say?The school, however, declined to cave to student activist pressure and, instead of stopping the rally, pointed out the First Amendment.

” The College can not … prevent an assembly from being held on town property in distance to the campus,” the school stated in a Sept. 5 declaration to its trainees.

Mount Holyoke College President Sonya Stephens’ statement read, “Individuals will gather on the public location around the gazebo, which is not owned by the College.”

” The right to tranquil assembly, and certainly to totally free speech, are protected in the First Amendment, and together with the flexibilities of association, petition and journalism are what we comprehend more broadly as liberty of expression,” Stephens continued. “To protect totally free speech is to protect the most basic and essential of human freedoms, even when, as the ACLU post makes specific, some views revealed ‘are antithetical to the extremely freedom the First Change represents,’ otherwise ‘nobody’s liberty will be safe. Because sense, all First Modification rights are ‘indivisible.'”

Anything else?

Activist group Black at Mount Holyoke College issued a statement in reaction to Stephens’ statement, which said, “This response from the organization negates the Anti-Racism strategy, which was released only days ago, since instead of taking the next action to ensure that the trainees who are remaining on school are safe, they simply state that nothing can be done about the rally.”

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