Joint Statement Regarding the anti-Semitic, anti-Black, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Posters on UIC’s Campus

Dear UIC Community,

SJI and multiple university units joined together to send a clear message ​of solidarity in the wake of​ recent anti-semitic acts on campus. ​​The statement calls for an end to hateful, divisive ​actions and advocates for safe and equitable communities free from discrimination. You’re invited to share the statement and help us to transform ​this ​current challenge into an opportunity to create positive change and learning in our institutions and ​neighborhoods.


On March 16, a series of flyers was posted on UIC’s campus that exploit social justice issues to spread anti-Semitic views. First and foremost, as units on campus that work at the forefront of UIC’s commitment to diversity and social justice, we condemn all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-Blackness or any forms of hatred, phobia, or dehumanization.

Secondly, the damaging and hurtful nature of these posters is that they seek to malign and divide some of the very groups that are fighting injustice and xenophobia in the first place. They erroneously depict the groups “Black Lives Matter” and “We are Muslims” as authors of the anti-Semitic hateful flyers. No specific group takes credit but hashtags are added to suggest authorship of the incendiary flyers by Black and Muslim/Arab organizations. If real groups authored these flyers, why not take credit? If they did not want to be associated, why incriminate their movements? It makes no sense. Moreover, the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag is not even the # most commonly used by either the national or Chicago chapter, neither of which know anything about the origin of these flyers.

Many of us either work with or have students involved with Chicago’s Black Lives Matter, Palestine solidarity and Muslim organizations on campus and in the city. These groups would never circulate anti-semitic or hateful literature like this. It is antithetical to their mission and work. These fake posters are consistent with a long history whereby hate groups have cited marginalized communities as authors of hate speech to smear them and incite mistrust between them. They serve the goals of both provoking anti-Semitic hatred and justifying the targeting of Palestine solidarity and Black Lives Matter movements, wrongly indicting them as purveyors of hate.

We stand united against hatred and discrimination against all communities.

We condemn these anti-Semitic assaults as well as the divisive suggestion that Black and Muslim students are the source of this racism.

We disavow any attempt to use the painful realities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or the Holocaust as fodder for anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Blackness.

We will not allow this or any incident to pit one of our communities against the other.

We the undersigned stand together,

African-American Cultural Center
African American Studies
Arab American Cultural Center
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Initiative
Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
Career Services
Chair of the Department of Philosophy
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans (CCSAA)
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People and Allies
Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education
College of Education
Disability Resource Center
Gender and Sexuality Center
Gender and Women’s Studies Program
Germanic Studies Department
Global Asian Studies Program
Hispanic and Italian Studies Department
Head of the Department of English
Honors College
Institute for the Humanities
Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE)
Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy
International Studies Program
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Jewish Studies Program
Latin American and Latino Studies Program
Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) Program
Middle East and Muslim Societies Cluster
Moving Image Arts Minor
Museum and Exhibition Studies Program
Office of the Dean of Students
Office of Undergraduate Research
Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center
Religious Studies Program
School of Art & Art History
School of Literatures, Cultural Studies & Linguistics
School of Theatre and Music
Social Foundations of Education Program
Social Justice Initiative
UIC United Faculty (UICUF)
Women’s Leadership and Resource Center

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Now accepting applications for The Pipeline to Justice (P2J) Academic Scholarship and Program!

SJI is accepting nominations and applications for the Pipeline to Justice (P2J) 2017 cohort. We are looking for determined community leaders who have a background in community organizing, activism or service that advances social justice. If you know someone who has applied or intends to apply to UIC for admission in Fall 2017, and would be a good candidate for the program, please encourage them to apply by the deadline Friday, April 7, 2017 .

Ideal candidates are individuals who have been committed to working toward social justice. This work includes, but is not limited to: policy and human rights advocacy, socially-engaged art practice, organizing with grassroots groups, and community fellowships and education. Candidates must demonstrate leadership skills, and express a desire to continue social justice oriented service after graduation.

To apply please submit:

  • A nomination letter from a community leader or professor/teacher
  • 1-2 paragraph biography of applicant
  • Academic history and transcripts (including High School GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and any college or university transcripts)
  • A resume/CV

SJI requires that all P2J nomination/application materials are submitted to Prudence Browne pbrown22@uic.edu. All candidates must apply separately to UIC’s undergraduate college. UIC’s application deadline for first year students is January 15, 2017 and for transfer students is March 31, 2017. For more information on the P2J program, please visit our program section.

Please email pbrown22@uic.edu with inquiries or for more information!

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