Refusing to be defeated by the intransigence of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) administration, students and Baltimore community members held a teach-in and rally on November 15 to protest the university’s million-dollar contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The action was spurred after the administration received a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for JHU to terminate the ICE contracts — and then rebuffed the demand.
At least 30 participated in the teach-in outside in freezing weather before entering the Brody Learning Commons (BLC) building to disrupt business as usual, where the action swelled to at least 80 participants.
Speakers at the teach-in rejected the administration’s cynical invocation of “academic freedom” as a defense of the ICE contracts, and denounced the university’s complicity in Trump’s war on immigrants. Inside the BLC, protesters chanted, “Money for education, not deportation!” and “End the contracts!” after several participants unfurled a banner over a balcony, which read “End the Contracts! #ICEoutJHU.”
This was the second major action against the contracts to have taken place at JHU since a coalition of student organizations came together in September to pressure the university to end its partnership with ICE.
Since 2008, the university has earned more than $7 million from 37 contracts with ICE, and currently, Hopkins has three contracts with the agency totaling more than $1.7 million. The contracts are for Hopkins to provide emergency medical training and leadership education to ICE personnel and are housed by the School of Medicine and the School of Education, respectively.
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THE #ICEoutJHU campaign was ignited after JHU Professor Drew Daniel authored a petition that called on JHU to…