Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

Tell Betsy DeVos: Fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence. 

Under Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education (DOE), campus sexual assault survivors are on their own.  Just last week DeVos met with misogynistic "men’s rights groups" and rape deniers about weakening Title IX protections.

Additionally, Candice Jackson, the acting head of the DOE's Office for Civil Rights, told reporters from the New York Times that “90 percent of sexual assault accusations fall into the category of, 'We were both drunk’, ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'”

This is not the first time Jackson has made such appalling statements. She is a long-time anti-feminist activist who has almost no experience with civil rights law. She once claimed she faced discrimination because she was white.  She has made many victim-blaming statements over the years and has shown a deeply troubling skepticism of women who report sexual violence.

Three things you can do:  

1)  Email the Department of Education & Demand that Betsy DeVos fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence. 

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Will the Department of Education stand with survivors of campus sexual assault? Candice Jackson’s statement about sexual violence survivors perpetuates victim blaming and rape culture. The Department of Education must immediately fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence by preserving and enforcing Title IX.

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2)  Click here to sign the petition

3)  If you're in Denver, join the protest TODAY and let DeVos know how you feel in person.  Betsy DeVos and her pro-corporate, anti-student agenda is bad for our country and our state.  "Members of Colorado's largest teachers' union, the Colorado Education Association, plan to protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos when she visits Denver...reportedly to address the American Legislative Exchange Council at its annual meeting." - Education Week

PROTEST DETAILS:
1500 Grant St, Denver, Colorado 80203
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

We cannot remain silent while DeVos undermines policies that protect students from discrimination and violence, empowers rape deniers and appoints anti-feminist activists to positions of power in her department. We must raise a massive public outcry to demand that DeVos do her job, immediately fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from hate.

One in five women are sexually assaulted in college. According to a recent Title IX DOE report, there are 344 open sexual violence investigations at 242 postsecondary schools on the books right now. Title IX will only protect students from hate and violence if the DOE makes sure that schools enforce it.

DeVos has the power to control the enforcement of Title IX provisions to combat sexual violence on campuses, but she will only stand up for survivors if there is massive public pressure on her to do so.

Colorado educators plan protest against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos - The Denver Post

Senator Wants Education Official Fired After 'Egregious' Campus Sexual Assault Remark - Time

Betsy DeVos needs to fire her top civil rights deputy after sexual assault comments, Sen. Patty Murray says – LA Times

Betsy DeVos’ Civil Rights Chief Said “90 Percent” of Campus Rape Claims Are Bogus. The Backlash Was Swift. – Mother Jones

With thanks to CREDO Action.