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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

#Trump Rally at #Chicago UIC is Too 'Dangerous' For Campus, Profes Say #VoteTrump #VoteTrump2016 #TrumpTrain

By Stephanie Lulay | March 8, 2016 9:49am | Updated March 9, 2016 8:48am
 Teachers at the University of Illinois at Chicago say the presence of Donald Trump and his supporters at the UIC Pavilion Friday  will create a "physically dangerous" environment  for students and staff.   
Trump Rally Plan Riles Chicago Protesters
CHICAGO — Teachers at the University of Illinois at Chicago say 
the presence of Donald Trump and his supporters at the UIC 
for students and staff.
In a letter to UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, a group of 180 
UIC professors and staff members write that they value free speech, 
but the alarm behind Trump's visit extends to more than 
opposition to political positions. 
"We are deeply distressed that this event threatens to create a hostile 
and physically dangerous environment to the students, staff, faculty 
and alumni who come out to express their opposition," the letter 
reads. "We base this claim on what happened recently at another 
public higher education institution, Valdosta State in Georgia, 
all of whom were students enrolled at the university, who were 
seeking to attend the rally being held in a campus venue." 
The professors are also concerned for the safety 
of the UIC Pavilion's diverse staff of student employees and others 
"who have no choice but to traverse parts of the campus around 
the Pavilion going to and from work and class," according to the letter. 
UIC officials have not responded to multiple requests for their 
security plans as of Tuesday. On Monday, a spokesman for the 
Chicago Police Department said officers will be at the rally but referred 
all questions on security plans to the Secret Service.
"CPD will have a very visible presence," said police spokesman 
Anthony Guglielmi.
In a letter to students and staff, Chancellor Amiridis said it has 
been the university's standard policy for decades to rent available 
space to any political candidate when requested. 
"UIC’s core values of freedom, equality and social justice for all, 
regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability status or 
sexual orientation, are deeply rooted in our diverse community 
and not endangered by the presence of any political candidate on 
campus," Amiridis wrote. "We encourage public and civic 
engagement by all members of our University and we endorse 
the idea that the answer to speech that one does not like or finds offensive is more speech and not censorship." 
Following news of his rally last week, protesters started mobilizing. 
of RSVPs. Organizers told those opposed to the GOP presidential 
front-runner to show up at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., 
Friday and not only protest outside — but snag tickets and 
get inside. 
In other cities, protesters have encountered violence at Trump rallies. 
As of Tuesday morning, nearly 8,600 people vowed to show up 
to the event (though Facebook RSVPs for such events are 
typically higher than actual turnout). The stadium can hold up 
to 10,000 people, depending on how its configured, according 
to the UIC Pavilion website.
But a petition to cancel the rally altogether has even more 
On Monday, a number of Latino politicians including U.S. Rep. 
Luis Gutierrez (D), Ald. George Cardenas (12th), Ald. Raymond 
Lopez (15th), and Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) said they will stand 


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