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Act NOW to support Hampton University Students

On Wednesday November 2, 2005 students at Hampton University participated in the Nation-Wide Student Walkout and highlighted problems such as the massive urban renewal in New Orleans, HIV and AIDS, Homophobia, the crisis in Sudan, and the War in Iraq which was sensationally repressed by the CAMPUS POLICE. During the walk-out, several students were booked just because they had on Resist or Die stickers and others were booked for looking "suspicious." Some students were even threatened with expulsion.
Hampton University Students, Nov 2, 2005. Source: www.unionvoice.org
Today, students have a hearing under the grounds that they were "cajoling"? and "proselytizing,"? observed putting up unauthorized flyers, and involved in unapproved protest and demonstration. These students attempted to educate the student body about political and social issues. And because they decided to participate in the student walk-out, the most severe punishment for this infraction is expulsion from the University.

Take action now to support Hampton University Students right to educate and inform the student body about human rights.


Be sure to call and/or send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Dr. Bennie McMorris,
Vice President for Student Affairs
bennie.mcmorris (at) hamptonu.edu

Woodson Hopewell,
Dean of Men
woodson.hopewell (at) hamptonu.edu

Jewel Long,
Dean of Women
jewel.long (at) hamptonu.edu

Subject: Support for Hampton University Students

Dear, [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I am writing to support Hampton University's students who are being threatened with expulsion for participating in the National Student Walkout on November 2, 2005. The student group that organized the walkout has not been officially recognized, even though they have applied numerous times. They have been consistently denied access to the democratic process to which as students they are entitled, and through which it can be determined if they are worthy of recognition.

We demand that the hearings be dropped and that you change your policy on student protests and demonstrations.


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