Thursday, December 1, 2016

Campus Reacts to White Supremacy Posters at Purdue

On Wednesday posters promoting white supremacy were plastered across the Purdue campus. They were promptly taken down and President Mitch Daniels released the following statement to WLFI:
“Reading the dozen or so words on the posters in question, it’s not at all clear what they mean. But if one looks behind them, as I did, to the organization’s website, there are views expressed there that are obviously inconsistent with the values and principles we believe in here at Purdue. This is a transparent effort to bait people into overreacting, thereby giving a minuscule fringe group attention it does not deserve, and that we decline to do.”
Many on campus felt the President's response was inadequate, and Wednesday evening the Purdue Social Justice Coalition organized an emergency meeting to discuss possible action and to encourage a stronger university response; here is Exponent coverage of the meeting.

On Thursday a plainly irritated Presdient Daniels released another statement to the Purdue community:
"My condemnation of the apparent motives behind the posters at issue wasn't sufficiently strident for some, and that's fair enough. Each person can choose the language he or she thinks best meets an occasion like this. But Purdue University's opposition to racism in all its forms couldn’t be more clear, both from yesterday's statement and a host of others that preceded it. No action by a self-promoting fringe group can do anything to change that; in fact, it only furnishes another opportunity to underscore our committment to equal access and opportunity, inclusion, and respect for all people."
The Social Justice League will hold another rally on this issue will be held on the steps of Hovde Hall on Monday, December 5 at noon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Some Facts About the Carrier Deal

President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence are taking a victory lap in Indianapolis for a deal that will keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana that Carrier had planned to move to Mexico. While it's great that a thousand Hoosier workers get to keep their jobs at Carrier, there are some other facets of the deal your Trump-supporting friends may need to hear about.

According to Fortune magazine, "some 1,300 jobs will still go to Mexico, which includes 600 Carrier employees, plus 700 workers from UTEC Controls in Huntington, Ind." From here it looks like net jobs saved for the Indiana and the US is zero.

During the campaign Trump mocked politicians who tried to keep companies from leaving their states with tax incentive packages. What carrot did Trump/Pence offer Carrier to keep jobs here? A $700,000 annual tax break over several years funded by (guess who) Indiana taxpayers via the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Ever wonder why Pence continued as governor when he had Trump's transition to run and his hand-picked successor was already in place as lieutenant governor? Now it seems likely that the decision had something to do with the fact that, as governor, Pence is chairman of the board of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and presumably wields some influence over how they spend their Indiana tax dollars. Rachel Maddow explains this eloquently here.

On the campaign trail Trump bragged that he would use the threat of a 35 percent tariff on the products of companies that left the US. But a primary motivator for Carrier was its fear of losing federal contracts, not tariffs. According to CNN Money United Technologies, Carrier's parent company, does $5.6 billion in federal contract business each year and receives another $1.5 billion in R&D grants. They calculated that the Mexico move would save them $65 million per year. You can do that math. And the $700,000 per year tax abatement was just icing on the cake.

The deal was done by Mike Pence in his role as governor using taxpayer money. It was unrelated to any purported deal-making superpowers of President-elect Trump, nor did it reflect the hard-line strategy he said he would take when companies threaten to leave the US. In fact, it may inspire companies to announce they're leaving so they can score a tax exemption like Carrier got!

You can read more about this deal in Politico.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Donnelly Will Oppose Price Nomination as HHS Secretary

Senator Joe Donnelly says he will oppose Rep. Tom Price's nomination as Health and Human Services Secretary. Price is known as an active opponent of the Affordable Care Act and, Donnelly says, Price has “led the charge to privatize Medicare,” a position the Donnelly opposes: “I have opposed efforts to private Medicare in the past and I will oppose any effort to privatize Medicare or turn it into a voucher program in the future.” Donnelly sees Price's nomination as a “direct path to end Medicare as we know it.” You can read more about Donnelly's opposition to Price here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Join us for the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party
Holiday Party!
 
Thursday, December 15 5:00-8:00
Sylvia's Brick Oven in the Columbia Ballroom
625 Columbia St, Lafayette, 47904
$15 per person
Children are free
Heavy Hors D’oeuvres and Cash Bar
 
Sponsorship Levels
$250 Silver Bells
$150 Mistletoe
$75 Candy Cane
 
You must RSVP to Heather at hkm9@yahoo.com
You may pay online here
You may also pay at the door.  
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Purdue Students Stage "Love Trumps Hate" March on Campus



You can read Journal and Courier coverage of the event here.

For more information about Students of Purdue Against Racism Coalition and its activities, visit their web page here.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Tuesday was more than a kick in the gut-it left people extremely confused, saddened, and disillusioned. Yesterday I was full of despair and then after some sleep and some food, I picked myself up and realized the only way we are going to counter what happened Tuesday was to move forward.

While my heart is still heavy and my head will never understand this, we must regroup and continue to work together to spread love, equality for all, kindness, and acceptance. Everyone has value and deserves a seat at the table. Let's counter this nightmare with goodness. It all starts here.

Join us as we move forward to discuss ways you can stay engaged, involved, and make a difference.

When-Tuesday October 18 6:30-7:30
Where-Sylvia's Brick Oven 625 Columbia St, Lafayette

Monday, November 7, 2016

Where to Vote in Tippecanoe County on Election Day!

Tippecanoe County residents who are registered to vote can vote at any of the county's vote centers, listed below, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on November 8. Remember to bring along your government-issued photo ID, which may be a driver's license, state-issue ID card, military ID, or passport.

Tippecanoe County 4-H Fairground, Home Economics Building
1010 Teal Road, Lafayette 47905

Eagles Lodge
3208 South 18th Street, Lafayette 47909

Evangelical Covenant Church
3600 South 9th Street, Lafayette 47909

Jenks Rest Senior Center
1915 Scott Street, Lafayette 47904

Lafayette City Hall
20 North 6th Street, Lafayette 47901

Lafayette Fire Station #5
750 North Creasy Lane, Lafayette 47905

Saint Lawrence Church, Social Hall
1916 Meharry Street, Lafayette 47904

The Outpost Catering
2501 US Hwy 231 South, Lafayette 47909

Faith Community Center
5526 State Road 26 East, Lafayette 47905

Lafayette Fire Station #6 (Replacing The Shrine Club)
2561 Schuyler Avenue, Lafayette 47905

Purdue Memorial Union
101 North Grant Street, West Lafayette 47906

Morton Community Center
222 North Chauncey Avenue, West Lafayette 47906

Federated Christian Church
2400 Sycamore Lane, West Lafayette 47906

Burtsfield Gymnasium
1800 North Salisbury Street, West Lafayette 47906

West Lafayette Parks Building
1101 Kalberer Road, West Lafayette 47906

Wabash Township Fire Station #1
2899 Klondike Road, West Lafayette 47906

Battleground Fire Station
112 North Street, Battleground 47920

Clarks Hill Christian Church
9510 Pearl Street, Clarks Hill 47930

Dayton Town Hall
721 Walnut Street, Dayton 47941

State Democrat Candidates Rally in Lafayette

Mayor Tony Roswarski hosted all the Democratic candidates for state offices gathered at a final campaign rally at Duncan Hall in Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.  Those present included governor candidate John Gregg, lt. governor candidate Christina Hale, senate candidate Evan Bayh, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, along with others.  Here is Journal and Courier coverage of the event; you can also see a short video below.