UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS 13 DEMANDS FOR COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: FREE HEALTHCARE, HOUSING, STAFF SENSITIVITY TRAINING, ETC.
Columbia University got hit by demands from an illegal immigrant group, called Undocumented Students Initiative (UndoCU for short).
UndoCU presented its list of 13 demands on Facebook . Check below – note: some paragraphs not included:
Reflections and Renewed Demands, by UndoCU:
This past year, the year of UndoCU’s conception, we have consistently faced issues and problems that the university has, at best, responded to sparingly. Our daily lived experiences are shaped by national and federal forces that we must face with bravery, but the collective university administration’s inaction has worsened these issues. Some of us were on the verge of homelessness. Some, including their families, are at high risk of deportation. That the university is not active in aiding and ameliorating these problems demonstrates Columbia’s lack of intrinsic interest in its undocumented students.
We therefore present this list of demands upon which we expect the university to act. We are willing to work with anyone, to any extent, in order to resolve these issues. We refuse, however, to amend or change any of these demands.
–Financial and housing difficulties.
While some have been granted summer housing, others have not, and the summer housing process has been shifty, disorganized, and un-proactive.
–Reaching out to/protecting undocumented students
How can administration contact and keep in touch with undocumented students without a record of students that the administration may be in the future be forced to relinquish to federal authorities?
–International student designation
We are international students only by technical designation, so we are all subject to pay the semesterly $70.00 international services fee.
We also demand full reimbursement of the health insurance fees.
–Creation of an ombudsperson position who understands the psychological, financial, administrative, and all other dimensions of the undocumented student issue and experience.
–Specialized fundraising for undocumented students
We want the university as a whole and individual schools to raise funding to specifically support undocumented students in both undergrad and grad schools with the objective of creating undocumented student specific scholarships and grants.
Need based funding must be available for undocumented students at all Columbia University and affiliate schools.
–Inclusion in the undocumented student working group
We demand for faculty representation selected by members of Undocu to be present in the working group meetings.
–CPS—Counseling services training
We want more experienced counselors in immigration available at CPS as well as a variance of options. We want specifically trained immigration counselors as well as counselors trained in trauma. Additionally, we would like treatment to be less medically focused. Currently, some of our experiences with CPS have alienated us from continuing to seek mental health resources.
We demand awareness training of CCE career counselors who understand our unique situation and the sensitive attention it demands.
–Sensitivity training for faculty and staff
During the spring semester we published an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator asking that the university provide sensitivity training for professors, TA, and all other staff in terms of immigration language and rhetoric. Much like sexual health training, it is imperative that immigration subjects be treated with the proper language and information. It is unacceptable for students to be called “illegal” in their own classrooms or for professors to tell us to “get legal.”
UndoCU (Undocumented Students Initiative)
- CNN’s Fareed Zakaria : “American universities these days seem to be committed to every kind of diversity – except intellectual diversity”
RARE MOMENT! CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on liberals great delusion of being the most tolerant when it comes to free speech:
“American universities these days seem to be committed to every kind of diversity – except intellectual diversity,” he continued. “Conservative voices and views are being silenced entirely.”
“It’s strange that this is happening on college campuses that promised to give their undergraduates a liberal education,” Zakaria stated.
“The word liberal in this context has nothing to do with today’s partisan language, but refers instead to the Latin root, pertaining to liberty. And at the heart of liberty in the Western world has been freedom of speech. From the beginning, people understood that this meant protecting and listening to speech with which you disagreed.”
Zakaria cite examples of Mike Pence, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Milo and Ann Coulter, listing them as target of war on free speech by so-called tolerant liberals.
- CONFIRMED: Three leakers of classified information at the White House have been identified and are expected to be fired
( Daily Wire ) At least three people inside the White House have been identified as serial leakers of classified information and are expected to be fired by President Trump before the long holiday weekend ends, according to two news organizations
“CBS News has confirmed from two sources that three leakers of classified information at the White House have been identified and are expected to be fired,” CBS News reported this week, adding, “Officials within the Trump White House believe leaks of Mr. Trump’s conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are a ‘deliberate attempt’ by officials who are holdovers from President Obama’s administration and are trying to damage the Trump presidency.”
A smaller news org, One America News Network, was the first to break the story, reporting that the identities of three suspected White House leakers have been handed over to authorities.
Reporter Trey Yingst wrote on Twitter that the suspected leakers had been identified:
Strange red lights were seen in the windows of the second-floor residence of the White House around 8:30 p.m. the lights seemed to be strobing inside the building.
Breaking 911 reports:
What appeared to be flashing red lights appeared from the second floor of the White House Sunday evening.
Livestream webcams showed the strange sight—the flashing stopped after about 20 minutes.
