Solidarity with JMI Students

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Teachers and Researchers United at Johns Hopkins University stands in solidarity with students, staff, and faculty at Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University facing police brutality in the wake of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Students, staff, and faculty have every right to protest the rising tide of Islamophobic nationalism in India, and there is absolutely no justification for the horrific violence police forces deployed against them. As an organization concerned with the rights of students to protest and curbing the power of police repression, particularly on campuses, TRU condemns in the strongest possible terms the police actions on these campuses as well as the government officials lending support to these actions. We urge international support and solidarity with students, staff, and faculty at Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University.

We encourage all of our members to sign the following petition to express support. The bravery and sacrifice of these protestors cannot and will not be forgotten as their struggle continues. Physical and mental brutality is never appropriate or okay, and we back all those who fight against it.

Content warning on the petition: descriptions of police violence/sexual violence

VICTORY! Hopkins Cancels ICE Contracts

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A large group of people carrying signs marches from Gilman Hall towards Garland

We did it!!! It has been confirmed that even after JHU renewed a contract between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the School of Medicine, that contract will be canceled.

This victory is a direct result of the tremendous effort, organizing, struggle and love of many different individuals and organizations – on and off campus. This victory is a clear example of how we as Hopkins workers can hold our university accountable, and how we can work with the wider communities of Baltimore, Maryland, and the United States to change things for the better.

When we work together, listen to each other, care for each other, and refuse to give up, great things are possible. We thank the Hopkins Coalition Against ICE, the JHU Sit-In, the Coalition for a Humane Hopkins, Hopkins Nurses United, ACLU of Maryland, Sanctuary DMV, CASA, and so many more who have stood in solidarity together to make this happen.

More details are available in an article by the JHU News Letter. This victory was also covered in The College Post.

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TRU Co-organizes Action against ICE Contracts

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A group of people stand on the upper level balcony of Brody as in front of them a large banner hangs down off the railing proclaiming "END THE CONTRACTS #ICEoutjhu"

TRU co-organized a teach-in as part of the Coalition Against ICE outside Brody Learning Commons. The teach-in was then followed by a banner drop inside Brody. These actions were in opposition to JHU’s contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is the federal government agency which has become infamous for its deportation raids on migrant communities and the indefinite detention of immigrant families.

The original TRU-endorsed petition calling on JHU to immediately end its contracts with ICE was presented to the administration at the end of September, and we received a response earlier this month. The administration rejected the call for an immediate end to the contracts, primarily on the grounds that to do so would threaten faculty members’ academic freedom.

The Hopkins Coalition Against ICE has drafted a response, which has been endorsed by a number of groups, including TRU, rejecting the administration’s specious logic. Whether or not you can make it Thursday, you can continue to support the anti-ICE movement at JHU by individually supporting the response here.

If the university is serious about its claims of “unwavering commitment” to students and workers “regardless of immigration status”, they need to end their complicity in this brutal deportation machine that tears apart our communities and divides workers on the basis of immigration status.

The action was covered by the JHU News-Letter.

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TRU Rep. Interviewed Regarding ICE Contracts

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A representative of TRU was interviewed by the Hopkins News Letter regarding JHU’s refusal to end the contracts with ICE. He said:

The University is participating in supporting an agency whose main purpose is mass surveillance, tracking-down and deporting immigrant families who are living peacefully in this country. That’s not academic.

You can read the full article on the News Letter Website.

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