On November 15, Alma College Action hosted the Stop Hate Rally in conjunction with National Student Action to condemn hate speech in the United States.
The rally was hosted to promote Alma College as a safe campus that stands behind its most vulnerable students. The group requested that the college take action against hate speech.
Over fifty students, faculty, and staff participated in the event, holding posters, signs, and chanting “The people united will never be divided.” As a part of the rally, Alma College Action co-president’s Madison Amlotte, a Political Science and Philosophy major, and Domenica Dalla-Vecchia, a New Media Studies and Sociology double major, delivered a letter to Alma College President, Jeff Abernathy. The letter petitioned him on behalf of the student body to address the college’s position on hate speech and discrimination.
Later that same week, President Abernathy sent out a letter to the entire campus stating: “I want to reaffirm the college’s commitment to providing a campus environment that protects equal rights, freedom of expression, and freedom from discrimination. Alma College will not tolerate harassment or abuse of any member of this community… we affirm the college’s commitment to protecting the civil rights of our students, faculty and staff. Together, we are Alma College.”
New Media Studies majors were involved both with documenting the event and planning the event. Zack Baker (New Media Studies, ’18) photographed the event for the on-campus publication, The Almanian. Domenica Dalla-Vecchia (New Media Studies and Sociology, ’20) was one of the event leaders and is the co-president of Alma College Action.