Muslim University of Maryland students demand prayer rooms in every major building and ask that their names be kept from Donald Trump
- University of Maryland students issued 64 separate demands to staff
- Among them was a request from Muslim students for more prayer rooms
- They also asked for a shuttle bus to take them to a mosque from campus
- Another request asked staff not to share their names with Donald Trump
- The students say they fear the President-elect will, as he has suggested, implement a ‘Muslim registry’
Mustards demand submission:
Muslim students at the University of Maryland are asking for prayer rooms to be built in every major campus building as part of a lengthy list of demands to staff.
They also want bus shuttle services to local mosques to be laid on by the university and are asking for their names to be kept from President-elect Donald Trump if he creates a nationwide Muslim registry.
Their requests were among dozens issued by ‘marginalized’ students to the university’s president last month.
In their request for prayer rooms, the students said it was difficult to access the current space provided and often resorted to praying in stairwells as a result.
Students at the University of Maryland issued a list of demands including more Muslim prayer rooms and shuttle buses to mosques
Another request demands that the university does not include their names in any form of Muslim registry orchestrated by the government.
On Thursday President-elect Trump said he is considering creating such a database more seriously than ever in light of an attack on Berlin’s Christmas market by an Islamic extremist.
Students at the University of Maryland demand to be protected from the register, asking staff: ‘The university has the information about us.
‘It would provide a sense of safety if we knew the university wasn’t the one giving the government that information about us and feeling like our administration is protecting us and willing to do that carries some value,’ philosophy and math junior Sarah Eshera told student newspaper The Diamondback.
They are also asking that staff execute ‘better judgement’ in choosing films to show on campus after an incident in 2015 they refer to as ‘The American Sniper situation’.’
The university’s Muslim Association blocked the Bradley Cooper film from being shown on campus, launching a petition which claimed it encouraged ‘mass murder’, and ‘dehumanized Muslim individuals’.
The film viewing was postponed by Student Entertainment Events staff but the move was considered an affront on the free speech of non-Muslims.
In their most recent request, students said they hoped to avoid repeating the scenario.
The students asked that their names be ‘protected’ from the government if any staff are asked to contribute to a registry of American Muslims
They also asked that staff protect undocumented students from immigration officials on campus
Several other ‘marginalized’ groups issued their own demands as part of the list which is being looked over by staff.
Among them was a request for a promise by staff not to allow immigration agents on campus grounds to arrest undocumented students.
The university’s president previously said he would only allow such law enforcement officers on the ground if they were carrying legitimate arrest or search warrants.
Muslim students asked that staff keep their names from Donald Trump who has spoken of plans for a national Muslim registry
Students are asking that they be banned even if they do have the paperwork.
Native American students asked that all reference to and celebration of Columbus Day be wiped from campus curriculum and materials.
Instead, they asked that it be now referred to as ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ to ‘take away the stain of colonialism from our University.’
They also ask that it campus grounds be acknowledged as ‘indigenous land’ at every university event.
The university said it was reviewing the demands on Thursday.
‘We commend the students for their passionate advocacy and for coming together in solidarity on these issues.
‘President Loh has convened a group of his staff to thoroughly review the list of demands and make recommendations accordingly. That process is well underway,’ a spokesman said.
While no major incidents of hate crime at the university have been reported publicly since Trump’s election victory in November, there have been tensions elsewhere in the state.
Other universities have seen a spike in reported incidents with Muslim and black students among those the worst targeted.
They also asked the university to be more thoughtful in its choice of screened movies after a planned showcase of war film American Sniper (above) sparked controversy last year
While no major incidents of hate crime at the university have been reported publicly since Trump’s election victory in November, there have been tensions elsewhere in the state. Above, racist graffiti at a church in Maryland immediately after the election
1. Required diversity training for SGA recognized and Greek organizations.
2. The University employ more professors of color in all university departments
3. Increased mental health support and resources for students of color.
4. University scholarships for students of marginalized communities.
5. A statement from President Loh reassuring marginalized UMD students that the University is committed to making UMD a safe space for all marginalized groups in response to the election and urging these students to speak out when they feel that the university is not meeting this goal.