There was no official statement from the US Secret Service or The White House.
WSVN anchor Robbin Simmons tweeted out a video of red flashing lights from inside the White House at 8:30pm EST Sunday.
New Kushner-Russia Story Stokes Concern of West Wing Leakers
( Lifezette ) The latest claim stems from a supposed meeting that President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had on Dec. 1 or 2 with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. According to The Washington Post, U.S. officials who reviewed intercepts between Kislyak and Moscow saw that Kushner requested “a secret [communications] channel with Moscow rather than relying on traditional government systems.”
This alleged request by Kushner, the White House aide who conceived of and planned Mr. Trump’s just-concluded, multi-country trip, “adds to a broader pattern of efforts by Trump’s closest advisers to obscure their contacts with Russian counterparts.”
The Washington Post apparently received its tip about this story through an anonymous letter it received in December — whose full contents the newspaper has not revealed. The letter stated, in part, that Kushner raised the issue with Kislyak about setting up the secure communications channel. It also discussed “arranging a meeting between a representative of Trump and a ‘Russian contact’ in a third country whose name was not identified,” the newspaper reports.
Inside the West Wing, discovering and prosecuting those responsible for the constant drumbeat of leaks has become a top priority. While most of the focus has been on current U.S. intelligence personnel and former Obama administration officials, there is now increasing concern that some of the recent leaks involving Kushner could be coming directly from the West Wing.
A government source familiar with the Trump White House’s inner circle put it this way: “It is sad there are so many insecure people in the West Wing, who don’t care about serving their country or pushing the president’s agenda.” When pressed about the identity of this “insecure person,” the source demurred. “Instead, they are solely focused on themselves and planting false stories, to put targets on other people’s backs, to shift attention from their own records.”
Read more: RUSSIA LEAKS FROM WITHIN WEST WING
Yep! Lock them up! Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend with some hard hitting advice on how to deal with White House leakers : “You start putting a few people in jail, you’ll see the leaks dry up dramatically.”
Newt Gingrich: “I wrote my newsletter this week on the very real notion that we should lock people up who leak secrets. Let me draw the distinction; there’s political garbage from people who go across to the Starbucks near the White House and they sit and they tell insider stories. That’s unfortunate you ought to fire them if you can find them.
But that’s not the same as violating the Secrecy Acts. People who violate the Secrecy Acts ought to go to jail. What happened with the Manchester information for example, after the bombing in Manchester, undermined the British investigation, weakened our relationship to our allies and it’s dangerous.
Whoever leaked that should go to jail. You start putting a few people in jail, and you’ll see the leaks dry up dramatically.”
ALREADY SNOWFLAKES EIGHT GRADERS TO PAUL RYAN DURING D.C. FIELD TRIP: NO PHOTO OP BECAUSE ‘WE ALL HATE YOU!’
- Snowflake in the making! Matthew Malespina, 13-years-old: ‘I would never take a picture with that man. Never. (But) Definitely, I would take a picture with Hillary Clinton‘
- Matthew Malespina immediately texted his librarian mother Elissa Elliott Malespina to tell her that he was so concerned meeting with Paul Ryan and she urged him to let the teachers know he was uncomfortable with it.
- “I can’t take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without healthcare,” Matthew Malespina, a student at the school, told his local newspaper, The Village Green
Eight grade students from South Orange Middle School in New Jersey were in Washington D.C. for a field trip when they get a ‘horrible’ news: House Speaker Paul Ryan is going to meet them!
So disturbed by the idea, Matthew Malespina, 13, immediately texted his librarian mother Elissa Elliott Malespina to tell her that he was so concerned and she urged him to let the teachers know he was uncomfortable with it.
“I can’t take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without healthcare,” Matthew Malespina, a student at the school, told his local newspaper, The Village Green
And because of the disturbing situation, teachers did not force the students to take picture with Ryan, but only those who were willing. When Ryan emerged from the Capitol on Thursday, some students who had agreed to take part were gathered on the steps to have their photograph taken. The others were stood across the street with Ryan unaware that they had refused.
Matthew also ruled out ever posing with President Trump but enthusiastically said he’d have a snap taken with Hillary Clinton.
‘I would never take a picture with that man. Never. (But) Definitely, I would take a picture with Hillary Clinton,’ he said.
South Orange Middle School students in the same grade walked out of classes earlier in the year to protest against Trump’s inauguration.
On Facebook, his librarian mom Elissa Elliott Malespina posted: ‘So proud of Matthew!’
His mother also said:
‘I don’t think it was a sign of disrespect. I think it was a sign of peaceful protesting. A sign of disrespect would be to curse the guy off but he chose to not take a picture with a man who was clearly doing it for a photo-op. I think all of them were rather respectful.’