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Campus organizations host Stand Against Hate Week

first_imgSeveral campus organizations have joined forces this week to promote tolerance and student well-being with Stand Against Hate Week, an annual awareness week that seeks to both educate about hate and empower individuals to challenge it.The week is hosted by the Gender Relations Center (GRC) and is co-sponsored by several other campus organizations, including Notre Dame Right to Life and PrismND.Senior Matthew Connell, vice president of communications for Notre Dame Right to Life, said the groups are partnering for the event with the intent “to stand alongside marginalized populations and just to advocate for their dignity.”The week will host a series of events aimed to create a dialogue about hate on campus, said senior Devon Harford, president of PrismND.Each event seeks to help “face hate and to not only work to move past it and to teach people how to move past it,” she said.The week kicked off Monday with a panel discussion titled “Is Black Lives Matter a Pro-Life Issue?” hosted by Campus Ministry and Right to Life.Volunteers from the Icarus Project, an organization that aims to promote mental health, visited Tuesday to teach individuals about self-care “through the lens of dealing with traumas,” Harford said.On Thursday evening, a prayer service will be held at the Grotto in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes those who were murdered for their transgender identities. Harford said the names of transgender individuals who have been killed this year will be read aloud during the service.“We’re each going to state their names so that they can not only be remembered but still have an individual voice, even after it’s been taken from them,” she said.Sara Agostinelli, assistant director of LGBTQ student initiatives at the GRC, said the week will come to a close Friday with a banner signing at Fieldhouse Mall.The intent of the pledge is to allow students to unify under the week’s intention and to show their support for victims of hate, Agostinelli said.“[The] banner will hang in LaFortune Student Center after Thanksgiving,” she said.Agostinelli said a central goal of the week is to give individuals strength in the face of intolerance.“I hope that students gain an opportunity to engage both in self-reflection of their identity but also in conversations with their peers and understanding of how [we are] encouraging people to be their full authentic selves,” she said.Harford said she hopes Stand Against Hate week will help others become more aware of systematic hate and the means by which it can be resisted.“Standing up against hate is more than just standing up to people who hate, it’s standing up to hate around you, in your life and in the lives of the people around you,” she said.Tags: Gender Relations Center, Notre Dame Right to Life, PrismND, StaND Against Hate Weeklast_img read more

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Tensions high after two farmers killed in South Sumatra land conflict

first_imgAfter the New Order regime collapsed in 1998, the villagers made an effort to reclaim their land, urging the company to return it 20 years later, in 2018.Several efforts to bring the two parties to terms have been made but to no avail. Lahat Regent Cik Ujang arranged a proposal for the company to give up 20 percent of its plantation area to villagers under the plasma smallholders scheme, in which the villagers would sell the produce to the company.The offer was rejected, and villagers kept working the land without an agreement.On the morning of March 21, the plantation company moved to evict the villagers from the land. A number of company security guards, accompanied by police officers carrying rifles, arrived to enforce the eviction.Villagers resisted, and violence broke out between the two groups. In addition to the two farmers who died during the clash, two others were injured. They were taken to the Lahat General Hospital.The clash ended after the police fired warning shots and company security personnel withdrew from the land.“The dead farmers have been buried. Their graves are a symbol of our fight. The injured farmers are recovering,” said Andriansyah.Read also: Land disputes still common, putting farmers’ future in jeopardyCivil society organizations, including the South Sumatra chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and the Palembang Legal Aid Institute, lambasted what they considered the company’s aggression. They wrote an open letter to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.“We urge the President to evaluate palm oil plantation permits that have been leading to land conflicts,” South Sumatra Walhi executive director Hairul Sobri said.He said the police should uncover the truth instead of defending one party in the conflict. He said facts had been manipulated regarding the naming of suspects.“The National Police should also investigate the regional police for providing security assistance to the company during the conflict.”Pagar Batu villagers have demanded that the government investigate the case thoroughly and work to settle the ongoing land dispute.PT Artha Prigel spokesperson Yulius Rafli did not respond The Jakarta Post’s request for comment. (aly)Topics : The conflict has been ongoing since 1993, when the company forced Pagar Batu residents to give up their land in exchange for what they considered paltry compensation. According to the village’s youth forum, the total area of the disputed land is about 180 hectares.“We’re still defending our land because it is the source of our livelihoods. There’s no more farm land in the village. Where else would we make our livings,” a resident named Andriansyah told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, adding that the villagers had produced coffee, durian and rubber on the land for generations.Read also: Conflicts in South Sumatra triggered by overlapping landPT Artha Prigel is a subsidiary of PT Bukit Barisan Indah Permai of the Sawit Mas Group. The government granted the company an additional 35-year permit to cultivate the 2000 ha of land in 2006. Years of conflict between residents of Pagar Batu village and oil palm plantation company PT Artha Prigel in Lahat regency, South Sumatra, reached a climax recently as company security guards allegedly killed two farmers from the village.Lahat Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Irwansyah said a security guard, identified as 38-year-old UB, had been named a suspect for allegedly stabbing the two farmers: Putra, 32, and Sumarlin, 38.“We are still investigating the case and questioning other witnesses. It is possible that we will name new suspects later,” Irwansyah said.last_img read more

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