Sign on: Solidarity with Bill Mullen

The USACBI Organizing Collective seeks signatures from college and university students, faculty, and staff in support of the following open statement. You need not be an endorser of USACBI to sign onto this statement, even as we invite you to endorse the USACBI call here if you haven”t yet done so. Please sign and share this public statement!

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US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) expresses its utmost solidarity with our comrade and colleague on the Organizing Collective, Bill Mullen, who is facing false and malicious attacks by Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, where Mullen is Professor of English and American Studies.

We condemn Daniels”s attack and recognize it as part of a larger attempt on the part of university administrators to vilify students and faculty fighting fascism, while they offer protection to those who are actually spreading fascism on college campuses under the cover of “free speech.” We also note that the question of Palestine brings clearly into focus university administrators” implication in white supremacy and fascist violence.

Professor Bill Mullen, as one of the founding members of the Campus Anti-Fascist Network (CAN), is vigorously opposing the fomenting of fascist violence on university campuses, including by those who identify as neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Even as Mullen has been engaged in strenuously fighting the antisemitism and racism promoted by “alt right” groups, his university president has falsely charged him with “anti-Semitism,” presumably on the basis of his Palestine solidarity work, including with the USACBI campaign.

CAN”s platform is premised on supporting democracy and respect for human rights, and opposing white supremacy and imperialist and fascistic violence. Daniels purposefully inverts and misrepresents CAN’s work, and in doing so creates and perpetuates a dangerously false equivalence between anti-Zionism and antisemitism, while letting real antisemites, in the form of white supremacists and neo-Nazis, speak freely. With no evidence to support his accusations, Daniels” dishonest association is meant to discipline those like Mullen who engage in anti-racist, anti-fascist work on the principle of justice.

Daniels” misconception–an all too common one–that anti-Zionism is antisemitic blinds him to the fact that the faculty member he demonizes is at the front lines of the fight against antisemitism, and that this activity, as part of Bill Mullen”s anti-fascist organizing, is perfectly consistent with his support for the Palestinian struggle. Both struggles involve upholding democratic principles, respect for human rights, and opposition to violent forms of nationalism and white supremacy in the US and elsewhere.

In attacking Bill Mullen, Mitch Daniels does something worse than equating anti-fascism with fascism. He supplements the work of the fascists through such baseless, distracting accusations.

All social justice movements have a stake in confronting this new form of McCarthyism, especially as growing bipartisan repression in the Trump era aims to systematically isolate and silence intersectional grassroots resistance wherever it appears.

For precisely these reasons, we stand in support with our comrade, Bill Mullen, as we refuse to divide our anti-Zionist organizing from the work of resisting fascism and white supremacy in all its forms.

–The USACBI Organizing Collective

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Organizational Endorsers (list in formation) 
American Muslims for Palestine
Al-Awda New York, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
French Association of Academics for the Respect of International Law in Palestine (AURDIP)
Belgian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
International Socialist Organization (ISO)
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Labor for Palestine
NYC Solidarity with Palestine
Radical Sanctuary collective, UC Davis
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

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