CSULB president condemns campus violence, embraces peaceful protest

College President Jane Close Conoley sent out a campus-wide email on Aug. 15 condemning racism and acts of violence amid the incidents at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The president sent out the message over the summer break in response to the national coverage and attention focused on Charlottesville to defend the first amendment, but to also stress campus values of doing so peacefully. “We have zero tolerance for violence,” Conoley said in the email. “Threatening others with weapons or fists negates one’s right of assembly.” The message was sent shortly after protests to remove a Confederate-era statue of Robert E. Lee became violent between protesters and opposers, which left one woman dead and several others injured. Conoley went on to denounce all forms of discrimination, and said there is no place in the U.S. for Neo-Nazis, white supremacists or nationalists. She also condemned Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group, which posted propaganda around CSULB in February. “Driving a vehicle into a peaceful crowd is a form of domestic terrorism,” Conoley continued. The University Police officers and campus officials are on standby to protect the campus from any threats, she wrote. The president went on to say as the

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