Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Racial Environment in Higher Ed

The Portland State Vanguard
By Jessica Pollard
April 25, 2016

Students and community members gathered in Parkway North at the Smith Memorial Student Union to hear thoughts on race in higher education from a panel of five that included students and community activists.

Panelists included students and Black Lives Matter activists Robin Davis and Tessara Dudley, Somali Student Association President and Student Labor Action Project member Ladan Abdi, BLM and All-African People’s Revolutionary Party organizer Adrienne Cabot, Co-director of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays Portland Black Chapter Leila Haile.

“We’re going to start off by asking how we define higher education. Is the current state of higher education actually working?” moderator and student Jaboa Lake asked to kick off the panel.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Protesters Halt a “Students for Trump” Meeting at Portland State University

Willamette Week
By Jenna Mulligan
April 8, 2016

Demonstrators at Portland State University interrupted and overwhelmed the first campus meeting of a "Students for Trump" group on Thursday night.

The protestors against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump were PSU students and members of several local activist groups, including university groups Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) and PSU Student Union.

"We came to make them uncomfortable," PSU sophomore Olivia Pace said. Pace said activists had been alerted to the pro-Trump meeting by a Facebook group, and had immediately decided to interrupt it.

The meeting was being held in the Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU's downtown Portland campus.

Co-founders of "Students for Trump" Stephen Johnston and Volodymyr Kolychev responded to the change in their meeting agenda by videotaping the event and jumping into heated discussions with the protesters.