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UPS Sends a Message to the Boy Scouts’ Anti-LGBT Policies; Immigration on Congressional Agenda

Trans* Awareness Week Kicks Off At The University of Wisconsin-Madison. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Campus Center is set to launch its trans* awareness campaign later this week. The Center will host programming that includes a trans* monologue, and gender spectrum open mic (along with other events listed on the LGBT CC website) to honor and mourn both the survivors and the lives lost to transgender hate crimes. Gabe Javier, director of the Center, said that the week celebrates experiences of people all across the gender spectrum. The week's programming should attract many people, cis, trans*, and everywhere in between, to show support for the campus' trans* community. [Badger Herald]

UPS Won't Deliver Funding to the Boy Scouts Anymore. Following the recent announcement of technology manufacturer Intel's withdrawal of funding for the Boy Scouts, shipping giant UPS has also announced that it will no longer fund the Scouts. UPS made its decision after an online petition, urging the company to drop funding for organizations that discriminate against the LGBT community, amassed over 80,000 signatures. UPS put out a statement explaining its reasoning:  "We promote an environment of diversity and inclusion. UPS is a company that does the right things for the right reasons." Although the Boy Scouts will now have $85,000 fewer in their budget, the group has no intention to change their anti-LGBT policy. [God Discussion]

Immigration Next On Congressional Agenda. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proposed a comprehensive immigration process that would create a pathway to citizenship for the over 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. The plan would include a way to ensure that employers are hiring only documented workers, and it would require that those immigrants learn English, retain a job, have a clean criminal record, and go to the "back of the citizenship line." Both Schumer and Graham agree that no progress can be made until the country's borders are secure. Election exit polls showed that 65 percent of surveyed voters support allowing undocumented US immigrants to apply for legal status. [Lubbock Online]Conservative Oregon

State University Newspaper Enters First Amendment Battle. The Liberty, a conservative Oregon State University newspaper, is suing the university's President Ed Ray for allegedly suppressing the student paper's First Amendment rights. The conflict began in 2008-09 when OSU employees dumped The Liberty news bins in a storage yard without notifying the newspaper. OSU gave The Liberty permission to replace the bins in only two designated areas of the campus, a restriction that was not placed on other campus papers. The Liberty believes that OSU infringed upon their right to freedom of speech without justification, by throwing away the bins and copies of the newspaper. Ray upholds that The Liberty is an off-campus newspaper that is subject to different policies than on-campus publications. [Verdict]

Jennifer Hicks is a Communications Intern for Campus Progress.

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