Call to Action!*


Join the “Stand Up and Speak Out” Campaign to disrupt the efforts of right-wing organizations targeting faculty who make public statements against President Trump or who publicly defend the rights of the victims of President Trump’s divisive rhetoric, actions, and policies. Instructions on how to get involved are below the Campaign Statement.

We join a worldwide campaign to publicly endorse the following statement during the Fall 2017 semester — scheduled for the week of September 11–15, 2017.

Since the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, the nation has witnessed accelerated and coordinated attempts to curb the free speech rights of university professors. Faculty speaking out against racial and ethnic oppression have become the primary targets of attempts at suppression. Such efforts undermine the university’s pivotal role in the production of knowledge and science, their translation into public policy, and their timely dissemination to the public.

Through his public statements, personal behavior, and choice of public policy initiatives, President Trump has encouraged racially-bigoted, class-exploitative, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic attitudes and behaviors among his supporters that include verbal attacks and physical violence. His election, his choice of associates, and his administrative appointments have emboldened reactionary individuals and organizations that attack those who dare stand up for the rights of people harmed by his divisive rhetoric and actions. It is within this hostile climate that the nation’s university faculty have been targeted by actions designed to silence and intimidate them.

We are joining other faculty during Stand Up and Speak Out Week in the United States and worldwide in making this statement in our classes and communities as our expression of solidarity with progressive professors who are being attacked by highly-organized right-wing groups like Campus Reform and Turning Point USA, and its Professor Watchlist.

Let the record show: We are not afraid, and our voices will not be silenced!

Join us as volunteers by filling out the Stand Up and Speak Out Sign-Up Volunteer Form @

Endorse as an organization by sending an e-mail to with the subject line “Endorsement” and the nature of the endorsement.

Join us as a collaborator by sending an e-mail to with the subject line “Collaborator” and the nature of the collaboration.

*Note: This campaign was a collaborative effort of ABSDISCOURSE. Sharing here for support!