UC Davis profs promote anti-Trump teach-ins with school email

Professors at the University of California, Davis are encouraging their colleagues to spread “as widely as possible” a list of anti-Trump teach-ins on Inauguration Day using university list servs.

In fact, Campus Reform recently obtained a copy of an email, sent by out by UC-Davis professor Eric Louis Russell, explicitly calling for the circulation of the list of anti-Trump protests.

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“As some of you are aware, a number of faculty have organized a Teach-In to coincide with and in support of the planned Walk-Out by UAW 2865 (a local teacher's union), as well as political events in Washington and locally,” Russell writes in his email, before encouraging his colleagues forward the email “as widely as possible” to any interested “faculty, staff, and students, as well as to all others [who] might be interested.”

Indeed, the email was eventually passed to all those in the school’s International Studies Department, as an email obtained by Campus Reform shows that the list of teach-ins was sent to the department’s list serv, potentially violating the school’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, according to IRS guidelines.

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The day of teach-ins, set to last well into the evening of Inauguration Day, kicked off with a panel of faculty members reflecting on their reactions to a Trump presidency, called “Faculty Responses to Trump.”

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Other teach-ins will discuss the “challenges and opportunities for American Muslims in a post-Trump world,” with another focusing on “LGBTQA rights under Trump,” and yet another looking at “the sciences under Trump.”

Campus Reform reached out Russell for comment on the propriety of using public resources to promote a partisan political platform, but did not receive a response in time or publication.

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