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This fall students at Cal Poly peacefully protested Raytheon at their career fair. Now their school is threatening them for their peace activism. Sign our letter to the Cal Poly President telling him to drop the threats against the students.


Dear Jeffrey D. Armstrong,

I implore you to drop the formal warnings received by students who sang in front of the Raytheon table at their fall career fair. The peaceful students repeated an activity they had held in the spring, after being cleared of any wrongdoing. But they are again being threatened with disciplinary action by your administration. For simply singing, for less than fifteen minutes.

The peaceful, singing students wished to shed light on the connection between Cal Poly and Raytheon, and between Raytheon and the death of civilians in Yemen and in conflicts around the world. They skillfully put Cal Poly’s educational philosophy “learn by doing” into practice, and exercised their right to free speech. Instead of commending the students for their activity in real world issues, or simply ignoring their tiny, minutes-long singing, your administration has chosen to frighten them with formal letters of warning.

Cal Poly is clearly intimidating its students in an attempt to appease the weapons manufacturer Raytheon. This is the same school that bent over backwards for a student who wore blackface and the far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in order to be seen as a free speech champion. The department tasked with protecting students is outrageously employing intimidation tactics against them to protect the school's ties to war profiteers. By prioritizing the comfort of Raytheon, which rakes in billions from weapons sales annually, Cal Poly is inflicting violence on its own students and the world. I ask you to please drop the threats against the SLO Peace Coalition students immediately.

Yours Sincerely,

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Margaret Christman
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Cody Dolnick
Jane Teller
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  • Margaret Christman
    signed 2019-09-04 00:02:35 -0400
  • Jack Herbert
    signed 2019-03-12 04:00:34 -0400
    Shape up, please. You’re exposing the corruption we all need to overthrow, to get our universities and our whole society back serving us rather than your and others’ ambitions. Give up your corrupt ambitions and fears and join in building a healthy society with the students. They’re ahead of you.
  • Arnold Stieber
    signed 2019-02-24 06:18:02 -0500
    As an Army, infantry veteran of the U.S. war against the people of Viet Nam, I support the students right to speak out against the war machine. As 2X Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Major General Smedley Butler said “War is a Racket” (also the title of his book) and these student are racket busters!
  • Jim Head
    signed 2019-02-22 23:53:38 -0500
  • Barby Ulmer`
    signed 2019-02-08 01:19:07 -0500
    Free speech includes not wanting war!
  • joyce shiffrin
    signed 2019-01-26 13:00:11 -0500
  • Christopher Erickson
    signed 2019-01-25 13:15:01 -0500
    Thank you for standing up for peace. Thank you for being brave.
  • Rodney Nippert
    signed 2019-01-23 14:56:07 -0500
  • Carl Anderson
    signed 2019-01-21 17:17:58 -0500
  • Al Sam
    signed 2019-01-15 14:08:19 -0500
    Listen to your constituents students and faculty. Say no to war and all false narratives pointing to it as a solution to anything.
  • Luna Abdallah
    signed 2019-01-11 14:58:28 -0500
  • Alex Howe
    signed 2019-01-11 14:14:43 -0500
  • Nancy Tate
    signed 2019-01-10 13:22:42 -0500
  • Jimmy Kintzele
    signed 2019-01-09 22:30:37 -0500
    It is in the best interest for Cal Poly to support Free Speech and these Peaceful Protestors, and I encourage you to take appropriate action and take back your intimidation tactics.
  • Lavelle Waters
    signed 2019-01-09 21:56:42 -0500
  • S. Perry
    signed 2019-01-08 17:47:52 -0500
  • Ian Hansen
    signed 2019-01-08 14:53:23 -0500
    Looks like “free speech” is only free if it’s harassing and ridiculing those already unjustly deprived of power. If free speech speaks truth to the powerful who earned their power by oppression and violence, then it is “trouble making” or “incivility” some other fucking bullshit.
  • Laura Saunders
    signed 2019-01-08 11:25:54 -0500
  • Jim Loveland
    signed 2019-01-07 18:27:28 -0500
    Jim Loveland
  • Carol Joan Patterson
    signed 2019-01-07 15:40:13 -0500
  • Nancy Cruz
    signed 2019-01-07 15:37:07 -0500
  • Ginny Schneider
    signed 2019-01-07 12:47:17 -0500
  • William Samuel
    signed 2019-01-07 11:48:47 -0500
  • Troy Heikkala
    signed 2019-01-06 19:21:37 -0500
    Peaceful protest is a right guaranteed in our Constitution.
  • Marion Kim
    signed 2019-01-06 03:44:02 -0500
    Marion Kim
  • cheryl kozanitas
    signed 2019-01-05 16:32:10 -0500
  • Cody Dolnick
    signed 2019-01-05 13:59:09 -0500
  • Jane Teller
    signed 2019-01-05 13:25:25 -0500
  • Tracy McLellan
    signed 2019-01-05 08:48:39 -0500
  • Peter Crownfield
    signed 2019-01-05 06:01:18 -0500
    Cal Poly should welcome and support aware and engaged students who raise these issue—and Cal Poly should learn from them, not repress them.
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