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Aug. 14, 2017

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the racist-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Va.

"In the strongest possible terms, UUP denounces the racist uprising that took place in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12. We reject racism, white supremacism, neo-Nazism, neo-Confederatism, the alt-right, and any and all fringe hate groups that seek to spread their anti-American doctrine.

"As the nation’s largest higher education union, UUP abhors hate speech and believes it has no place in 21st century America.

"I am sickened and disgusted by the gross inaction of President Donald Trump, who waited more than two days to criticize groups like the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis by name for their part in last weekend’s chaos—what can only be termed as domestic terrorism.

"The nation’s colleges and universities are open, welcoming places where ideas are sacred. The ugly fascist expressions and violence in Charlottesville are a direct assault on our work as educators, and our nation."

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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