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DSG denounces the deportation of Samuel Oliver-Bruno

(12/03/18 5:00am)

Duke Student Government Equity and Outreach and Durham and Regional Affairs condemns Samuel Oliver-Bruno’s deportation. His arrest came during his visit to the Cary U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) facility for a biometrics appointment, necessary to further his path to legal residence. There, plain-clothed ICE agents arrested him the instant he walked in the building and those protesting his arrest were detained as well. This use of covert tactics is absolutely horrendous, considering that Samuel and his community were following the legal procedure to renew a work permit. Samuel is a vital part of the Durham community as he is a husband to his wife, a father to his son, a friend to many and a minister for CityWell Methodist Church. His deportation is devastating for not only his family, but the Durham community as well. His wife is currently receiving medical treatment that is not available in Mexico and his son is planning to attend college. Without Samuel’s income in the house, Samuel’s son might be forced to put away his dream of college in order to pay for his mother’s treatment. As members of the Durham community, we wholeheartedly denounce the manner in which Samuel was detained and the expedited way in which he was thrown into removal proceedings, despite the fact that U.S. representatives G.K. Butterfield and and David Price called for an investigation into his case. Echoing the words of the CityWell church where Samuel was living in sanctuary, we are appalled by the collusion between USCIS and ICE to use a legitimate immigration process as bait for ambush, and believe this undermines credibility of United States agencies and government processes. We, the Duke Student Government Equity and Outreach Committee and Durham and Regional Affairs Committee, stand with Samuel Oliver-Bruno and his family.


A call to spill the inequi-tea

(11/12/18 5:00am)

Last week, we were ecstatic about the unanimous passage of our resolution that called upon administration to directly address the issue of hate and bias on our campus by developing standard policies to address it. Unfortunately, this excitement was short-lived; yet another act of hate occurred in our community. Regardless of the motivations for these acts, their impact is damaging and widely felt. It’s not strictly the words or the symbols of these acts that cause harm, but rather, the message that they convey. In the current national climate, our country is divided on multiple fronts as national leaders are singling out groups of people based on race, sexual orientation and gender identity; in other words, people are constantly judged on major facets of their identity. However, we must rise above the ideologies that seek to differentiate and divide us. 


Tackling fear of awkward conversation

(02/24/17 5:54am)

Let’s talk about what equity looks like at Duke, and more so, let’s talk about what equity looks like in a land far, far away called the real world. Students come to Duke with varying socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and, in these politically polarized times, it seems that students from different backgrounds are less able to talk to each other. This leaves students with marginalized identities feeling that their stories are brushed aside.