6. Immediate response to hate speech or actions from the University including a consequence (e.g. mark on transcript, potential suspension);
7. Immediate turnaround for the removal of hate speech printed or written on campus property, sidewalks and boards;
8. A task force separate from UMPD officers to look into investigations.
9. Revamping of the Diversity and Cultural Competency General Education requirement.
10. Representation of students of color on UMD Student Judiciary and Senate.
11. Study into the punishment statistics by race/gender/etc. of students at some point in the coming year – the legal system is rife with discrimination against minorities, especially those in poverty. It is crucial that our student judiciary is more equitable and gives all students a fair judgement.
12. Establishing a voluntary accreditation for activist groups.
13. Administration should support and defend activist groups by nullifying slander and smear campaign from bigger group. Example: Many members of SJP were slandered as anti-Semitic for being pro-Palestine;
14. Make free legal advice available for students participating in activism who face slander or other dishonest claims while exercising their rights to protest and free speech;
15. Provide protection during campus events that might make students feel unsafe because of their political implications [ie Israel Fest for Muslim and Arab students, Columbus day and Independence Day for American Indian students etc.].
16. The University of Maryland match the campus minimum wage to Prince George’s minimum wage.
17. An established safe, secure and permanent location for the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct at The University of Maryland.
18. The creation and implementation of Dean of Students with supporting staff.
19. The University officially remove the Christopher Columbus Day holiday from all university materials and mediums. Replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day to take away the stain of colonialism from our University.
20. Acknowledge during every event, that “this is indigenous land.” Make efforts to officially recognize the tribe or nation whose land upon which the University of Maryland is built.
21. Establish an Indigenous Studies minor.
22. Funding for AISU and departments such as Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy office, who supports indigenous students and their efforts.
23. The official recognition of the Sarah Winnemucca award in the University awards.
24. An indigenous scholarship for college students as well as high school students.
25. An indigenous cultural center where students can explore their indigenous identity and others.
26. University System of Maryland divestment from Maryland Correctional Enterprises.
27. UMD student divestment from businesses and companies invested in MCE and the prison industrial complex.
28. Tenure for African American professors.
29. Increased funding for the Nyumburu Cultural Center and making the Nyumburu Cultural Center a stop during UMD campus tours.
30. A claim to physical space on campus. A school that prides itself on diversity has failed to give students of color adequate, quality space such as a Latinx Cultural Center.
31. University recruitment practices involving students of color that making them and their friends feel welcome and included on campus.
32. A faculty body that is more diverse and representative of branches of academia that deal with the history and discourse of minority populations and integrating this into majors such as a USLT major and a road for tenure for the professors who teach in these departments.
33. More funding allocated for multicultural student organizations in order to execute educational and cultural programming to help bridge the diversity divide on campus.
34. Mandated faculty training in the fundamentals of campus inclusion of queer folks.
35. Students be allowed the choice of different gender roommates in the residence halls through random matching.
36. Multi-stall gender-inclusive bathrooms in every building with multi-stall bathrooms.
37. Converting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies program into a department in order to provide curricular autonomy.
38. Including pronouns in addition to names on student rosters seen by faculty and advisors.
39. Implementing a campus wide policy to replace male-female checkboxes with write-in boxes on all forms, surveys, and applications.
40. Gender neutral bathrooms in all buildings on campus.
41. Faculty (especially those working in the health center and counseling center), students, and college park police take part in queer diversity training, such as the Rainbow Terrapin Network.
42. The administration advocate for and defend the Arts and Humanities, as they are one of the departments most sensitive to LGBTQ issues and also one of the most at risk under new new state and federal leadership.
43. Protect the names and religious/ethnic affiliations of students should they be demanded from the government for harmful use.
