PROTEST JUNE 12, 2014 @ 11:30AM (ST Louis Ave. cul de sac)
WHERE: NEIU main campus 5480 N St Louis Ave, Chicago 60625
Former Polish President Lech Walesa made homophobic comments about gays should not be in politics. That all minorities should not push their views on the majority. They need to move to the back of the room or be put behind a wall. These comments he made without apology in early 2013.
Students and staff have told President Sharon Hahs and the Board of Trustees that homophobia is not going to be accepted on campus and to remove Lech Walesa's name from the building.
Sharon Hahs came back with an email in April 2014 saying that she was going to ignore recommendations to remove the name. That Lech Walesa's words do not cancel his Solidarity accomplishment.
Sharon and the Board of Trustees are sending the wrong message that homophobia and bigotry are "allowed and okay" in certain situations.
Clearly Sharon Hahs has never had to come out to friends and family as a gay person. Has no idea what it is like to be victim of gay bashing or other homophobic violence.
We are not going to stop fighting until Lech Walesa's name is off that building and we can be free from seeing is oppressive name everyday that we walk on campus.
Shame on you Sharon Hahs and Board or Trustees. Shame on you for the disruption that YOU caused and the pain YOU inflicted upon both student and staff of Northeastern Illinois University.