Monday, November 23, 2015

UC Regents Working Group on Intolerance Reports Progress

Hat tip AMCHA Initiative and Daily Californian

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“This is beyond hope, this is an absolute necessity,” said Regent Norman Pattiz as the regents revisited their ongoing discussion about the Statement of Principles Against Intolerance at their meeting Thursday morning."

Reference is made to my previous reports on University of California Regents meetings  for the purpose of writing a statement of principles on intolerance. I have participated in two public comment forums at UC Irvine and UCLA.

In this article by the Daily Californian, it appears progress is being made on a final statement that will specifically address the problem of anti-Semitism on campus.

“The issue of the First Amendment has been used by some as a smokescreen to try and back us down from taking appropriate action to stop these acts of hate,” said Regent Bonnie Reiss during the meeting."

“We respond with more outrage and are quicker when the same acts of hate (happen) to other groups than to our Jewish students,” Reiss said, addressing the ambivalence with which she said anti-Semitic acts have been met in the past."

It appears we will have to wait until March to see the final product. Much work needs to be done to curb the rise of anti-Semitism on UC campuses as well as campuses all over North America.

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