44. An increase in the number of safe, designated prayer areas on campus.
45. One room in each major building (e.g. SPH, Chemistry, McKeldin etc.) designated for prayer.
46. Shuttle services to the Diyanet Center of America for Muslim students to have access to a place of worship and participate in the many activities that the center hosts.
47. Increased discussions about the diversity of the Muslim community on campus and worldwide.
48. More classes offered pertaining to Islam and the Muslim world taught by Muslim professors, who will counteract the negativity surrounding the name of Islam that is perpetuated by our culture and media.
49. Measures to prevent situations similar to the “American Sniper” situation from happening again.
50. More Zabiha options on the campus meal plan to accommodate Muslims who adhere to those rulings.
51. More counselors who are sensitive to the needs of Muslim students. Ensure that the have the training be sensitive to the nuances in the Muslim community and are from the communities we often come from.
52. The encouragement of equal and positive representation of Pro-Palestinian human rights activists on campus. Specifically, condemning the conflation of Pro-Palestinian activism with racism and Anti-Semitism.
53. The active encouragement of faculty and students to engage in discourse and learning about the Palestinians’ struggles and the Boycott Divest and Sanction movement without fear of consequences by the university administration.
54. Faculty and students have long been targeted for their political stances and their rights to free speech impeded, especially on this issue
55. A full-time Undocumented Student Coordinator to advocate for, advise, represent, and protect undocumented and DACAmented students.
56. A declaration of the University of Maryland, College Park as a sanctuary campus for undocumented and DACAmented students and their families.
57. Ensured protection of student information about immigration status from local, state, and government agencies.
58. A system to ensure reaction and protection from the UMD Administration if an undocumented or DACAmented student faces detention or deportation proceedings.
59. A full-time immigration attorney for the Offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Student Legal Aid.
60. An Undocumented Student Resource Office to provide academic counseling, legal support, mental health counseling, and to guide students to university resources.
61. Mandatory training about undocumented students’ unique experiences and needs in academic settings for all university faculty and staff.
62. A significant expansion of mental health services for all students of color, especially undocumented and DACAmented students.
63. A system to ensure that DACAmented students can continue to receive in-state tuition if their DACA status is cancelled.
64. An opening up of merit scholarships and emergency funds to undocumented and DACAmented students.
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Moonbattery has another take on this Mustard demand thing:
The leftist strategy known as Cultural Marxism entails destroying a society by playing off marginalized groups against the core population. For decades, liberals have encouraged people to define themselves as members of groups that deviate from the norm, to pretend that they are oppressed, and to make outrageous demands. College campuses now sound like kennels due the forceful barking of these increasingly arrogant and tyrannical demands, such as a recent list moonbats at the University of Maryland want to impose in the name of “marginalized student populations”:
The project, known as ProtectUMD, is a collaborative effort between 25 student organizations at the University of Maryland, including Students for Justice in Palestine, Bisexuals at Maryland, and the Black Student Union.
There are 64 demands across 8 subsets of students—Marginalized, American Indian, Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Muslim, Pro-Palestine, and Undocumented—including scholarships for “students of marginalized communities,” a ban on Columbus Day, beginning every on-campus event with an acknowledgement that “this is Indigenous Land,” that African American professors get tenure, that preferred pronouns are included on rosters, and that “queer diversity training” is required.
Muslim students also want “one room in each major building designated for prayer” and “shuttle services to [the local mosque] for Muslim students to have access to a place of worship.”
Among the Pro-Palestine demands, students want the administration to condemn the “conflation of Pro-Palestinian activism with Anti-Semitism,” claiming that “Pro-Palestinians do not reject the human rights of any group of people.”
Note that they not only demand special privileges and services, but the propagation of propaganda and the suppression of dissenting opinions.
If these bullies are marginalized, it is because they marginalize themselves in order to gain power over the rest of us.
They had better hope that the greater goal of destroying American society is never accomplished. Without the regular Americans that they feed on like remoras, they would soon be at each other’s throats. It’s happening already.