Supporters of Wake County's diversity policy are holding another protest, this time against conservative businessman Bob Luddy.
According to a press release today, Students for Social Progress at N.C. State will protest tonight's on-campus speech by Luddy. His $23,000 in donations last fall to the individual Wake County school board candidates, the Wake Schools Community Alliance and the Wake County Republican Party made him the largest financial backer of the new board majority.
The protesters are also targeting Art Pope and the Pope Family Foundation tonight.
Here's the group's press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WHAT: Students Protest Robert Luddy Lecture at NCSU,
WHO: Students for Social Progress at NCSU
WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 2010, at 5:15 PM
WHERE: On the Nelson Hall Steps, on the corner of Hillsborough St. and
Brooks Ave.: 2801 Founders Drive, Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, NC- This evening, Robert Luddy, influential businessman and founder of Thales Academy, will speak at NC State University.
Students are protesting Luddy's funding of the school board majority's election campaigns (Luddy was the #1 individual funder). This majority voted in favor of dismantling the diversity policy, a measure which would lead to resegregation.
Media is invited to a protest outside the lecture. Protesters will voice their concerns about a very small group of powerful individuals and foundations being a driving influence behind both NCSU and Wake County Schools.
Students are also outraged about the Pope Foundation's interference on campus.
The student group sponsoring the event, SPEL (Society for Politics, Economics, and the Law), also receives funding from the Pope Foundation, which is run by Art Pope, the #2 funder of the WCPSS board majority campaigns. The John W. Pope Foundation also opposes any kind of regulation against racist or sexist speech on campus and has attempted to dismantle women and gender studies curricula, multicultural studies curricula, and the GLBT Center.
“This small but wealthy minority is threatening the future of our entire education. Luddy and his cohorts can't be allowed to freely dismantle public education to further their agendas,” stated Vidya Sankar, sophomore in biochemistry.
Students demand: Robert Luddy: Hands OFF our public education!