Blair Nelson, Campus Reform, December 10, 2018
An Illinois Gender & Women’s Studies department endorsed a call for the abolition of both ICE and the police.
The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) Gender & Women’s Studies department shared this demand from a nine-point platform created by the National Trans Youth Council’s nine-point platform, prefacing the Facebook post with “something to believe in.”
“We call for the abolition of the police, ICE, borders, and the judicial system,” the NTYC platform reads.
Madeleine Hubbard, president of Turning Point USA at UIUC, called this demand “very concerning.”
“Without these groups, you would not have Rule of Law. A society cannot function without the Rule of Law. Complete chaos and anarchy would break out,” Hubbard told Campus Reform. “It is disturbing that a university department would call for the end of the judicial system. While there might be flaws in the judicial system, it is still the very fabric that holds society together.”
“We call for decolonization and reparations for all indigenous and black peoples,” another one of the NTYC demands shared by the university reads.
The Yerbamala Collective is “a nebulous coven of anti-fascist witches whose poetry has been popping up on social media feeds, fenceposts, and other physical spaces since the U.S. presidential inauguration,” according to Medium.
“It is quite worrisome [for] a group receiving funding from public tax dollars to be promoting “curses,” Hubbard said. “I understand Halloween decorations and jokes, but encouraging harm to others through ‘curses’ is too far.”